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Partner & General Counsel - Charles L. Howard

Charles L. Howard

Partner & General Counsel

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Chuck Howard has extensive litigation experience in state and federal court in a wide range of matters, including over seventy-five appeals. His intellectual property litigation experience encompasses copyright, trademark, trade secret, covenant not to compete and patent litigation, including proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. His business and public sector litigation experience includes representation of business clients in many diverse matters, and representation of the State of Connecticut, quasi-public state agencies, and municipalities.

Chuck is the author of The Organizational Ombudsman: Origins, Roles and Operations-A Legal Guide, and has a national practice in representing organizational ombudsmen at universities and multinational corporations. Click to read reviews of the book, which is also available for purchase on He has lectured and written extensively on ombuds and related topics. In January of 2002, he was appointed by the United States Sentencing Commission to serve as one of sixteen members to a national Advisory Group to review and recommend revisions to the federal organizational sentencing guidelines. Chuck serves on the ABA Dispute Resolution Council and is also a member of the Dispute Resolution Section Publications Board.

Chuck is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He was an Assistant Attorney General for Attorney General John C. Danforth of Missouri from 1975-1976.

Chuck Howard serves as General Counsel to Shipman & Goodwin. From 1985-2000 he was Chair of the Litigation Department.


  • Award of Special Recognition, International Ombudsman Association (2012)
  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Intellectual Property Litigation (2006, 2009-2016)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Commercial Litigation (2007-2018); Arbitration, Mediation (2013-2018)
  • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, Ombuds Committee: Co-Chair; Chair (2013-2017)
  • Connecticut Supreme Court Judicial-Media Committee; Member
  • Connecticut Client Security Fund Committee
  • Connecticut Criminal Justice Commission; Commissioner (1995-2005)
  • Connecticut Judicial Selection Commission (1992-1995)
  • Connecticut Commission on the Compensation of State Elected Officials and Judges (1983-1991)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society (2014)
  • James W. Cooper Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation
  • Connecticut Secretary of State Public Service Award
  • Trustee appointed by Superior Court for clients of disbarred lawyers

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Arbitration Association: Arbitrator
  • Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court

Community Involvement

  • Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society: Incorporator; Board of Directors (2005-2016); Secretary (2005-2013); Treasurer (2013-2016)
  • Simsbury Land Trust: Member of Board of Trustees and President (2008-2014)
  • Lawyers for Children America: Pro Bono Attorney
  • Town Of Simsbury Charter Revision Commission (2004-2006): Chair
  • First Church of Christ, Simsbury: Former President

Dismissal of Unfair Trade Practices Class Action Claim for National Retailer For Alleged Erroneous Collection of State Sales Tax

Successfully asserted that plaintiff should have exhausted administrative remedies in connection with suit seeking certification of class action for claims under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act for alleged failure to deduct value of coupons prior to computing and collecting sales tax. Blass v. Rite Aid of Connecticut, Inc., 51 Conn. Sup. 622 (2009). Dismissal affirmed on appeal, Blass v. Rite Aid of Connecticut, Inc., 127 Conn. App. 569 (2011).

Successful Defense of Quasi-Public State Authority

Representation of housing authority in successful defense of suits seeking to compel authority to permit pre-payment of mortgages. Renaissance Management Co. v. Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, 281 Conn. 227 (2007); Woodrow Wilson of Middletown, LLC v. Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, 294 Conn. 639 (2010).


Settled Copyright infringement Case Prior to Trial
Ombudsman Programs
Seminal Case Recognizing Confidentially Privilege for Ombudsmen
Structuring and Operating Organizational Ombuds Programs
Protection of Confidentiality of Communications with Ombudsman Programs
Patent Infringement Representation
Defense of Patent Infringement Claims
Trade Secrets
Stolen and Reproduced Goods
Statutory Theft of Trade Secrets Action
Defense against Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims
Successful Trademark Opposition Involving Convergence of Technology
Federal Certification Mark Prosecutions Against Counterfeiting Doctors
Defense of Trademark Infringement Case Brought by Foreign Manufacturer
Clothing Trademark Infringement Suit
Trademark Infringement and False Statement of Origin Case
Trademark Opposition Proceedings at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
Defense of Trademark Infringement Claims
Trademark and Trade Dress Infringement Case
Successful Defense of Quasi-Public State Authority
Dismissal of Alleged Environmental Claims Against Municipality that Purchased Surplus Property from the State
Dismissal of Unfair Trade Practices Class Action Claim for National Retailer For Alleged Erroneous Collection of State Sales Tax
ERISA Appeal
Appeal from Federal Tax Court from Penalties for Late-Filed Tax Return
Election and Public Referendum Expenses Appeal by Regional School Board
Insurance Company Demutualization Claims
Dismissal of Lawsuit Claiming Improper Collection of Sales Tax
Settlement of Claims Arising From the Development Agreement Wth the New England Patriots
Local Counsel in Insurance Coverage Litigation
Corporate Business Tax Appeal
Preserved Quasi-Public Agency's Ability to Enforce Mortgage's No-Prepayment Term
Termination of Contract Claims
Drafting of Municipal Financial Crisis Legislation Preventing a Major City Filing For Bankruptcy
Connecticut Supreme Court Appeal Involving Municipal Site Plan Approval
Connecticut Supreme Court Appeal Involving Constitutional Search and Seizure Claims
Defense of Police Chiefs and Senior Police Officials in Civil Rights Action
Representation of City on Claims Based on Ground Lease Agreement, Leading to Freedom of Information Appeals and Two Appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2d Circuit
Suit Over Groundwater Contamination Leads to Groundbreaking Legislation
Appeal on a Discrimination and Retaliation for Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim
Successful Appeal in Connecticut Supreme Court Relating to Supplemental Sewer Assessment


April 24, 2017  International Ombudsman Association: The Education Conflict Resolution
April 20, 2017  Education Conflict Resolution: Establishing Ombuds Programs in K-12 Schools
March 26, 2017  National School Board Association: The Educational Ombudsman - A Valuable Tool for Early Dispute Resolution
April 19, 2016  Mediating on the Inside
April 4-9, 2014  IOA: Ninth Annual Conference
April 2-5, 2014  ABA: 2014 Spring Conference - Section of Dispute Resolution
December 12-13, 2013  Asymmetric Information Risk: The Role of the Ombudsman
October 8, 2013  What's Next in the Ombuds World: Ideas for Future Legal Developments
September 30, 2013  Legal Updates and Significant Cases
June 13-14, 2013  Asymmetric Information Risk: The Role of the Ombudsman
May 15, 2013  Webinar: The Role of Corporate Ombuds: An Organizational Partner for Risk Mitigation and Conflict Prevention
April 19-24, 2013  Update on the "Dear Colleague Letter" and Confidentiality
February 26, 2013  Workplace Dispute Resolution: The Role of the Organizational Ombudsman
February 25, 2013  Organizational Ombudsman Programs
February 16, 2013  Advanced Ombuds Practice & Organizational Change
February 7, 2013  How an Ombuds Office Serving Employees, Customers, and Citizens Can Bring Greater Success to Your Agency
January 3, 2013  The Role of Corporate Ombuds: An Organizational Partner for Risk Mitigation and Conflict Prevention
November 8, 2012  Building a Better Workplace Through the Organizational Ombuds
October 30, 2012  The Organizational Ombudsman
October 29, 2012  Coalition of Federal Ombudsmen 11th Annual Conference
October 18, 2012  Protecting The Business Jewels: Trade Secrets, Restrictive Covenants, and Computer Theft
September 25, 2012  Workplace Conflict and Reporting: The Role of an Organizational Ombudsman and the Importance of Confidential Communications

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  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1975
  • Princeton University, A.B., 1972, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. District Court, District of CO
  • U.S. District Court, District of VT
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of NY
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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