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Jerald S. Howe, Jr.

Jerald S. Howe, Jr.

  • Partner
  • Washington, DC
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Jerry Howe is a partner resident in Fried Frank's Washington, DC office.  He heads the Firm's Government Contracts Practice and is a member of the Firm's Mergers and Acquisitions and Aerospace & Defense Practices.  Mr. Howe joined Fried Frank in 2013.

Mr. Howe advises clients with respect to government contracts litigation, investigations and bid protests, as well as M&A and private equity transactions in the aerospace & defense industry. 

Mr. Howe has more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace, defense, and intelligence sectors. Before joining Fried Frank, he was the Senior Vice President and General Counsel at TASC, a leading aerospace and defense company.  In this position, he oversaw the company's legal affairs, corporate development and M&A, ethics and compliance programs, government relations, and security. Previously, he was owner and principal of InSequitur LLC, a consulting firm, and Executive Vice President of the Olive Group.  Mr. Howe also served as Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Veridian Corporation, a publicly-traded company that provided advanced technology services and solutions to the intelligence community, military, and homeland defense agencies.

Before joining the corporate world, Mr. Howe was a partner for nine years at a major international law firm, where his practice focused on aerospace law and transactions, government contracts law and litigation with an emphasis on high-technology procurement, and federal court civil and appellate litigation.  He represented preeminent defense, aerospace, and information technology companies.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Howe is recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Government Contracts and is recognized as a recommended practitioner by Legal 500 in Government Contracts.  He has also been selected as one of "Washington's Top Lawyers" by Washingtonian magazine and was named to the 2014 BTI "Client Service All-Stars," an exclusive group of lawyers singled out for delivering superior client service to corporate counsel.  Additionally, Fried Frank's Government Contracts Practice has been recognized by Law360 as a "Government Contracts Group of the Year" in two of the past four years, in recognition of the Firm's leading position in government contractor corporate transactions, bid protests, and fraud defense litigation.

Professional Associations

Co-Founder, General Counsels Forum
Member, ABA Section of Public Contract Law
Member, Law360 Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board
Moderator, Aspen Institute
Co-Founder and Treasurer, No Labels
Former Chair, Washington Space Business Roundtable
Former President, Federal Circuit Bar Association


Mr. Howe served as law clerk for Judge George MacKinnon of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

District of Columbia; Active TS/SCI Security Clearance

Practices & Industries


Harvard Law School, JD – 1983
  • cum laude
  • Editor, Harvard Law Review
Oxford University, MA – 1980
  • Honors
  • Sachs Scholar
Princeton University, AB – 1978
  • magna cum laude
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