PINSKY, SMITH, FAYETTE & KENNEDY, LLP

PROTECTING WORKING PEOPLE & THEIR FAMILIES

MCKAY TOWER

146 Monroe Center  NW Suite 805

Grand Rapids  Michigan  49503-2818

Sarah Riley Howard

Sarah Riley Howard

Sarah Howard likes to make things right. Whether that’s righting wrongs in the workplace or holding government accountable to people. She has a strong sense of justice, a mediator’s knack for helping parties resolve differences, and an experienced litigator’s ability to seek justice in court, when necessary. While her practice is squarely focused on the rights of workers, it’s informed by early years in corporate law that bring valuable insight into all sides of workplace disputes. She’s a strong advocate for diversity, progressive public policy, and civil liberties. She’s active in the legal community. And she’s an all-around good egg—championing others’ causes, being a strong shoulder in difficult times, and lending her quick wit when laughter’s the best medicine. She and her husband Kevin have two, active young daughters and like to spend their downtime with family and friends on the lakeshore.

Expertise

  • Criminal defense
  • Civil rights
  • Workplace discrimination and wrongful termination

 

Education

  • BA, Western Michigan University, 1998
  • JD, University of Michigan Law School, 2001

 

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America (since 2013)
  • Michigan Super Lawyers (2014)
  • Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star (2010-2013)
  • U.S. District Court, mediators panel
  • U.S. District Court, former appointed Special Master for damages
  • U.S. District Court, Criminal Justice Act panel eligible for federal criminal defense appointments

Memberships

  • Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance, board member (2016-present)
  • Progressive Women’s Alliance, board member (2011-present)
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, trustee (2012-2015)
  • Lawyers Committee, ACLU of Western Michigan (2015-present)
  • Federal Bar Association, Western District of Michigan, executive board (2009-present), president elect (2013-2015)
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, trustee (2012-present), Young Lawyers Section, chair (2005-2006)
  • State Bar of Michigan

 

Other experience

  • Democratic candidate for State Senate, 30th District-Ottawa County (2014)
  • Associate (2002-2008) and Partner (2009-2014), Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP
  • Law clerk, Hon. Richard Alan Enslen, U.S. District Court (2001-2002)

 

  NEWS

  • PSFK attorney obtain settlement for Courser, Gamrat aides
  • Ex-Courser, Gamrat staffers to get $170K settlements
  • Michigan House to pay $515K in suit related to sex scandal
  • Widely-respected labor law firm welcomes Howard with open arms
  • Senate candidates tackle tough issues
  • Grand Haven Dem announces candidacy
    for 30th State Senate seat

Cases of note

  • ALLARD & GRAHAM v. MICHIGAN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids
  • MIKOLOWSKI v. 91ST DISTRICT COURT et al., U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids
  • UNITED STATES v. J. PINA, U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids
  • WYCOFF v. GORDON FOOD SERVICE, INC., U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids

PINSKY,  SMITH,  FAYETTE & KENNEDY,  LLP

MCKAY TOWER

146 Monroe Center NW  Suite 805

Grand Rapids  Michigan  49503-2818

616.451.8496

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