Senior counsel Howard L. Meyers counsels clients on all aspects of corporate law. His practice encompasses traditional debt and equity securities; mergers and acquisitions; bank financings; partnership law, including public master limited partnerships and private syndications; and emerging businesses and venture capital. He also advises clients on securities law compliance and corporate governance issues. In that role, Howard has acted as special counsel to independent board committees and counsels several large not-for-profit corporations.
Companies in the energy, public utility, and specialty chemical industries are among Howard’s clients. He counsels them in transactions such as acquisitions, dispositions, financings, securities offerings, and general corporate matters. He also works closely with oil pipeline companies, propane distribution businesses, and large international manufacturers. In addition to traditional corporate structures, Howard is familiar with publicly traded master limited partnerships and represents those entities in a variety of transactions.
Howard has held a number of leadership positions within Morgan Lewis. From 1994 through 1996 he served as the firm managing partner. From 2000 to 2006 he was managing partner for the Philadelphia office. He chaired the firm’s Audit Committee and its predecessor the Finance Committee from 1997 to 2016.
A frequent speaker, Howard talks primarily about audit committee responsibilities and corporate governance issues. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware.
An active member of the community, Howard served as general counsel and a director of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce for over 30 years, a director and former chair of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, a director and former chair of the board of directors of the Committee of Seventy, a good government organization, and as a director of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He currently serves as a director and executive committee member of The William Penn Foundation.
University of Virginia School of Law, 1973, J.D., Order of the Coif
University of Delaware, 1970, B.S.
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Energy/Projects: Power (including Renewables), Chambers USA (2018)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Energy, Law360 (2016)
Member, Energy Law Firm of the Year, US News & World Report/Best Lawyers (2015)
Recognized, Acritas Star Lawyer (2017)
Recommended, Mergers and Acquisitions, The Legal 500 (2014)
Former General Counsel and Director of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
Member of The William Penn Foundation Board of Directors
Former Director and Chair, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Advisory Board, John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics at the University of Delaware
Former Chairman, The Committee of Seventy
Former Member, Board of Directors of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Philadelphia Chapter
Recipient of the 2013 Philadelphia Bar Association Business Law Section Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award for superior legal talent, unique contributions to and significant achievement in the business law community and civic causes, and mentoring young attorneys
Recipient of the Legal Intelligencer’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016