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Benjamin Howard was born in Brainerd, Minnesota. He attended the United States Military Academy, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Mr. Howard received his Masters in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Howard attended University of Iowa College of Law, where he was President of the Hammond Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, an honorary legal fraternity.
Mr. Howard worked as a law clerk at Neil Dymott before he joined as an associate in 2005. In 2007, he was awarded the "Distinguished Young Attorney Award" by the San Diego Defense Lawyers Association for his professionalism and dedication to excellence. Mr. Howard was also recognized by the San Diego Daily Transcript as one San Diego's “Young Attorneys” in 2007 and 2010. In 2009, he was elected to serve on the San Diego Defense Lawyer's Board of Directors and in 2011, he was voted President-Elect for 2012. Mr. Howard’s practice areas include general and professional liability matters, personal injury and the defense of medical malpractice claims.
In addition to his legal career, Mr. Howard served in the United States Army for five years as an Infantry officer. Following graduation from the United States Military Academy, Mr. Howard served as Company Executive Officer at the Presidio in Monterey, California. From 1998 to 2001, he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and the Battalion Adjutant in Hohenfels, Germany. He was also selected to brief and escort visiting U.S. and foreign dignitaries. Mr. Howard is also a recipient of the Airborne and Air Assault Badges, as well as the coveted Ranger Tab.
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Ben is an excellent and exceptionally hard working attorney and is well respected in both the defense and plaintiff's bar. Ben provides his clients with a thorough and thoughtful defense and has a passion for his work that is increasingly rare these days.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|2010 Young Attorney Finalist||San Diego Daily Transcript||2010|
|2007 Outstanding New Lawyer||San Diego Defense Lawyers||2007|
|2007 Young Attorney Nominee||San Diego Daily Transcript||2007|
|Captain||U.S. Army||1996 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|San Diego Defense Lawyers Association||Member, President||2013 - 2014|
|San Diego Association for Healthcare Risk Management||Member||2005 - Present|
|San Diego County Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|M.D. News, June 2007 San Diego Edition, Vol. 2 No. 3||“The Envelope Please: Why the Date and Address on a 90-day Letter of Intent to Sue is Important to Your Defense”||2007|
|The San Diego Defense Lawyers’ Update||“They Say He Parted Well and Paid His Score: Examining Junior Attorney Retention"||2006|
|San Diego County Bar Association’s Career Issue||Profiled: "Beyond Conventional Wisdom: The Tale of a Successful Job Search”||2006|
|University of Iowa College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|University of Oklahoma||N/A||MA - Masters||2001|
|United States Military Academy||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1996|
|MCLE Presentation||Lizards, Snakes, and Reptiles, Oh My!: Countering Plaintiff’s Emerging Trial Theories||2013|
|MCLE Presentation||Identifying and Nullifying Plaintiff's "Reptile Mind" Strategy||2012|
|MCLE Presentation||Products Liability Practicum||2012|
|MCLE Presentation||Howell's Impact on Post-Verdict Motions||2010|
|San Diego County Bar Association’s Law Student Welcome||"How to Obtain a Summer Clerkship"||2007|