Howard R. Hawkins Jr.
Howard Hawkins represents financial institutions in securities, financial, and bankruptcy litigations arising out of proprietary trading, lending, underwriting, broker-dealer and advisory services. An experienced trial lawyer, Howard has acted as a lead trial counsel in major cases in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels throughout the U.S. He has extensive experience winning dispositive motions on legal grounds in complex cases in the New York federal and state courts, and has argued motions or at trial before fifteen of the sitting federal judges in the Southern District of New York. In addition to acting as lead trial counsel in several civil jury trials in the Southern District, he has acted as lead appellate counsel in ten cases in the federal circuits, including six in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and appeals in the Third, Fourth, Eighth, and District of Columbia Circuits.
His experience includes the defense of financial institutions in connection with all manner of structured finance products and derivatives, and as underwriters, buyers and sellers of commercial and residential mortgage loans and securities. During 2011 and 2012 alone, he has represented six of the ten largest banks in the United States in litigation in New York federal or state courts or in international arbitration.
Howard also represents financial institutions and their officers in SEC and CFTC investigations and in connection with criminal cases brought by the U.S. Department of Justice. He has acted for major trading companies, exchanges, and clearing organizations in regulatory investigations and proceedings, and in federal trial and appellate court cases involving futures, options, and derivatives.
Howard has significant experience in cases involving all manner of financial fraud, including diversion of assets and false reporting. He brings a broad scope of experience to major cases, including accounting frauds, which often result in cases against or in defense of company officers, directors, and auditors.
Howard has advised clients and instructed litigation and investigations in England, France, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South America and handled cases in the U.S. for or against clients from those nations.
A member of the bar in New York and Maryland, Howard is admitted to practice in federal trial and appellate courts throughout the U.S., and is a member of the Federal Bar Council. He is an International Member of the U.K. Law Society licensed to act as a solicitor in England, and he has instructed major litigation in the London Commercial Court. He graduated, cum laude, from Harvard College and the Fordham Law School, and he served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Lawrence W. Pierce, then U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York.