Barry L. Howard

Barry L. Howard“I see myself as someone who makes a difference. I bring clarity and results to clients.”

One of Michigan’s top attorneys and noted jurist, Barry L. Howard, has joined the firm of Lipson Neilson. “We are honored to have former Chief Judge Howard as part of our team at Lipson Neilson. There is no doubt that we will all, attorneys and clients alike, benefit immeasurably from his experience and expertise,” states firm partner Joseph Garin. Judge Howard plans to concentrate his practice of law on alternative dispute resolution, litigation, administrative law, land use and government relations.

During the course of his remarkable career, Judge Howard has been the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including his appointment as Chief Judge for Oakland County Circuit Court (1999), being named as “one of the top five most respected judges” in Michigan by WDIV TV 4 (1995) and being honored by Western Michigan University with the creation of the Barry L. Howard Medallion Scholarship (1996). In 1996, he was awarded the Police Officers Association of Michigan Distinguished Service Award and the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award. He has served as a member of the Executive Board of the Michigan Judges Association (since 1989) and was named Board President in 2000 after serving as President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and as chairperson of the Legislative Committee.

Judge Howard received his J.D. from the University of Detroit School of Law, after receiving a B.A. in history from the the University of Michigan, graduating with distinction. He is a member of the American, Michigan and Oakland County Bar Associations, as well as the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. He is also a former member of the Representative Assembly of the State Bar. He served on the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees, where he chaired the finance committee.

Practice Areas

  • Business Succession, Planning and Tax Law
  • Corporate Finance and Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate, LLC and Parnership Law
  • Probate and Estate Planning