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Christopher Howard

Christopher H. Howard


206-407-1524 Direct

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Professional Experience
Christopher Howard focuses his practice on commercial litigation and the defense of professionals in the medical, legal, financial, hospitality and real estate industries. His representative work includes: defense of hospitals, physicians, dentists, psychologists, and nursing homes in medical malpractice claims and in licensure matters; defense of attorneys in legal malpractice claims; defense of hotels and restaurants in premises liability, product liability and alcohol service litigation; general defense of self-insured clients; litigation relating to internet commerce and general commercial litigation. Mr. Howard handles insurance coverage matters in the life and disability coverage areas, and advises on risk management for self-insured companies. He has extensive trial and appellate experience in state, federal and administrative law courts. He currently serves as the practice group leader for the firm's general litigation group.

A frequent speaker to professionals and employers on liability, ethics, and risk management issues, Mr. Howard has been recognized by Washington Super Lawyers (2007-2012, 2001), an annual listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement and; he was named to the Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers list (2010-2012). He also carries an "AV" rating with Martindale Hubbell. Prior to joining Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in 2006, he served as a partner and Pacific Northwest Litigation Practice Group Leader in the Seattle office of Holland + Knight.

Professional & Community Activities
Mr. Howard is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, and has served on its Rules of Professional Conduct Committee (1996-1999), and the Interprofessional Committee (1990-1993), on the King County Bar Professionalism Committee (2007-2008), and is an active member in the Defense Research Institute, Washington State Defense Trial Lawyers Association, and the Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys.

Mr. Howard provides pro bono services through Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice.  He is actively involved with Washington Lawyers for Sustainability and is a member of the Seattle Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association, in which he served as chapter president for many years. Mr. Howard is now co-chair for the Seattle Regional Chapter of Stanford Law School Alumni Association.

Published Opinions
Unruh v. Cacchioti, 172 Wn.2d 98, 257 P.3d 631 (2011)

Woodall v. Avalon Care Ctr. - Fed. Way, 2010 Wash. App. LEXIS 989 (Wash. Ct. App. May 10, 2010)
Freestone Capital Partners, LP v. MKA Real Estate Opportunity Fund I, LLC, 155 Wn. App 643, 230 P. 3d 625 (2010)
Amy v. KMart, 153 Wn. App. 846, 223 P.3d 1247, 2009 Wash. App. LEXIS 3162 (2009).
Powell v. ACA, 145 Wn. App. 1006, 191 P3d 396 (2008)
Kwiatkowski v. Drews, et al., 142 Wn. App. (2008)
Gilbert v. Singer, 507 F.3d 952 (6th Cir. 2007)
Golden Pisces Inc. v. Fred Wahl Construction, 495 F.3d 1078 (9th Cir. 2007)
Powell v. ACA, 131 Wn. App. 810, 129 P.3d 831 (2006)
Yi v. Bureau of Prisons, 412 F.3d 526 (4th Cir. 2005)
Dalton v. Ambroson, 130 Wn. App. 653, 124 P.3d 305 (2005)
Powell v. ACA, 125 Wn. App. 773, 106 P.3d 271 (2005), reviewed and remanded, 155 Wn.2d 1024, 123 P.3d 120 (2005)
Ang v. Martin, 154 Wn. 2d 477, 114 P.3d 637 (2005)
Ang v. Martin, 118 Wn. App. 553, 76 P.3d 787 (2003)
Truck v. BRE et al., 119 Wn. App. 582 P.3d 929 (2003)
Adcox v. Children's Hospital, 123 Wn.2d 15, 864 P.2d 921 (1993)
Hein v. Taco Bell Corp., 60 Wn. App. 325, 803 P.2d 329 (1991)
Young v. Key Pharmaceuticals, 112 Wn.2d 216, 770 P.2d 182 (1989)
Torres v. Salty Sea Days, 36 Wn. App. 668, 676 P.2d 512 (1984)

Admitted to Practice
Washington State Courts
United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
United States District Court, Western District of Washington
United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Federal Claims

"Learning to Make the Educated Choice," Health Care Law Settlements and Negotiations, Aspatore Books, 2006

Recent Lectures
• Co-Presenter, "Ethics Hour: Legal Ethics in the Face of Rapidly Evolving Technology" Continuing Legal Education program, August 26, 2011
• Co-Presenter, "Ethics Hour Quiz: Everyday Ethics" Continuing Legal Education program, April 15, 2011
• Co-Presenter, "Ethics Hour: What Can (and Must) I Say in Negotiation?" Continuing Legal Education program, March 18, 2011
• Presenter, "Ethics: A Debate about Being Forthright in Negotiations," Washington Lawyers for Sustainability, February 2011
• Co-Presenter, "Ethics Hour: Reducing Risk on Client Intake" Continuing Legal Education program, August 20, 2010
• Co-Presenter, "Ethics Hour: How and When Should I Obtain Informed Consent?" Continuing Legal Education program, April 16, 2010
Co-Presenter, "Top 10 Reasons Lawyers Get In Trouble," Bridging The Gap Continuing Legal Education, Washington State Bar Association, March 26, 2010
• Presenter, "Changing Technology and Attorney Client Privilege," National Business Institute, Seattle, WA, December 16, 2009
• Presenter, "The Top 10 Ways To Get Sued," Current Concepts in Emergency Medicine, Maui, HI, December 11, 2009
• Presenter, "A Lawyer's Duty of Loyalty vs. Candor to the Court," SCRAP CLE, Seattle, WA, November 18, 2009
• Presenter, "Loss Prevention for Immigration Attorneys," American Immigration Lawyers Association, Oregon Chapter, September 15, 2009
• Co-Presenter, "Ethics Hour: Ethics and Pro Bono," Continuing Legal Education program, June 5, 2009
• Presenter, "Common Ethical and Conflict Issues in Representing Health Care Providers," Washington State Bar Association's Health Care Section, June 3, 2009
• Co-Presenter, "Top Ten Reasons Lawyers Get Sued," King County Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, May 28, 2009
• Presenter, "Liability and Loss Prevention," National Association of Emergency Medical Services, January 24, 2009
• Co-Presenter, "Does Risk Management Improve Quality, or it's just an excuse to order more tests?" Institute for Emergency Medical Education, Maui, December 12, 2008
• Panelist, "Risk Management for Public Defenders,"  "Risk Management for Public Interest and Legal Aid Lawyers," NLADA conference, Washington D.C., November 21, 2008
• Co-Presenter, "Ethics Hour: Representing an Organization," Continuing Legal Education program, November 14, 2008
• Presenter, "Informed Consent for Public Defender," Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons, November 12, 2008
• Presenter, "Ethics Hour: Common Pitfalls in Everyday Practice," Continuing Legal Education program, June 13, 2008
• Presenter, "HIPAA," Continuing Legal Education program, February 25, 2008
• Presenter, "Mental Health Patient Records," Continuing Legal Education program, February 25, 2008
• Presenter, "AIDS/HIV Patient Records," Continuing Legal Education program, February 25, 2008
• Presenter, "Retention and Risk Management Issues," Continuing Legal Education program, February 25, 2008
• Presenter, "Substance Abuse Patient Records," Continuing Legal Education program, February 25, 2008
• Presenter, "Maintain an Ethical Practice from Start to Finish," Continuing Legal Education program, January 25, 2008
• Presenter, "Understand the Local Rules of Federal Court," Continuing Legal Education program, January 25, 2008
• Presenter, "Top Ten Reasons Lawyers Get Sued," Ethics Hour CLE Series, January 18, 2008

Stanford Law School, Juris Doctor degree (1980)
Johns Hopkins University, Bachelor of Arts degree, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha honorary societies, with honors and departmental honors (1977)

Conflict Resolution in Social Purpose Corporations, December 10, 2012
Running the Social Media Maze, May 1, 2012
Telling Time: Drafting Effective Billing Entries , August 1, 2011
Reporting to Clients, De Novo June 2010, June 2, 2010
New Nonprofit Helps Lawyers Serve Sustainability, April 23, 2010
Managing risk when accepting new clients, December 18, 2009
Legal Ethics and Social Media: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same, October 8, 2009
Taking the 'Risky' out of Your Business, October 1, 2009
Humor in the Court is Serious Business , January 5, 2009
Ensure a jolly holiday gathering, December 5, 2008
Discover Clients' Rights Before It's Too Late, March 3, 2008
Who's liable for injuries caused by inebriation?, January 22, 2008
Risk Management for Holiday Parties in Washington, November 21, 2007
Ignorance: The Wellspring of Witness Fear, October 1, 2007
Sustainability: Clients Care That We Care, April 2, 2007
Pro Bono Immigration Service: Saving the World One Person at a Time, February 2, 2007
The Double-Edged Sword of Judicial Estoppel, January 22, 2007
Gone But Not Forgotten: E-Mail, Temporary Internet Files and Confidential Information, January 22, 2007

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