Howard Hawkins represents financial institutions in securities, financial, and bankruptcy litigations arising out of proprietary trading, lending, broker-dealer and advisory services. An experienced trial lawyer, Howard has acted as lead trial counsel in major cases in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels throughout the U.S. His experience includes the defense of financial institutions under repurchase agreements, and as underwriters, buyers and sellers of mortgage loans and securities. Howard has led litigation due diligence on transfer of servicing and acquisition of major mortgage bankers. Currently, he is engaged in a variety of residential, commercial, and derivative asset-backed cases, including those in which he has supervised auctions of billions of dollars in mortgage loans and securities.
Howard also represents financial institutions and their officers in SEC and CFTC investigations and in connection with criminal cases brought by the U.S. Department of Justice. He has acted for major trading companies, exchanges, and clearing organizations in regulatory investigations and proceedings, and in federal trial and appellate court cases involving futures, options, and derivatives.
Howard has significant experience in cases involving all manner of financial fraud, including diversion of assets and false reporting. He brings a broad scope of experience to major cases, including accounting frauds, which often result in cases against or in defense of company officers, directors, and auditors.
Howard has advised clients and instructed litigation and investigations in England, France, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South America and handled cases in the U.S. for or against clients from those nations.
A member of the bar in New York and Maryland, Howard is admitted to practice in federal trial and appellate courts throughout the U.S., and is a member of the Federal Bar Council. He is an International Member of the U.K. Law Society licensed to act as a solicitor in England, and he has instructed major litigation in the London Commercial Court. He graduated, cum laude, from Harvard College and the Fordham Law School, and he served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Lawrence W. Pierce, then U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York.