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Derek Howard

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Derek Howard has more than 30 years of experience in  complex litigation on behalf of athletes, consumers, employees and trust  beneficiaries. He has served as Co-Lead Counsel in nationwide class action cases and obtained substantial awards through  both jury verdicts and pre-trial settlements. Mr. Howard’s practice has provided counseling and litigation advice concerning sporting organizations, major Fortune 500 corporations, and has attained newsworthy and groundbreaking settlements.


  • Sport Law


  • University of San Francisco, MA in Sport Management, 2009
  • Golden Gate University School of Law, JD, 1984
  • University of Pennsylvania, BA in Political Science and Urban Studies, 1980

Prior Experience

  • President Derek G. Howard Law Firm Inc.

Awards & Distinctions

  • Superlawyers of Northern California (2007-2023)
  • Top 100 National Trial Lawyers (2022)
  • Top 100 High Stakes Litigators in Northern California (2020)
  • Finalist for the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award Consumers Attorneys of California (2018, 2019)
  • Top 100 Superlawyers in Northern California (2016)
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum (2015)