Howard Roin is a civil litigator with more than 30 years of trial and appellate experience, primarily representing large businesses and financial institutions in complex, high stakes litigation. His trial victories include a defense verdict in a three-month commercial trial in which the plaintiffs had sustained $150 million in money damages, a more than $60 million judgment on behalf of a bankruptcy estate, a defense verdict where the plaintiff claimed $20 million in damages (and another major firm lost an identical case against the same plaintiff and lawyers), and a $9 million plaintiff’s verdict. Howard also successfully briefed and argued appeals in federal and state courts around the country, including an en banc appeal in the United States Court of Appeals, an appeal that enforced repayment obligations for more than $1 billion of municipal bonds, and an appeal that affirmed an order compelling two civil defendants to surrender their passports.
Howard has experience and expertise across a broad spectrum of commercial litigation areas, including corporate disputes, consumer, business, and discrimination class actions; financial institutions and lender liability; securities and commodities fraud; bankruptcy disputes; employment termination and business separation (tortious interference, disclosure of confidential information, unfair competition, covenants not to compete); breach of contract; real estate and zoning; contested acquisitions; First Amendment and media regulation; equipment leasing; and trust and bond indentures.
As part of a Mayer Brown’s pro bono program, Howard also served as lead counsel in a high profile criminal trial, winning acquittal on all of the felony charges.
Howard is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College and an honors graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he was on the Law Review and Order of the Coif. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Howard served as Law Clerk to Judge George MacKinnon, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and as Special Assistant to William Webster, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.