After graduating from Boston College Law School, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to return home to the Southern Vermont/Berkshire County to begin my career as an attorney. Returning to the community, which had such a significant role in shaping my life, means a great deal to me. People rarely come to our office under good circumstances. We see individuals who are injured and in need of help. We encounter people and companies struggling to find solutions to a seemingly impossible problems. Working with our clients to craft solutions addressing their specific needs and concerns is a major component of my practice. Each client's case is unique and requires a unique solution. I am admitted in both Massachusetts and Vermont, and practice in both the federal and state courts.
At Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, I work with attorneys in many different areas of the law, which allows me to craft the best outcome for our clients. Our goal is to our clients' current needs are addressed while also preparing them for issues they may face in the future.
Recent News and Case Results:
As of January 1, 2019, Attorney Howard was named a partner in Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP. He joined the firm in September 2011. Attorney Howard has been a leader in the firm's civil litigation practice and has assisted in a wide variety of other matters, including employment law and criminal defense. He was recently invited to present on the topic of E-Discovery by the National Institute of Business.
Attorney Howard's practice focuses on litigation, including serious personal injury cases. He has assisted in securing significant settlements and judgments for a number of clients. Most recently, Attorney Howard worked with Attorney Chris S. Dodig to recover more than $7 million for an individual injured in an industrial explosion. Attorney Howard regularly represents individuals injured in automobile accidents and has recovered settlements in excess of $100,000 numerous times since joining the firm. In addition, he has experience prosecuting and defending employment discrimination claims in front of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and in Massachusetts' courts.
Attorneys Dodig and Howard served as local Massachusetts counsel in a medical malpractice case that settled for $16.05 million. In that case, a baby suffered severe brain damage at birth following a placental abruption. The settlement was one of the largest pre-trial recoveries in a medical malpractice case in Massachusetts. The primary allegations in the case were that there was a delay in triaging the mother and in beginning electronic fetal monitoring. Once electronic fetal monitoring was started, it was clear that the baby was suffering bradycardia. Other allegations included that the baby was not delivered quickly enough once it was clear it was in distress and, further, that resuscitation was not performed properly. The case was complicated and involved 12 medical experts witnesses in numerous fields were retained on behalf of the injured child and family, including: nephrology, neonatology, obstetrics/gynecology, physiatry, hematology, neuroradiology, nursing, vocational rehabilitation, and economics. This recovery will ensure the child receives appropriate medical care and supports throughout its life.
In addition to practicing law, Attorney Howard is active throughout the Berkshire County community. He is a member of both the Berkshire Bar Association and the Bennington Bar Association. He has served as a member of the Human Rights Committee at Berkshire Family and Individual Resources (BFAIR) since 2012. Attorney Howard has also volunteered his time to both the North Adams District Court and the Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division as conflict counsel and with the Berkshire Immigrant Center in a clinic to assist individuals prepare legal documents to ensure for the care of their children.
Areas of Practice
- Massachusetts, 2011
- U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2012
- Vermont, 2012
- U.S. District Court District of Vermont, 2016
- Boston College Law School, Newton, Massachusetts
- J.D. - 2011
- University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
- B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 2008
- Honors: cum laude
Professional Associations And Memberships
- Massachusetts Bar Association, 2011 to Present
- Berkshire Bar Association, 2011 to Present
- Bennington Bar Association , 2012 to Present
Pro Bono Activities
- Member, Human Rights Committee, BFAIR, 2012 to Present
- Sigma Pi Epsilon