Christopher H. Howard


Christopher 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 over 90 cases, mostly in multi-week jury trials, and has served as appellate counsel for over forty 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 and co-leads Schwabe's Ethics Hour Series.

Chris is skilled at marshaling the right resources to efficiently serve each client’s needs.  Chris serves as Shareholder in Charge of the Seattle office and as Assistant General Counsel to the firm.

Memberships & Awards


  • Supreme Court Bar Admission, Task Force Member
  • 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, Civil Litigation; Defense (2001, 2006-2022)
  • Washington Super Lawyers award, Top 100 (2010-2012)
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Rating

Resources & Ideas

Seminars & Speaking Engagements


  • VIDEO | COVID-19: Impacts to the Food and Beverage Industry
    VIDEO | COVID-19: Impacts to the Food and Beverage Industry
    March 12, 2020

Community Activities

Community Activities

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




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