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Howard concentrates his practice in the representation of public and private companies in the real estate and financial services industries.  He has substantial experience in the representation of real estate investment trusts (REITs), both in the transactional and corporate contexts.  In addition to working with senior management of his clients, Howard also works closely with the directors of those companies, so as to facilitate their interaction with senior management and the discharge of their responsibilities. 

Howard's clients also include real estate developers, lenders, contractors, lessors, brokers, syndicators, investors, insurers, technology providers, broker-dealers and investment managers, with particular experience in joint ventures and other co-investment structures.  Howard also has in-depth experience in international real estate transactions, both in the representation of U.S. interests overseas in their development and investment activities, and in the representation of foreign interests investing in U.S. projects, as well as representing business organizations in which the respective principals have included both domestic and foreign interests.

In addition to his law practice, Howard has taught, over a period of 15 years, two courses at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. He works with various organizations on a pro bono basis, including Writers Theatre of Glencoe, Illinois, which he serves as outside corporate and real estate counsel.

Howard is recognized as a leader by a number of organizations and publications in Real estate law.

Representative Experience

Professional & Community Activities

  • Selected, Real Estate Law, The Best Lawyers in America® (2006-2019)
  • Ranked, Illinois Real Estate, Chambers USA (2008-2018)
  • Selected, Illinois Super Lawyers (2005, 2008-2018)
  • Selected, Leading Lawyers Network (2003-2018)
    • Top Ten Real Estate (2015-2016)
  • William M. Trumbull Adjunct Professor of Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
    • Outstanding Adjunct Professor (2004-2005, 2007)
    • Advanced Real Estate Transactions, Spring Semester (1999-Present)
    • Real Estate Transactions, Fall Semester (1999-Present)
  • Member, American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL)
  • Member, American Land Title Association (ALTA)
  • Member, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT)

Articles & Publications

  • Representing Purchasers in Portfolio Transactions
    Fall 1999The ACREL Papers
  • University of Chicago Law Review



University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1973

University of Michigan, B.A., with honors, 1969

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois

Representative Clients

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