Howard Berman

Howard L. Berman

Senior Advisor
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Covington & Burling LLP
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Los Angeles, CA 90067-3044
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  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, LL.B., 1965
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1962

Congressman Howard Berman advises clients on a wide range of foreign affairs and domestic policy matters, including defense and national security issues, investment, intellectual property, entertainment, technology and immigration.  He also serves on the board of trustees of the Asia Foundation, the board of the National Democratic Institute, the Immigration Task Force of the Bipartisan Policy Center, and the Board of Directors of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

First elected to Congress in 1982, Congressman Berman became known as one of Capitol Hill’s preeminent deal-makers.  National Journal described him as “one of the most creative members of the House and one of the most clear-sighted operators in American politics.”

As the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Berman was one of Congress’ leading experts on international relations.  On the Committee, he repeatedly helped build bipartisan consensus within the House, and between Congress and the Executive Branch.  A long-time senior member on the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Berman chaired the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, where he successfully led efforts resulting in major changes to intellectual property laws affecting the entertainment and high-tech industries.

Congressman Berman, a senior advisor not practicing law until admitted in the District of Columbia, will provide policy and legislative advice to clients and members of the firm.

Honors and Rankings

  • Cyber Champion Award, Business Software Alliance
  • Directors Guild of America Honor
  • Outstanding Commitment to Justice Award, Legal Services Corporation
  • Legal 500 US, Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory and Transactional (2014)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Pacific Council on International Policy, Board Member
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