Howard Smith, Senior Staff Attorney, Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council

Prior to joining DSSRC, Howard was a commercial counselor and litigator at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin and Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP handling complex matters across a broad array of subject matters including false advertising disputes, intellectual property and bankruptcy matters. Howard has substantial first and second chair trial experience as well as experience reviewing, analyzing and drafting contracts, license agreements and settlement agreements for a wide variety of commercial clients.

Howard’s notable achievements for varied clients include successfully arguing an appeal to the Second Circuit for a Fortune 200 client, winning two breach of contract trials in New York state court, winning a defense verdict in a two-week jury trial in California state court, obtaining dismissal of all claims against his client in a “bet the company” advertising and trademark dispute, favorably resolving as co-counsel seven litigations arising from real estate investments in excess of $1 billion, and successfully arguing an appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit . Howard also has significant experience as an advertising attorney handling advertising disputes before the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council and with consumer perception surveys in both NAD and Lanham Act matters. He has also written and spoken extensively about advertising self-regulation.

Howard received his bachelor’s degree at Vassar College and is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law. Howard has been a member of the New York State Bar since 2000.