Christopher H. Howard


Chris Howard is a strategically minded litigator who can and will take the appropriate case to trial. Chris’s practice is diverse, with a wide range of clients including ports, hospitals, national restaurant chains, life and disability insurers, and medical, legal, accounting and other professionals.

Chris practices before federal and state courts and handles all forms of alternative ‎dispute resolution. He has tried approximately 90 cases, mostly in multi-week jury trials, and has served as appellate counsel for over twenty reported appellate opinions. ‎

In addition to serving his clients in court, Chris is a frequent speaker on ethics and risk management topics for professionals and self-insured entities.

Memberships & Awards


  • Washington State Bar Association, Member
  • Washington State Bar Association, Rules of Professional Conduct Committee (1996-1999), Interprofessional Committee (1990-1993)
  • King County Bar Association, Professionalism Committee Member (2007-2008)
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Washington State Defense Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys, Member


  • John L. Schwabe Client Service award (2013)
  • Washington Super Lawyers award (2001, 2006-2016)
  • Washington Super Lawyers award, Top 100 (2010-2012)
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Rating

Resources & Ideas



Community Activities

Community Activities

  • Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Corporate Giving Committee
  • Seattle Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association, Member, Former Chapter President
  • Stanford Law School Alumni Association, Seattle Regional Chapter, Co-chair
  • Washington Lawyers for Sustainability




Washington State Courts

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington

United States District Court, Western District of Washington

United States Court of Federal Claims

Outside The Office