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Philip Howard
Philip K. Howard
Senior Counsel
New York +1 212 841 1068 phoward@cov.com Download V-card

Philip Howard is one of America’s leading authorities on government simplification, streamlining regulations, and legal reform, and works closely with public officials, corporate executives, academics, and judges across the country. He has advised numerous national and statewide elected officials of both parties, and is a member of President Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, along with some of America’s leading CEO’s.

With his unique vantage point, Mr. Howard’s practice focuses on advising companies and business leaders on a wide range of issues, including governance, regulatory solutions, litigation and business transactions. For many clients, he acts as coordinator of lawyers in different practice areas, particularly in matters that have a significant regulatory or public relations component.

  • 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.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Law Institute
  • Chair, Common Good
  • Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University Center on Capitalism and Society
  • Member, President's Strategic and Policy Forum
  • Adviser to Vice President Gore’s Reinventing Government Initiative (1995-1997)
  • Adviser to the SEC Chairman on Regulatory Simplification (1996-1997)
  • Informal adviser to numerous governors and other elected leaders, including Jeb Bush, Lawton Chiles, Mitch Daniels, Zell Miller, and Bruce Rauner.    
  • Finalist, Friedrich Hayek Prize (2015 and 2016)
  • Presidential Citation from American Medical Association (2005)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2010-2017)