Richard F. Howard graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina in 1970 and from the Boston University School of Law with honors in 1976. He served as an Assistant Attorney General in the State of Maine before joining the Disability Law Center in 1979. In both positions, Mr. Howard handled litigation at the levels of administrative hearings and state and federal courts, including class action and institutional reform cases.
At the Disability Law Center, Mr. Howard was counsel in several landmark cases that have expanded the rights of children with disabilities and led lobbying campaigns for legislation related to special education and protecting disabled adults from abuse. From 1986 to 1992 Mr. Howard was Executive Director of the Disability Law Center. During that period he worked with a national disability organization on litigation and national legislation and policy issues affecting children and adults with disabilities.
Mr. Howard joined the Boston law firm of Kotin Crabtree & Strong in 1992 where his practice included litigation of special education and other disability law matters in state and federal courts and administrative proceedings. He also continued to lecture and write articles on special education law and related issues.
Mr. Howard opened his current practice in February of 2005 and continues to represent children with disabilities and their families from throughout Massachusetts in special education matters.