Howard Hawkins represents financial institutions in securities, financial, and bankruptcy litigations arising out of structured products, proprietary trading, lending, underwriting, broker-dealer and advisory services. Recognized by Chambers USA as a leading litigator for financial institutions, Howard has handled major cases in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels throughout the United States. He has extensive experience in complex cases in the Southern District of New York, acting as lead trial counsel in numerous bench and jury trials, and as lead appellate counsel in 11 cases in the federal circuits, including seven in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as well as appeals in the Third, Fourth, Eighth and District of Columbia Circuits.
His recent experience includes the representation of financial institutions in litigation concerning all manner of financial products and derivatives, including financial guaranty insurance. He represents several of the largest banks and insurers in the United States in litigation in New York federal and state courts, and acts as lead litigation counsel for key creditors in major bankruptcy proceedings, including the Lehman Brothers and City of Detroit cases, the TXU and Peabody Energy cases, and the ongoing restructuring of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and its public corporations
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. He 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.