Philip Howard

Philip K. Howard

Senior Counsel
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Covington & Burling LLP
The New York Times Building
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018-1405
Tel: +1 212 841 1068



  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1974
    • Order of the Coif
    • Law Review
  • Yale University, B.A., 1970

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Philip Howard is a senior corporate adviser, representing corporations and executives in a wide range of issues, including governance, regulatory disputes, securities litigation, and business transactions.  For many clients, Mr. Howard acts as coordinator of lawyers in different practice areas, particularly in corporate and litigation matters that have a significant regulatory or public relations component.  Mr. Howard is also one of America’s leading proponents of legal reform, and works closely with public officials, corporate executives, academics, and judges across the country.

Representative Matters

  • KKR in a wide range of issues and disputes.
  • UBS’s merger and acquisition department.
  • Representing ex-Salomon CEO John Gutfreund in SEC investigation.
  • Hostile takeover battles, including The Bank of New York takeover of Irving Trust.

Honors and Rankings

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2014)
  • New York Super Lawyers (2013)
  • Presidential Citation from American Medical Association (2005)

Memberships and Affiliations

  •  Common Good, Chair
  •  Adviser to the SEC Chairman on Regulatory Simplification (1996-1997)
  •  Adviser to Al Gore’s Reinventing Government Initiative (1995-97)

Publications and Speeches

  • Numerous essays in legal and trade journals
  • Periodic contributor to OpEd pages of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal
  • "Life Without Lawyers: Liberating Americans from Too Much Law," W.W. Norton & Co. (2009), Author
  • "The Collapse of the Common Good," Ballantine (2002), Author
  • "The Death of Common Sense," Random House (1995), Author
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