Howard S. Hogan is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and is Co-Chair of the Fashion, Retail and Consumer Products group.
Mr. Hogan's practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and counseling, including trademark, copyright, patent, false advertising, right of publicity, licensing, and trade secret matters. Mr. Hogan currently represents a number of leading brands in a series of trademark infringement actions against operators of websites that sell counterfeit goods, resulting in awards of millions of dollars in damages and broad injunctive relief. Mr. Hogan has also represented numerous companies in successfully defending against overly aggressive assertions of intellectual property rights.
A significant portion of Mr. Hogan's practice involves computer, Internet, and new media-related issues. Many of Mr. Hogan’s matters have tested the application of traditional legal principles to the Internet and new media, such as in connection with issues of Internet jurisdiction, online contracting, and the application of trademark and copyright law to search engines, social media, and online sales. In 2013, Mr. Hogan obtained what is believed to be the first judgment applying the anti-counterfeiting provisions of the Lanham Act against the maker of a counterfeit mobile app.
Mr. Hogan is a frequent lecturer and writer on intellectual property and technology-related issues. For example, Mr. Hogan is the co-author, with Gibson Dunn partner Lois Herzeca, of Fashion Law and Business: Brands and Retailers, a treatise published by the Practising Law Institute (2013).
From 1999-2000 Mr. Hogan was Law Clerk to the Honorable Naomi Reice Buchwald, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. In 1994, Mr. Hogan helped to initiate the AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps, where he received the organization’s Outstanding Leadership Award in 1995.
Mr. Hogan received his B.S.F.S., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1994, Phi Beta Kappa with a European Studies Certificate. In 1999 he received his J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of The Commentator and Research and Writing Editor for the Moot Court Board. Mr. Hogan is also an alumnus of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, where he spent the 1992-93 academic term as a visiting student.