Howard S. Shafer
Direct: (646) 435-9438

Howard has over 30 years of experience in the Insurance and Corporate Liability Defense field. Howard became a Partner in a small insurance and negligence defense firm after two years in practice and went on to become an Executive Committee Member of a larger firm in the field.

Howard has received an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as a New York Super Lawyer since 2006. Since 2009, he has been selected for the Corporate Counsel Edition. He was also selected as a New York State Chair of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. Howard is a Past Chair of the Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association. His cases have been reported in both Federal and State reporters and his articles have appeared in a number of legal publications. He has lectured on various subjects in his field and recently Chaired the Ninth Corporate Counsel Institute, co-sponsored by the Corporate Counsel Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association in New York City.

Practice Areas:
Alternative Dispute Resolution; Appellate Practice; Attorney Malpractice Defense; Automobile Liability; Autonomous Vehicles; Chiropractic Malpractice Defense; Civil Rights; Construction Defect; Construction Liability; Corporate Counsel; Cyber Liability and Data Privacy; Directors & Officers Liability; Drone Liability; Insurance Coverage; Labor and Employment Defense; Environmental / Toxic Tort; General Liability; Municipal Liability; Nursing Home Defense; Personal Injury Defense; Premises Liability; Professional Liability; Products Liability; Security Company Liability; Trucking and Commercial Transportation Defense; Workers’ Compensation Defense

Brooklyn Law School, J.D.
Rutgers, B.A., Labor Studies

Admitted to the Bar:
New York, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts
New Jersey, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Arbitrator, New York City Civil Court; Zoning Board of Adjustment, Englewood, NJ (Former Board Member)
Englewood Economic Development Corporation (Former Board Member)

Professional Associations and Memberships:
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC); Defense Research Institute (DRI); New York State Bar Association (Past Chair, Corporate Counsel Section; member of the Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law section; member of the Labor and Employment section); Professional Liability Underwriting Society; Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (Past New York State Chair); Bergen County Bar Association; Jewish Lawyers Guild (Secretary)

Reported cases:
Finch v. Pers, 842 F. Supp 78 (S.D.N.Y. 1994)

Murray v. Morelli, P.C., 208 A.D.2d 604 (2nd Dep’t, 1994)

Alagna v. Marsh & McLennan Companies, 263 A.D.2d 430 (1st Dep’t, 1999)

Schecter, v. 210 E. 90th St. Owners, Inc., 271 A.D.2d 224 (1st Dep’t, 2000)

Martinez v. City of New York, 299 A.D.2d 526 (2nd Dep’t, 2002)

Anderson v. Abodeen, 29 A.D.3d 431 (1st Dep’t, 2006)

Walton v Mercy College, 93 A.D.3d 460 (1st Dep’t, 2012)

A Refresher on New York Dram Shop Liability,
NYSBA Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section Journal, Spring 2008, Vol 37, No. 1

Amendments to the N.Y. CPLR on Motion Practice, New York Law Journal, August 15, 2007, Inside Magazine (publication of the Corporate Counsel Section of the NY State Bar Association), Fall, 2006.

Highlights From The First Corporate Counsel Institute, Inside Magazine (publication of the Corporate Counsel Section of the NY State Bar Association), Winter, 2005.

Removal In Federal Diversity Jurisdiction Cases And Subsequent Occurring Events – The Amount in Controversy,
The Defendant, September 1997

Without Prejudice Dismissal Does Not Guarantee Extension, New York Law Journal, May 15, 1996

Honors and Awards:
New York Super Lawyer®  since 2006 (Corporate Counsel Edition since 2009)
AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell

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