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MEMBER PROFILE: Hon. Barry L. Howard (Ret.)

Michigan mediator Barry  Howard
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Hon. Barry L. Howard (Ret.)
Law Offices of Barry L. Howard, P.C.
3910 Telegraph Rd., Ste. 200
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Tel: (248) 593-5000
Fax: (248) 723-7892
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Hon. Barry L. Howard (Ret.) has experience in the following areas of Civil Law:
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Biographical Notes:

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Mr. Howard is currently Of Counsel to the law firm of Lipson, Neilson, Cole, Seltzer & Garin, P.C., having joined the firm May 2, 2005, specializing in alternative dispute resolution services, litigation, administrative law, land use and government relations.  He retired as a judge from the Oakland County, Michigan, Circuit Court bench in April 2001 to return to private practice, and joined the law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, LLP, as Of Counsel, where he specialized in the same areas.

During his tenure in private practice, he engaged in the general practice of law, with particular emphasis in labor and administrative law, and related litigation before various State and Federal administrative agencies and courts.  Mr. Howard also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for State Attorney General Frank Kelley.

While a judge, Mr. Howard was a member of the Executive Board of the Michigan Judges Association, serving as its President in 2000, previously serving as its President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and was Chairperson of its Legislative Committee.  He was also a member of the Academic Advisory Committee and the faculty of the Michigan Judicial Institute, which is the teaching arm of the Michigan Supreme Court.  In addition, Mr. Howard participated as a gubernatorial appointee for the Commission on the Courts in the 21st Century.

In December 1995, he was appointed Chief Judge Pro Tempore for the Oakland County Circuit Court.  He was selected as "one of the top five most respected judges" in the state by a WDIV-Channel 4 Lawyers' Survey conducted in 1995.  In 1996, Western Michigan University honored him by creating the Barry L. Howard Medallion Scholarship.  During that year, he also was the recipient of the first Distinguished Service Award presented by the Police Officers Association of Michigan, for his dedication and support to the law enforcement community.  Also in that year, he received the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award.  In 2011, Mr. Howard was one of the recipients of the Champion of Justice Award by the State Bar of Michigan.


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  • University of Detroit School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1973)
  • University of Michigan, BA, History Major, Teaching Certificate - Graduated w/Distinction (1970)


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Memberships & Affiliations:

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  • Former General Counsel to Police Officers Association of Michigan; former Special Assistant Attorney General
  • Past President of Michigan Judges Association; past faculty member of Michigan Judicial Institute
  • Selected as "one of the top five most respected judges" in Michigan by a WDIV-Channel 4 Lawyers' Survey conducted in 1995
  • Rated "outstanding" and "preferred" by the Oakland County, Michigan, Bar Association and the South Oakland County, Michigan, Bar Association
  • Selected to co-chair the State Bar of Michigan's Judicial Crossroads Task Force in October 2009
  • Recipient of the State Bar of Michigan's Champion of Justice Award in September 2011


Rates: $495.00 per hour
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