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George S. Howard Jr.
Of Counsel


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  • University of Virginia (J.D. 1977; B.A. with highest distinction 1974)

Bar Admissions

  • California; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Ninth Circuits; and U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California

For more than 30 years, George Howard has represented employers in virtually every type of employment or labor dispute, including multi-week bench and jury trials, as well as many shorter proceedings before judges, administrative law judges, and arbitrators. Since 2007 he has been recognized 10 times by Super Lawyers as one of the top 10 attorneys in San Diego. He has been listed annually since 1993 in The Best Lawyers in America and since 2005 in Chambers USA as one of the premier labor and employment lawyers in California.

George has experience in matters involving employment discrimination, wage/hour, harassment, trade secrets/employee mobility, retaliation, whistleblower, ERISA, and employment contract issues. He also has extensive experience in union/management relations and collective bargaining along with trial experience in contract/warranty and real estate cases. George serves as amicus coordinator and is a past chair of the Employers Group Legal Committee, a group of 18 California employment lawyers who represent the interests of employers as amicus curiae in appeals of important employment and labor cases.

George is a Fellow at The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and the first San Diegan elected to this prestigious organization for labor and employment lawyers. He is a founding editor of Rutter Group's California Practice Guide-Employment Litigation. George is a past president of the San Diego Chapter of the Industrial Relations Research Association (now known as The Labor and Employment Research Association). In 1999-2000 he was instrumental in negotiating the first collective bargaining agreement in California between a labor organization and a federally recognized Indian tribe.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

    Super Lawyers, recognized 10 times since 2007 among the top 10 lawyers in San Diego in any practice area

    Best Lawyers in America (since 1993)

    Chambers USA (since 2005)

    Past chair, current amicus coordinator, Employers Group Legal Committee

    Past president, San Diego Chapter of the Industrial Relations Research Association (now known as The Labor and Employment Research Association)
George Howard