Howard R. Hawkins

Phone212 504 6422

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Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate & Securities Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Distressed Municipal Finance
  • Financial Products Litigation
  • International Litigation
  • Investment Management Litigation
University Harvard University, A.B., cum laude, 1972
Law SchoolFordham University, School of Law, J.D., 1975
Admitted1976, New York; 1977, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; 1980, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Fourth Circuits; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; 1987, Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit and U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; 1990, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; 2007, U.S. Supreme Court

Howard Hawkins represents financial institutions in securities, financial, and bankruptcy litigations arising out of proprietary trading, lending, underwriting, broker-dealer and advisory services. Recognized by Chambers USA as a leading litigator for financial institutions, Howard has handled major cases in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels throughout the United States. He has extensive experience in complex cases in the Southern District of New York, acting as lead trial counsel in numerous trials, and as lead appellate counsel in eleven cases in the federal circuits, including seven in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and appeals in the Third, Fourth, Eighth, and District of Columbia Circuits.

His recent experience includes the representation of financial institutions in connection with all manner of structured finance products and derivatives, and as underwriters, buyers and sellers of commercial and residential mortgage loans and securities. He represents several of the largest banks in the United States in litigation in New York federal and state courts and in major bankruptcy proceedings, including the Lehman Brothers and City of Detroit cases.

Howard also represents financial institutions and their officers in SEC and CFTC investigations and in connection with criminal cases brought by the U.S. Department of Justice. He has acted for major trading companies, exchanges, and clearing organizations in regulatory investigations and proceedings, and in federal trial and appellate court cases involving futures, options, and derivatives. He has significant experience in cases involving all manner of financial fraud, including diversion of assets and false reporting. He brings a broad scope of experience to major cases, including accounting frauds, which often result in cases against or in defense of company officers, directors, and auditors.

Howard has advised clients and instructed litigation and investigations in England, France, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South America and handled cases in the U.S. for or against clients from those nations.

A member of the bar in New York and Maryland, Howard is admitted to practice in federal trial and appellate courts throughout the U.S., and is a member of the Federal Bar Council. He is an International Member of the U.K. Law Society licensed to act as a solicitor in England, and he has instructed major litigation in the London Commercial Court. He graduated, cum laude, from Harvard College and the Fordham Law School, and he served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Lawrence W. Pierce, then U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York.

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News Releases

More Than 40 Cadwalader Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers 2014 New York Metro Edition

Sep 15, 2014

Cadwalader Has Another Breakout Year at the IFLR Americas Awards - Firm is Recognized for Two Outstanding Achievements in Deal and Team Categories

Mar 27, 2013

Super Lawyers Taps More Than 40 Metropolitan New York Cadwalader Attorneys as Outstanding in Their Fields

Sep 26, 2011


More Than 40 Cadwalader Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers 2014 New York Metro Edition

Sep 15, 2014

Chambers and Partners USA 2014

May 23, 2014

Chambers and Partners USA 2013

May 24, 2013


Clients & Friends Memos

Court Rules that Detroit is Eligible for Chapter 9 and that Pensions May be Impaired in Chapter 9

Dec 06, 2013

Insurers Seek Enforcement of State Law Protections for City of Detroit GO Bonds

Nov 12, 2013

Detroit Bankruptcy Court Refuses Stay of Chapter 9 Eligibility Hearing Under Stern v. Marshall

Sep 30, 2013

Court Approves Extension of the Automatic Stay in Detroit's Chapter 9 Case to State Officials

Jul 26, 2013

City of Detroit Files Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Petition - Challenges Ahead

Jul 19, 2013

Cadwalader Files Amici Brief in Peter Cooper Village Foreclosure on Behalf of LNR and American Capital

Mar 31, 2010


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