John Howley

The Howley Law Firm P.C.

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John Howley is an experienced trial lawyer with a track record of excellent results in difficult cases.  He defends and protects the rights of clients facing business and commercial disputes, government investigations, and criminal charges.

Among his noteworthy cases, John has:

-argued in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Governments of India and Mongolia;

-represented plaintiffs as co-lead trial counsel in a race discrimination class action that resulted in a record-setting $80 million settlement;

-defended major pharmaceutical companies in patent and product liability lawsuits involving pharmaceuticals with more than $1 billion in annual sales;

-convinced Courts and Governors in Alabama, Ohio, and Virginia to vacate or commute death sentences for convicted murderers;

-represented NYC police officers as co-counsel in a labor arbitration that awarded police officers higher compensation than firefighters for the first time in more than 100 years;

-represented an aircraft manufacturer in government investigations into the crash of a wide-body aircraft, which resulted in no design or manufacturing defect findings;

-won an injunction and damages against the City of New York for violating the First Amendment rights of a political demonstrator.


John has received The Gideon Award from the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Thurgood Marshall Award from the New York City Bar Association, and the Medal for Excellence in Advocacy from the American College of Trial Lawyers.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Skidmore College and his law degree, magna cum laude, from New York Law School where he was Articles Editor of the Law Review.  After graduation, he clerked for Judge Roger J. Miner on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He then joined the international law firm of Kaye Scholer LLP, where he became a partner in the firm's highly respected litigation department and Chairman of the firm's business development department.

John is a frequent speaker on legal and business issues at universities and conferences around the world.  He has been invited to speak at the Harvard Business School, the Fordham University School of Business, the Asian Institute of Management, the Asia Society, and Elliott Masie's LEARNING Conferences, among many others.  He has also appeared on CNN and in other news media as a commentator on legal issues.

Throughout his career, John has taken on leadership roles in education and public service.  He has served as a Trustee of The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, as Vice Chair of the Skidmore College Board of Trustees, as Chair of its Presidential Search Committee, Chair of its Infrastructure Committee, and Co-Chair of its Long-Range Planning Committee.  He has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, as a Trustee of New York Law School, and as Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Financial Policy Committee at the Northfield Mount Hermon School.

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