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Charles Howard Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

May 17, 2019

Charles L. Howard, former Partner and General Counsel of Shipman & Goodwin, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Connecticut Law Tribune in recognition of his outstanding contribution and lasting impact on the practice of law in Connecticut and nationwide.

Mr. Howard was a Partner from 1984 through 2018 before becoming Of Counsel in January 2019, and from 2014 through 2018, he served as the firm’s General Counsel.

Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department from 1984 through 2000, Mr. Howard has had an unusually broad and creative litigation practice in state and federal courts, including representing business clients in complex business, tax, ERISA, and IP disputes; representing public and quasi-public entities; handling criminal matters, arbitrations; and developing a national practice representing ombuds offices. He has briefed and/or argued more than 75 appeals.

In addition to significant litigation achievements, Mr. Howard has gained national recognition in representing ombudsmen at universities, multinational corporations and research institutions. He authored The Organizational Ombudsman: Origins, Roles and Operations – A Legal Guide, which remains the preeminent resource on ombuds, and is generally recognized as a leading lawyer in the country in this area. For the past several years, Mr. Howard led the Ombuds Committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section, which was responsible for a 2017 ABA Resolution and for prompting a study by the Administrative Conference of the United States resulting in Recommendation 2016-5 encouraging the greater use of ombudsman programs.

Mr. Howard’s contributions to professional, civic and public service endeavors include serving on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, as a member of Connecticut’s Criminal Justice Commission and being appointed by the U.S. Sentencing Commission as one of 16 members of a national advisory body to recommend revisions to federal organizational sentencing guidelines. In addition, he has served as an incorporator, secretary, treasurer and Board member of the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society.

Mr. Howard was an Assistant Attorney General for Attorney General John C. Danforth of Missouri from 1975-1976.

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