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Of Counsel - Charles L. Howard

Charles L. Howard

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Chuck Howard was a partner of Shipman & Goodwin from 1984 through 2018 before becoming “Of Counsel” on January 1, 2019. From 1984 through 2000, he was Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department; and from 2014 through 2018, he served as the firm’s General Counsel.

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, multinational corporations and other organizations. 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 Executive Committee and Council.

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.


  • Award of Special Recognition, International Ombudsman Association (2012)
  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Intellectual Property Litigation (2006, 2009-2018)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Commercial Litigation (2007-2020); Arbitration, Mediation (2013-2020)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Connecticut Law Tribune (2019)
  • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section: Publications Board (2011-2018); Section Council (2015-present); Ombuds Committee, Chair and Co-Chair (2013-2018); Budget Officer (2018)
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation: Board of Directors (2018-present); James W. Cooper Fellow
  • Connecticut Supreme Court Judicial-Media Committee (2006-2014)
  • Connecticut Client Security Fund Committee (2017-present)
  • Connecticut Criminal Justice Commission (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 (2014-2017)
  • Connecticut Secretary of State Public Service Award
  • Trustee twice appointed by Superior Court for clients of suspended and disbarred lawyers

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar 
  • 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 (2005-present), Vice President (2006-2008) and President (2008-2014)
  • Lawyers for Children America: Pro Bono Attorney
  • Town Of Simsbury Charter Revision Commission, Chair (2004-2006)
  • 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).


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
Dismissal of Lawsuit Claiming Improper Collection of Sales Tax
ERISA Appeal
Insurance Company Demutualization Claims
Election and Public Referendum Expenses Appeal by Regional School Board
Appeal from Federal Tax Court from Penalties for Late-Filed Tax Return
Termination of Contract Claims
Successful Appeal in Connecticut Supreme Court Relating to Supplemental Sewer Assessment
Corporate Business Tax Appeal
Suit Over Groundwater Contamination Leads to Groundbreaking Legislation
Settlement of Claims Arising From the Development Agreement Wth the New England Patriots
Local Counsel in Insurance Coverage Litigation
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
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
Appeal on a Discrimination and Retaliation for Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim
Preserved Quasi-Public Agency's Ability to Enforce Mortgage's No-Prepayment Term
Settled Copyright infringement Case Prior to Trial
Ombudsman Programs
Protection of Confidentiality of Communications with Ombudsman Programs
Seminal Case Recognizing Confidentially Privilege for Ombudsmen
Structuring and Operating Organizational Ombuds Programs
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
Clothing Trademark Infringement Suit
Defense of Trademark Infringement Claims
Trademark Infringement and False Statement of Origin Case
Trademark and Trade Dress Infringement Case
Defense of Trademark Infringement Case Brought by Foreign Manufacturer
Trademark Opposition Proceedings at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

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Practice Areas


  • 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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