Nigel Howard

Nigel L. Howard

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Covington & Burling LLP
The New York Times Building
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018-1405
Tel: +1 212 841 1020



  • University of London, LL.M., 1991
    • Intellectual Property Law
    • pass with merit
  • Lancaster University, England, LL.B., 1987
    • with honors
    • Veronica Cowan prize for law

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Technology, intellectual property and data are amongst the most valuable and strategic assets for a business.  Clients turn to Nigel Howard to help them execute on their most innovative and complex transactions involving technology, intellectual property and data. He is a "tremendous attorney" singled out for his detail-oriented approach, according to clients interviewed by Chambers and Partners.  Peer commentators note his admirable commercial awareness, which achieves business-focused results, often in the most challenging of circumstances.  For over 20 years he has specialized in complex commercial transactions such as strategic alliances, licensing, distribution agreements and outsourcing.  Clients range from start-ups and emerging companies to international corporations. He has led negotiations of billion dollar service agreements that were critical to his client, and successfully handled the intellectual property and data issues on over 250 venture capital and M&A transactions.

Mr. Howard has been at the forefront of initiatives to protect data assets for his clients, helping them achieve a competitive advantage or fend off a competitive threat.  He advises clients on their proprietary rights to data and global strategies for protecting these assets. He has represented companies in transactions covering the full spectrum of data related activities, including data capture and storage, business and operational intelligence, analytics and visualization, personalized merchandizing, and the related cloud computing services, such as Data as a Service and Analytics Infrastructure as a Service.

Mr. Howard has been ranked by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Legal 500, Best Lawyers in America, and Who’s Who in American Law.  He is frequent speaker on data, distribution and technology legal issues, and regularly contributes to Covington’s blogs.  His past and current clients include American Airlines, the American Bankers Association, American Express, AstraZeneca, British Airways, Brown Brothers Harriman, Cathay Pacific, Cisco, CoBank, DoubleClick, Etihad, Farelogix, Iberia, Merck, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, NCR, the NFL, Novartis, P&G, Philippine Airlines, Promontory Financial, Singapore Airlines, TouchTunes, UBS, and Wyeth.

Representative Matters

  • American Airlines on a series of global ticket inventory distribution arrangements with Amadeus, Sabre, and Travelport.
  • American Airlines in information technology services agreements with Amadeus, Sabre, HP, and ITA Software (Google).
  • AstraZeneca in a technology and data collaboration for the development of a new medical outcomes data research and analytics system with Healthcore.
  • Microsoft Corp. in the $4.5 billion winning bid in the auction of Nortel Networks Corporation’s 6000 patents and patent applications.
  • CHEP USA in an information technology outsourcing to Dell.
  • Apple Leisure Group in a series of information technology transactions, including electronic distribution agreements with hotels. 
  • Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in connection with the negotiation of a license and service agreement for an enterprise wide Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system.
  • The National Football League on its next generation data collaboration with Sportradar, a European sports data company.
  • Cathay Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Singapore Airlines in distribution agreement negotiations with Sabre in connection with the sale of the Abacus GDS to Sabre.

Honors and Rankings

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Chambers USA
  • Chambers Global
  • Legal 500 US
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • The International Who's Who of Internet & e-Commerce Lawyers
  • The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers

Publications and Speeches

  • "Managing risk associated with third party outsourcing," Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers (October 2015), Co-Author
  • "New Distribution Capability - Implementing a New Standard," IATA Legal Symposium (2/27/2015)
  • "Whose Data is it Anyway?," ABA Air & Space Forum (2/20/2015)
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