Philip K. Howard, Esq. is a partner at the law firm Covington & Burling, and a well-known leader of legal reform in America. He is the author of the best-seller The Death of Common Sense (Random House, 1995), The Collapse of the Common Good (Ballantine, 2002) and, most recently, Life Without Lawyers (W. W. Norton & Company, 2009), and is a periodic contributor to the op-ed pages of The New York
Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Mr. Howard has advised numerous political leaders, federal agencies and states on legal and regulatory reform issues.
In 2002, Mr. Howard founded Common Good, a national bipartisan coalition organized to restore common sense to American law. Its Advisory Board includes leaders representing a broad cross-section of American political thought including Howard Baker, Bill Bradley, Alan Simpson and Tom Kean.
Mr. Howard has long been an active in New York City civic issues. As an officer of Community Board 6 in the late 1970s, he led a fight to save Tudor City parks from development. In the 1980s, as a board member of the MAS, he helped shape the strategy and wrote op-ed pieces for the Society’s campaign to save the lights of Times Square. He also developed the legal arguments for the successful opposition of the original Coliseum tower at Columbus Circle, for which he was sited as one of the Village Voice’s “New York’s Heroes.” As MAS Board Chairman, he helped devise the Society’s political strategy to advocate for the full realization of a Moynihan Station in the Farley Post Office Building, and chaired the Citizens Committee to organize support and funding for the Tribute in Light Memorial.
Mr. Howard received a J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1974. He received a B.A. with honors from Yale College in 1970.