Attorney Howard is a 1964 high honors graduate of the University of Connecticut where he was a University Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi. He received his juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1967, and received a LLM (Tax) degree from Georgetown Law Center in 1971.
William Howard has been admitted to the Connecticut Bar since 1967. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Tax Court. Attorney Howard is a member of the Middlesex County Bar Association (President 1991-1992). He has served as a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Federal Judiciary Committee. Attorney Howard served on the Standing Committee on Recommendations for Admission to the Bar of Middlesex County, and was a member of the Executive Board of the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys.
Prior to entering private practice Attorney Howard was employed in the Tax Court Litigation Division of the Office of the Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service in Washington , D.C. (1967-1970), and was an Attorney Advisor (Clerk) to Hon. Samuel B. Sterrett, Judge , U.S. Tax Court (1970-1972).
Attorney Howard spent his career practicing in the fields of municipal law, real estate and land use, civil litigation, and corporate and commercial law. He has served as Town Attorney for the Towns of Haddam, Chester and Killingworth. He has represented the Killingworth zoning and wetlands commissions, the Deep River Zoning Commission, and was the Corporation Counsel for the City of Middletown. He has also served as Acting City Attorney for the City of Middletown. He has argued cases before federal and state courts including WATCH (Waterbury Action to Conserve Our Heritage) v. Harris, 603 F.2d 310 (2d Cir. 1978); PAR Developers, LTD. v. Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Killingworth, 37 Conn. App. 348 (1995); Town of Haddam v. LaPointe, 42 Conn. App. 631 (1996); Tri-State Tank Corp. v. Higganum Heating, Inc., 45 Conn. App. 798 (1997); and Graff v. Zoning Board of Appeals, 277 Conn. 645, 894 A.2d 285 (2006).
The civic involvements of Attorney Howard include the Board of Directors of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce (Chairman 1993-1994), and the Board of Directors of the Rockfall Foundation (President 1997-1999). He has been a member of the Middletown Rotary Club and the Board of Trustees of the Indian Hill Cemetery Association. In the past he has been a trustee of the Greater Middletown Preservation Trust, a vestryman of the Society of the Church of the Holy Trinity, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Middlesex YMCA. He has also served as Chairman of the Charter Revision Commission, City of Middletown (1992-1994), and Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Old Middletown High School (1974-1975) which resulted in recycling the 19th century high school into an award-winning apartment project.