Justin D. Howland is a Partner and Trial Counsel in the firm’s Syracuse office. He represents corporate entities and various small businesses in contract, premises liability, corporate liability, complex toxic tort and environmental contamination, products liability, and asbestos and chemical exposure claims throughout the State of New York. He successfully defends claims and has obtained favorable trial results, including a defense verdict on behalf of a former asbestos fiber-supplier. Mr. Howland has successfully argued appeals before New York’s Appellate Division in the Third and Fourth Departments in matters involving piercing the corporate veil, labor law, negligence, and products liability. He appreciates the diligence, attention to detail, open communication, and outstanding results each of his clients deserves and expects.
Mr. Howland earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Oakland University in 2007, where he attended the Honors College and graduated with Departmental Honors. In 2011, he earned a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law, graduating as one of the first certificate recipients of Syracuse’s Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and Media, an interdisciplinary joint venture between Newhouse School of Public Communications, Maxwell School of Public Citizenship, and the College of Law. He also served as the Senior Articles Editor for Impunity Watch, Syracuse Law’s human rights advocacy journal, and clerked for a solo personal injury practitioner and at the City of Syracuse’s Corporation Counsel’s Office.
Mr. Howland previously practiced as trial counsel for boutique personal injury law firm and a worker’s compensation hearing attorney. Prior to attending Syracuse Law, he worked as a sports journalist in Detroit, Michigan, as well as on the congressional and campaign staff for Michigan’s 29th House District Representative. Currently, in addition to practicing law, Mr. Howland supports various charitable and social justice causes, and works as an advisor for student groups at Syracuse University and State University of New York at Cortland. He enjoys biking, camping, hiking, writing, sports, and music.
Mr. Howland is licensed to practice law in the State Courts of New York and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers, a lawyer rating service by Thomson Reuters, as an Upstate New York Rising Star in 2015, 2018, 2019, 2020, & 2021.