The majority of my practice is spent helping people recover from devastating injuries to themselves or their loved ones. We take our responsibility seriously to ensure that individuals and their families have the resources they need to achieve a brighter future and will fight to get those resources whenever necessary. I enjoy exploring the ways new technology can assist in demonstrating the merits of my client's claims and crafting solutions to the unique problems each client faces. I have experience in medical malpractice, motor vehicle collisions, industrial accidents, slip and falls, and other types of personal injury litigation. No matter the circumstances, we are here to help.
In addition to my personal injury practice, I also have experience in general civil litigation, business litigation, and criminal defense. I am admitted in both Massachusetts and Vermont, and practice in both the federal and state courts.
Recent News and Case Results:
Attorney Howard was named a partner in Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP as of January 1, 2019. He joined the firm in September 2011. Attorney Howard has been a leader in the firm's personal injury and civil litigation practice and has assisted in a wide variety of other matters, including employment law and criminal defense. He has presented on the topic of E-Discovery by the National Institute of Business and was a member of the Berkshire Bar Association Executive Committee 2019 - 2020.
Attorney Howard's practice focuses on litigating serious personal injury cases and he has assisted in securing significant settlements and judgments for a number of clients. In 2020, he and Atty. Dodig secured a $750,000 settlement in a medical malpractice case in which a surgery was not performed correctly. In 2019, he and Atty. Dodig secured a $500,000 settlement in a wrongful death medical malpractice case. In 2018, Attorney Howard worked with Atty. 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