C. Elaine Howard
BiographyC. Elaine Howard is a trial attorney focusing on commercial litigation, employment law, and real estate disputes. Ms. Howard distinguishes herself by partnering with clients to determine their goals for litigation up front, to re-evaluate those goals as the litigation progresses, and to advise, inform, and counsel clients to obtain those goals. Ms. Howard frequently becomes involved in disputes at the pre-litigation stage, advising clients on economical workout strategies to resolve the issue, as well as reduce time and expense.
In commercial litigation, she has handled for both plaintiffs and defendants numerous cases involving banking practices, disputes over multi-million dollar notes, workouts, contract disputes, securities fraud, and insurance regulation. She has also handled several significant legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duties cases where the underlying matters involved patents, foreclosures, oil and gas properties, and a personal injury case involving a $24 million jury verdict.
In the employment context, she has handled claims involving racial discrimination, racial harassment, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, defamation, disability discrimination, age discrimination, and Sabine Pilot. She has been involved in numerous cases seeking to enforce a covenant not to compete or contesting its enforcement, solicitation of employees and theft of trade secrets. She has handled a number of matters involving alleged breaches of employment contracts. Ms. Howard advises clients in risk avoidance, by helping to train supervisors and reviewing and preparing employment policies. She has served as the editor of Jackson Walker Employer's Newsletter.
In the real estate context, she has handled hundreds of landlord/tenant disputes primarily but not exclusively on the landlord's side. She has one of the few reported cases on the landlord's duty to mitigate damages, and has successfully first chaired two jury trials involving landlord/tenant issues. Ms. Howard advises individuals seeking to acquire property about their possible liabilities and consults on the closing documents and indemnification agreements. She has also handled evictions, lockouts, title and lien priority disputes, foreclosure on real and personal property, Fair Housing Act violations, enforcement of deed restrictions, discrimination by homeowners' associations, ad valorem taxes, easements, and disputes arising out of the acquisition of real property.
Ms. Howard is active in Rice University alumni activities and has served as the President of the Rice University Business and Professional Women's Group and as Chair of the Rice Young Alumni Committee. She is actively involved in fundraising for Rice, and Co-Chairs her Reunion Year Annual Fund Committee.
Ms. Howard was named a 2006 "Rising Star" by Thomson Reuters and was named one of "Houston's Professionals on the Fast Track" in H Magazine for 2005.
Speeches / Publications
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Links to Publications
B.A. Economics, Political Science and Managerial Studies, Rice University (TX)
J.D., magna cum laude, University of Houston Law Center