Barry Howard

Barry Howard is a founding partner of the firm and has more than 36 years experience representing corporate and insurance clients in a wide range of civil litigation. Today he focuses his practice primarily in the areas of professional liability, business litigation, insurance coverage and products liability matters, with a significant portion of his practice dedicated to serving as a Rule 31 Mediator. More information on Mr. Howard’s mediation practice, including the ability to view availability and request mediation appointments online, may be found here

Products Liability
Mr. Howard has defended a broad range of products, including leading brands of firearms, industrial equipment, herbicides, automobiles, kerosene heaters, CNC lathes, ATVs, scissors lifts, track drills, waste containers, motorcycles, helmets, wave runners and other consumer products. His more notable representative cases include acting as local counsel for Agent Orange cases filed in Tennessee, defending ATV cases and Jeep rollover cases. He is currently defending several Rhino cases in state and federal court in Tennessee.

Professional Liability
Lawyers, accountants, real estate agents, insurance agents, insurance brokers, and pharmacists throughout Tennessee turn to Mr. Howard for his significant jury trial experience defending cases involving professional negligence claims. Insurance agencies throughout the state including Memphis, Dyersburg, Jackson, Nashville, Clarksville, Cookeville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Murfreesboro have utilized the expertise of Mr. Howard when sued for errors and omissions claims. Mr. Howard’s undergraduate degree in accounting benefits his clients when complex financial transactions form the basis of a claim for professional negligence or damages.

Insurance Coverage
Coverage litigation has been an ongoing part of Mr. Howard’s practice throughout his career. These cases include a trial in Federal Court challenging the right of homeowner carriers to choose counsel, a claim by a hospital company that it was entitled to millions of dollars in theft losses, intentional act exclusions where firearms were discharged, the definition of professional services in errors and omissions polices and what constitutes material misrepresentations in applications.

Professional Associations and Speaking Engagements
Mr. Howard is a member of the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators, the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association (TDLA), the Defense Research Institute (DRI), where he serves on the professional liability committee and steering committee, and the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), where he serves on the professional liability and products liability committees. He is also a member and active supporter of the Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations and the Nashville Bar Foundation.

A frequent speaker and lecturer, Mr. Howard has presented seminars and continuing legal education programs for commercial providers and numerous organizations, including the Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations; TDLA; Samford University, Cumberland School of Law; and Insurers of Tennessee. Topics have included "Trying Wrongful Death Cases," "Recent Developments in Products Liability Law," "Defending Bad Faith Cases" and "Insurance Agent Errors and Omissions," among others.

Education and Background
Mr. Howard received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee in 1975 (major: accounting and minor: finance) and his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1977. Prior to founding Howard Tate in 1987, he served for eight years as an associate and later a partner at the Nashville law firm of Gracey, Maddin, Cowan & Bird.

Court Admissions
In addition to being a member of the bar of Tennessee and a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 listed civil mediator, Mr. Howard is also admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Middle, Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee. He is admitted to practice before the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal where he first argued in 1980.

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