Christopher Howard

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Washington, USA
    Local Time: Monday 04:46

Practice Expertise

  • Appellate
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Liability

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Liability

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WSG Leadership

  • WSG Coronavirus Task Force Group - Member


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.

Bar Admissions

  • 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


  • 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 (1977)

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Liability


Additional Articles
  • WA Supreme Court Extends Corporate Attorney-Client Privileges
  • Schwabe Dining Out
  • Helping Witnesses Help You Win
  • King County Judge Awards $4.3 Million award for Misleading Advertisements
  • In the Field: Key Takeaways from the Bend Agricultural Event
  • Conflict Resolution in Social Purpose Corporations
  • Running the Social Media Maze


  • Ethics Hour: Ethical Communications
  • Case Law and Opinion Updates on Legal Ethics and Malpractice
  • Endangered Species Act Conference
  • Ethics Hour: Identifying and Resolving Conflicts of Interest
  • Complex, Cutting Edge Ethics Issues (and How to Deal with Them)
  • Traps for the Unwary: Maintaining Confidentiality
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers: Annual Ethics Seminar
  • 37th Annual Current Concepts in Emergency Care
  • King County Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference

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