Tim Howard (attorney)

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Philip Timothy Howard
Born (1961-03-07) March 7, 1961 (age 56)
Tallahassee, Florida
Residence Tallahassee, Florida; Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Alma mater Florida State University
Northeastern University
Occupation Professor, Attorney
Spouse(s) Jennifer C. Howard
Children Gray Howard
Gage Howard
Gunnar Howard
Parent(s) Phil Howard
Joyce Howard

Philip Timothy Howard is the former director of the College of Professional Studies' Doctorate Program in Law & Policy at Northeastern University.[1] He is a former Assistant Attorney General of Florida and nominee for United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Howard also has a private law practice, Howard & Associates, P.A.


In 2005, he received his Ph.D., from Northeastern University in Law, Policy & Society, after defending his thesis "We've Been Framed!: Progressive Cause Lawyer Leadership in Florida Tobacco Liability Litigation". He received his Juris Doctor from Florida State University in 1986, and was admitted to the bar in 1987.[2] He received his Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, in Government, with minors in History, Law & Society, and Spanish, from Florida State University in 1983. He is a former Health Law Scholar and Instructor in Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, Judicial Process, and Media & Politics at Boston University.



Howard was part of the national counsel in five states and the District of Columbia, attempting to remove ingredients that could possibly form benzene under heat exposure from soft drinks.[citation needed] Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo, and Sunny Delight Beverages Co., among others, agreed to remove the benzene-causing ingredients and provide refunds and replacements to consumers.

Soft drinks in schools[edit]

He was also counsel for Tufts University's and Northeastern University's Public Health Advocacy Institute's efforts to remove soft drinks from schools nationally, and serves on its Board of Directors.[citation needed]

Florida tobacco litigation[edit]

Howard was one of the five original creators of Florida's Medicaid Third Party Liability Law, that created the foundation for the largest civil case settlement in the nation's history.[3]

Howard represented Alan Landers, the former "Winston Man," until his death in February 2009.[citation needed] Howard also represents, along with the Wilner Block firm, approximately 4,000 Engle progeny tobacco clients, and 6,400 Engle Trust clients.[citation needed]

In 2010, Howard was also involved in the national litigation against Toyota and BP.

Academic Articles[edit]

Howard has published several articles on cause lawyers, culture, and social movements, and has made annual presentations before the Law & Society Association. His most recent article, "Cause Lawyers at the Constructive Edge: 'A Band of Brothers Defeats Big Tobacco'" was included in The Cultural Lives of Cause Lawyers, a book published by Cambridge University Press in early 2008.


  1. ^ "Faculty". Northeastern University: College of Professional Studies. 2010. Retrieved June 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Phillip Timothy Howard". The Florida Bar. May 12, 2010. Retrieved June 12, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Florida Supreme Court Transcripts Docket#86213". June 27, 1996. Retrieved July 4, 2010.