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Howard joined Reed Smith in 2010 as Senior M&A Partner and is a member of the Global Corporate Group. His practice focuses on a variety of domestic and international business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions (negotiated and hostile), securities/capital market transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, as well as corporate governance issues, and the negotiated resolution of business disputes. Howard is internationally recognized both for his wide-ranging M&A experience, and his extensive experience advising on securities compliance and corporate governance/board oversight matters.


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1968, J.D.
  • Harvard College, 1965, A.B., cum laude

  • New York
  • Pennsylvania


  • President, University of Pennsylvania Law Alumni Society
  • President, The Harvard Club of Philadelphia
  • Trustee, Philadelphia Museum of Art Corporate Partners
  • Director, Community Legal Services
  • Director, Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition
  • Trustee, Philadelphia Bar Foundation
  • Advisory Board, University of Pennsylvania Institute for Law and Economics

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (1991-present)
  • Listed, Who's Who in the World (1990-present)
  • Listed, American Lawyer Magazine, Leading New York M&A Lawyers (2002-present)
  • Listed, PLC Global Counsel, Leading M&A Lawyers Worldwide (2003-present)
  • Listed, New York Magazine, M&A Super Lawyers (2005-present)

Speaking Engagements

  • Euromoney Institutional Investor Conference on Leveraged Recapitalizations
  • Speaker at annual M&A Institutes presented in New York by City Bar Association and leading law schools
  • Founder and Chairman, Practising Law Institute Seminars on "Acquiring or Selling the Privately-Held Company"