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

Expertise

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

 

Education

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

 

Memberships

  • 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 (2005-06)
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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

 

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)

Cases of note

  • JUDY SLAUGHTER v. BLARNEY CASTLE OIL CO., Manistee County Circuit Court. Successfully defended company in a personal injury case before a jury against claims of permanent disability by a customer claiming to have been injured on its premises.
  • IN RE TRADE PARTNERS, INC., QUILLING v. TRADE PARTNERS, INC.; US District Court, Western District of Michigan and related mass action in Kent County Circuit Court.  Litigated a putative class action, and eventual mass action lawsuit, involving more than 1,300 plaintiffs arising out of the failure of an investment firm with a portfolio exceeding $200 million.  Sarah and the litigation team negotiated a complex but favorable settlement for her client.
  • Sarah has argued multiple times at the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits.  She scored a rare win in an appeal she argued in a prisoner civil rights case, obtaining a reversal of the trial court decision that it lacked personal jurisdiction. Howard v. Whitbeck.
  • Sarah has handled more than 20 matters in Michigan appellate courts, including a rare, partial reversal of a trial court denial of attorney fees. Day v. HME, Inc.

News

  • “Widely-respected labor law firm welcomes Howard with open arms,”
    Grand Rapids Legal News (Jan. 28, 2015).
  • Senate candidates tackle tough issues
  • Grand Haven Dem announces candidacy
    for 30th State Senate seat

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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