Photograph of Alan Howard
Recipient of the
2014 ABA Pro Bono
Publico Award
and 2015 Public
Justice Trial Lawyer
of the Year
Alan Howard, Partner New York
Phone: +1 212.803.4021
590 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-2544

Alan Howard is a partner in Crowell & Moring's New York office. Alan is an accomplished trial attorney who has over two decades of experience handling litigation and arbitration matters domestically and internationally. In addition, Alan has extensive experience with shareholder class actions and securities litigation. He has tried cases to juries and judges in federal and state courts throughout the U.S. and to arbitrators in proceedings under the rules of the American Arbitration Association, JAMS, and the International Chamber of Commerce.

Alan focuses on commercial contract disputes, often involving manufacturing, production and/or distribution of goods, technology or software, or joint ventures domestic and global. Alan also represents parties engaged in multiple proceedings in multiple jurisdictions and has particular experience representing foreign companies, and senior officers of foreign and domestic companies engaged in high stakes disputes. He has extensive experience representing financial institutions, and in particular, in the area of Anti-Money Laundering regulations and compliance. Alan also has tried a number of intellectual property matters, including patent cases, cases involving theft of trade secrets and disputes involving software providers.

Representative matters Alan has handled include:

  • Obtaining an arbitration award for a railroad against an owner of coal-fired power generation plants for breach and repudiation of a 15-year coal transportation agreement.
  • Successfully defending an international financial institution against fraud claims in New York.
  • Successfully defending companies and individual directors in shareholder class actions in state and federal courts, including most recently Delaware, California, New York, and Georgia.
  • Successfully representing an automotive parts manufacturer in an ICC arbitration arising out of the sale of a division, and specifically involving claims related to manufacturing processes.
  • Mediating on behalf of a worldwide leader in the development and supply of agricultural products a dispute involving a biotech licensing agreement.
  • Obtaining an award for a major telecommunications company in an arbitration to enforce an indemnification agreement.
  • Representing an international infrastructure company in litigation relating to road and water projects in Africa.
  • Successfully defending a retailer against theft of trade secret claims in a federal bench trial.
  • Representing a global financial institution in mass tort litigation in the U.S.
  • Obtaining an arbitration award in favor of international manufacturers of high-speed trains arising out of a development contract for a multi-billion dollar project in Asia.
  • Litigating and mediating on behalf of a manufacturer of high speed trains disputes with Amtrak relating to the construction of the Acela.
  • Successfully representing an insurance company in an arbitration arising out of the termination of software contracts.
  • Successfully resolving a litigation in the U.S. on behalf of a German medical device manufacturer involving breach of contract and patent claims.
  • Obtaining a verdict in a federal bench trial in favor of a major telecommunications company in a false advertising lawsuit.
  • Successfully defending a sporting goods manufacturer against patent licensing claims in a federal jury trial.
  • Successfully representing a major publisher of telephone directories in a consumer class action, which was dismissed on a defense motion.
  • Obtaining defense verdicts in favor of a major tobacco manufacturer in smoking and health litigation.

Alan also does extensive pro bono work. He represented one of the defendants in the nationally prominent "Jena 6" proceedings in Louisiana, a case of national prominence for its civil rights implications. In a story featured in The American Lawyer in July 2009, as well as on CBS Evening News and CNN, Mr. Howard not only represented the youngest of the Jena 6 defendants, but became his guardian making him part of his family.

Alan was lead counsel for the named plaintiffs in David v. Signal International, LLC, an action brought on behalf of hundreds of skilled workers from India who were lured by false promises of green cards and forced to live in labor camps and work in marine fabrication facilities in Mississippi and Texas in 2006-2007. The action involved claims of forced labor, trafficking in forced labor, civil RICO, discrimination, and fraud. Alan led a team that handled the first trial, on behalf of five workers, that took place in January and February 2015 before a federal jury in New Orleans, Louisiana. That trial resulted in a verdict for plaintiffs on all claims against all defendants and an award of compensatory and punitive damages totaling over $14 million. This was one of the largest cases of its kind ever brought and one of the largest verdicts ever obtained in this type of case.

The success of Alan and his team on the Signal matter earned them Public Justice's 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. This award recognizes attorneys "who made the greatest contribution to the public interest within the past year by trying or settling a precedent-setting, socially significant case." Alan and his team were also recognized by the American Lawyer with awards for 2015 Global Pro Bono Dispute of the Year and 2015 Global Citizenship (Grand Prize Winner), and by the Financial Times as 2015 Innovative Lawyer of the Year in the Social Responsibility–Pro Bono Cases category. The Signal verdict also caught the attention of the U.S. Department of State, which, in its 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report, referenced Signal's $14 million judgment as "the largest ever awarded by a jury in a labor trafficking case in the United States."

In 2014, Alan was selected by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service as a recipient of one of the ABA Pro Bono Publico Award.

Alan is the former chair of the Board of Directors of the Southern Poverty Law Center.


Admitted to practice: New York, Massachusetts (inactive).

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U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

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May.05.2017 Crowell & Moring Featured in Global Arbitration Review’s 10th Annual "GAR 100" List
Dec.09.2016 National Law Journal Names Crowell & Moring Partner Alan Howard to 2016 “Winning” Litigators List
Mar.22.2016 Crowell & Moring Featured in Global Arbitration Review’s 9th Edition “GAR 100” List
Dec.08.2015 Crowell & Moring Recognized by the Financial Times as One of 2015’s Most Innovative Law Firms in North America
Jul.27.2015 Crowell & Moring Receives Two American Lawyer 'Global Legal Awards' for Global Dispute of the Year in U.S. Litigation and Pro Bono
Jul.15.2015 Crowell & Moring's David v. Signal Team Named "Trial Team of the Year" by Public Justice
Aug.11.2014 Crowell & Moring's Alan Howard Recognized with ABA's 2014 "Pro Bono Publico" Award
May.14.2012 Complex Commercial Litigation Duo Joins Crowell & Moring, Boosts New York Trial Team