Danny Mark Howell

Danny Mark Howell: Attorney with Law Offices of Danny M. Howell, PLLC AV stamp icon


Danny Howell has been representing attorneys in professional liability suits, bar investigations and complaints, and disbarment actions before the federal courts and the United States Patent & Trademark Office, for over 25 years. Danny has an extensive insurance coverage practice focusing on legal and medical professional liability and commercial liability in the areas of residential and commercial construction insurance. He represents insurers and policyholders in coverage cases and bad faith actions, attorneys and psychiatrists in professional liability and ethics-related matters,corporate officers and directors in a variety of wrongful act claims, and businesses in contract and tort actions, Danny also represents accreditation and certification agencies in litigation arising out of accreditation decisions. He lectures and publishes extensively on legal ethics and insurance coverage topics. Danny is admitted to practice in the Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia state and federal courts, as well as the Fourth, Sixth, and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. From 2003 through 2016, Danny was a partner with the McLean, Virginia office of Richmond-based Sands Anderson, P.C. He joined Sands Anderson as part of its 2003 merger with Schraub Howell & Company, Chartered, where he served as managing partner. In March 2016 Danny founded the Law Offices of Danny M. Howell, PLLC, a litigation boutique in McLean, Virginia. Danny carries an AV® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He was a 2007 Fellow of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism, has served as an Adjunct Professor with the University of Richmond’s Public Safety Program, and is a member of the Claims Committee of Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company. Originally from Southern Indiana, Danny resides in McLean, Virginia, with his wife Connie and their two children, Daniel and Catherine. Danny services on the board of directors of the Center for Auto Safety, a Washington D.C. consumer advocacy group. He is active as a Deacon and Stephen Minister in his church, and in his spare time enjoys playing guitar and saxophone and writing screenplays.

of the National Instutute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism. Danny has written numerous articles and contributed to continuing education materials on insurance coverage, legal malpractice, legal ethics and civil litigation topics. Prior to joining Sands Anderson PC, Danny was a partner with the law firm of Schraub, Howell & Company, Chtd.


"Surviving Allegations of Professional Misconduct" (with Stephen M. Goldman), Washington Lawyer, Oct. 2004.

"Defense Counsel and Coverage Implications of the Tripartite Relationship", Coverage (a publication of the Committee on Insurance Coverage Litigation of the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation), November/December 2003.

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• D. C. Regional Law Office Relocates

Areas of Practice (29)

  • Business & Professional Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Professional Liability
  • Construction Insurance
  • Professional Negligence
  • Directors and Officers Errors and Omissions
  • Civil RICO
  • Professional Liability Insurance Coverage
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Insurance Agents and Brokers Malpractice
  • Psychiatric Malpractice
  • Insurance Coverage Defense
  • Insurance Bad Faith Defense
  • Commercial Insurance Defense
  • Fraud and Deceit
  • Federal Civil Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • College and University Law
  • Nonprofit Corporations
  • Federal Administrative Law
  • Accident Insurance
  • Automobile Insurance
  • Constitutional Law
  • Consumer Protection
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Fraud
  • Business Fraud

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
703-749-1490  Phone
703-864-7439  Cell Phone
703-749-1496  Fax
University Attended:
Indiana University, B.A., 1978
Law School Attended:
George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 1989
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia; 1989, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; 1989, Virginia; 1990, District of Columbia; 1997, Maryland; United States Bankruptcy Courts; United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Special Agencies:

Board Member, Center for Auto Safety

Birth Information:
Bedford, IN, 1955
Reported Cases:

reversed, 2014 Va. Unpub. LEXIS 29, *1 (Va. Oct. 3, 2014) (McClanahan, Chief J. dissenting)

affirmed, Smith v. Purnell, 475 F. App'x 464, 465 (4th Cir. 2012) (per curiam).

(E.D.Va. 2010) (“Chinese Drywall” remediation claim dismissed for failure to allege that insured was legally obligated to pay); 709 F. Supp. 2d 441 (E.D.Va. 2010) (amended complaint adequately pleads legal obligation); 793 F. Supp. 2d 785 (E.D. Va. 2011) (granting summary judgment to insurers where insured was not legally obligated to pay for remediation); dismissed on jurisdictional grounds, Builders Mut. Ins. Co. v. Dragas Mgmt. Corp., 497 F. App'x 313, 314 (4th Cir. Oct. 23, 2012).

th Cir. Dec. 9, 2009) (abuse of discretion not to hear insurer’s declaratory judgment action involving defense duties in a lawsuit arising out of the $600 million Blackberry settlement, where decision was limited to “eight corners” of the policy and the complaint); 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122836 (E.D. Va. Nov. 18, 2010) (on remand) (summary judgment granted to insurer declaring no duty to defend because business enterprise exclusion precluded coverage).

affirmed, Minn. Lawyers Mut. Ins. Co. v. Batzli, 442 F. App'x 40, 55 (4th Cir. 2011) (Shedd, J., dissenting).

Great American Ins. Co. v. Gross, 2005 WL 2009284 (E.D.Va. Aug 19,2005), rev’d, 468 F.3d 199 (4th Cir. 2006); on remand, 2007 WL 1577503 (E.D.Va. May 30, 2007); 2008 WL 376283 (Feb. 11, 2008) (rescission of directors & officer insurance policy)

reconsid. denied, 2004 WL 1080187 (E.D. Va. April 5, 2004); rev'd and remanded, 142 Fed. Appx. 147 (4th Cir. July 20, 2005) (insurance coverage, construction defect, subcontractor exception to “your work” exclusion)


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