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Gary L. Howard

Gary L. Howard

Partner

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP
Alabama, U.S.A.

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Gary Howard has spent his 25-year legal career representing corporations in class actions; complex litigation; fraud and bad-faith actions; contract, business and lost-profits disputes; mass torts actions; and life, health, disability and long-term care insurance cases. He prides himself on getting to know each client’s business and on being able to build relationships of trust and mutual respect at all levels within his clients’ organizations.

Gary is a member of Bradley’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group and serves as the Insurance team leader. Gary is admitted to practice in the state courts of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Montana, West Virginia, Kentucky and the District of Columbia. He is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court and the Fifth, Seventh and Eleventh Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals. In addition, Gary has defended companies in a wide variety of matters – both simple and complex – in state and federal courts across the country.

Gary is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), an invitation-only association for lawyers and insurance executives who represent corporate and insurance interests around the world. He is active in and has served as a leader in a variety of industry-focused and legal organizations, including the Defense Research Institute (DRI); American Bar Association (ABA); Association of Life Insurance Counsel (ALIC); Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA) and American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI). He has served or is serving as an ABA House of Delegates member; ABA Life Insurance Law Committee Chair; ALIC ABA delegate; DRI Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee member; DRI Diversity Expo Chair; and DRI Alabama State Membership Chair. Gary is a frequent speaker and author for a variety of organizations, including DRI, ABA, ACLI, and the Institute for Complex Litigation.

Gary is passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion. He serves on Bradley’s Diversity Task Force and as a member of the DRI Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee. He also served as the 2018 DRI Diversity Expo Chair.

Gary has been chosen by his peers as one of the Birmingham Bar's best lawyers in the insurance field, and he is Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1993
  • District of Columbia, 2004
  • Florida, 1999
  • Georgia, 2001
  • Kentucky, 2006
  • Mississippi, 2004
  • Montana, 2006
  • Oklahoma, 2009
  • Tennessee, 2004
  • Texas, 2004
  • West Virginia, 2008

Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court, District of Montana
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama

Education

  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1993, summa cum laude
  • University of Alabama, B.A., 1989
Areas of Practice
Blogs

BuildSmart
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Significant issues can arise during the three phases of the design and construction process. Effective planning, performance and completion are critical to the success of any construction project. So is informed counsel that addresses a variety of business issues, including mergers and...

Declassified
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

The Declassified blog offers commentary and insights on the latest class action suits, significant class action opinions, relevant changes to laws and rules, and important class action trends. Declassified covers topics ranging from significant Supreme Court and appellate court decisions regarding...

Family Business Advocates
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Bradley’s Family Business Advocates Blog is a resource for family business owners and advisors. All business owners must plan ahead, think strategically and manage risk in order for their businesses to thrive. Family business owners must also manage family dynamics in the business, build...

It Pays to Be Covered™
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Bradley’s It Pays to Be Covered™ Blog discusses insurance law developments and industry trends in property and casualty insurance, including the growing cyber insurance market, coverage for drones, and blockchain exposures. We also address practical risk management strategies of interest to risk...

Patent 213
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Patent law, like most things in life, is subject to change. Changes to patent laws not only impact investment in your existing IP, but directly shape strategies to protect your freedom to operate. The Patent 213 blog provides up-to-date, insightful analysis of the evolution in the written...

Tennessee Appellate Review
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

A successful appeal depends on counsel’s substantive understanding of appellate rules, procedures, and strategies. The Tennessee Appellate Review blog is a resource for commentary and insights on the latest state and federal appellate news. Join the conversation as we analyze decisions from the...

The Law of Order
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Bradley’s The Law of Order blog serves as a general parliamentary procedure resource, providing information about creation and revision of governing documents (constitutions, bylaws, or rules), application of Robert’s Rules of Order and other procedural authorities in a variety of contexts (such as...

Underwritten
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Underwritten covers topics related to life, health, disability and long-term care insurance. Our team of experienced attorneys and authors offers insight on the issues insurers face as they seek to serve their policyholders and to mitigate risk. The blog covers significant court decisions,...

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