Howard represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial and employment cases in state and federal courts around the country. Howard is also a passionate civil rights advocate, focusing on catastrophic jail and prison cases on behalf of prisoners and their estates. Howard has found the skills he developed as a commercial litigator extremely useful in holding state officials and private prison companies accountable for their violations of the Constitution and federal law.
Before co-founding Kaplan & Grady, Howard was a litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis, where he prosecuted and defended high-profile and bet-the-company cases alongside some of the most talented litigators in the country. At Kaplan & Grady, Howard builds on that experience to provide the highest-quality representation in an efficient and flexible boutique setting.
Before joining Kirkland & Ellis, Howard clerked for the Hon. John D. Tinder on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Hon. Robert M. Dow Jr. on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Howard graduated magna cum laude from The University of Michigan Law School in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He earned a Ph.D in philosophy from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Skidmore College.