Jerald S. Howe, Jr.

Jerald S. Howe, Jr.


Jerry Howe is a lawyer and business executive in the aerospace, defense, intelligence and government services sectors. Since July 2017, he has served as executive vice president and general counsel of Leidos Holdings, Inc. [NYSE: LDOS]. There Mr. Howe has responsibility for legal, contracts, and corporate governance matters, and administrative oversight of the company’s ethics and compliance and internal audit functions. Leidos is a Fortune 500® science and technology solutions and services leader, working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets — with over 32,000 employees and $10 billion in annual revenue. 

From March 2013 through June 2017, Mr. Howe was a partner with the New York and Washington law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s government contracts, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and aerospace and defense practices. His team was named “Group of the Year” nationally by Law360 in three of the five years he led it.

Mr. Howe’s prior senior corporate positions include Veridian [VNX: NYSE] and TASC, where he had responsibility for legal affairs, corporate development, M&A, contracting, ethics and compliance, government relations, and security. Before moving to the corporate world in 2000, he was a partner for a decade at a leading Washington law firm. Preceding private practice, Mr. Howe was a law clerk for Judge George MacKinnon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, a highly respected federal jurist.

Mr. Howe was previously president of the Federal Circuit Bar Association, chair of the Washington Space Business Roundtable, treasurer of the All America PAC, and director of Intermap Technologies [IMP: TSX]. Currently, in addition to serving as a moderator for the Aspen Institute, he is active as co-founder and treasurer of No Labels and an advisory board member of Luminati Aerospace LLC and Sentinel Satellite LLC.

Mr. Howe received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review; his honors M.A. in modern history and economics from Oxford University, where he was a Sachs Scholar; and his A.B. magna cum laude from Princeton University and its School of Public and International Affairs.

A native of Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, Maryland, Mr. Howe is married with two grown daughters and a grandson.