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
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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

Representative Matters

  • Disputes among shareholders and business partners.
  • KKR in a wide range of issues and disputes.
  • SEC investigations, including of ex-Salomon CEO John Gutfreund.
  • Takeover battles and post-acquisition disputes, including The Bank of New York takeover of Irving Trust.

Honors and Rankings

  • Finalist, Friedrich Hayek Prize (2015)
  • Presidential Citation from American Medical Association (2005)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2010-2016)
  • New York Super Lawyers (2011-2015)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Law Institute
  • Common Good, Chair
  • Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University Center on Capitalism and Society
  • Adviser to the SEC Chairman on Regulatory Simplification (1996-1997)
  • Adviser to Al Gore’s Reinventing Government Initiative (1995-1997)
  • Informal adviser to numerous governors and other elected leaders, including Jeb Bush, Lawton Chiles, Zell Miller and Mitch Daniels.

Publications and Speeches

  • Numerous essays in legal and trade journals.
  • Periodic contributor to OpEd pages of The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal .
  • "Red Tape," Introduction to book by Herbert Kaufman (Brookings) (2015)
  • "The Rule of Nobody," W.W. Norton (2014), Author
  • "Life Without Lawyers," W.W. Norton & Co. (2009), Author
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