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Howard is one of the founders of Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP. He concentrates his practice on commercial real estate and related corporate, securities and business planning matters. Howard has extensive experience in the formation of joint ventures between institutional partners and developers and in the acquisition, development, leasing and disposition of office buildings, shopping centers and other retail locations, multi-family housing, industrial buildings and mixed used facilities, as well as real estate financings, restructurings and foreclosures.

Howard is frequently recognized as one of real estate law's top-ranked practitioners in Illinois by Chambers USA; Best Lawyers in America; Who's Who Legal; Super Lawyers; and the Leading Lawyers, among others. Most recently, Howard was named the Best Lawyers® 2019 Chicago Litigation - Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year.”

Representative Experience

Activities & Honors

  • Selected, The Best Lawyers in America© (2006-2022)
    • Real Estate Law
    • Litigation - Real Estate Law
    • Named Chicago Real Estate Lawyer of the Year (2021)
    • Named Chicago Litigation - Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year" (2014 & 2019)
  • Selected, Illinois Super Lawyers (2005-2021)
    • Top Ten Real Estate (2016)
    • Top 100 Real Estate: Commercial & Finance
  • Selected, Leading Lawyers Network (2003-2021)
  • Ranked, Illinois Real Estate, Chambers USA (2008-2021)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Selected, Legal 500
  • Selected, Who's Who Legal

Other Events & Speaking Engagements

  • Has spoken at numerous seminars and conferences on various joint venture, real property, secured lending and workout related issues.




University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1979

Northwestern University, with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 1976

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois

Representative Clients

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