Phillip K. Howard

Partner, Covington & Burling and Founder & Chairman, Common Good

PHILIP K HOWARD, a partner in the law firm Covington & Burling LLP, is also a well-known leader of legal reform in America. He is the author of Life Without Lawyers (Norton, 2009), as well as the best-seller The Death of Common Sense (Random House, 1995) and The Collapse of the Common Good (Ballantine, 2002), and he is a periodic contributor to the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He advises leaders of both parties on legal and regulatory reform issues, and wrote the introduction to Vice President Al Gore's book Common Sense Government.

In 2002, Mr. Howard founded Common Good (, a national coalition organized to restore common sense to American public life. The Advisory Board of Common Good is composed of leaders from a broad cross-section of American political thought including, among others, former Senators Howard Baker, Bill Bradley, George McGovern, and Alan Simpson.

Mr. Howard has long been a civic leader in New York. He was Chair of the Committee that installed the "Tribute in Light" Memorial for those who died on September 11th.

Mr. Howard grew up in Eastern Kentucky, the son of a minister, and lives in Manhattan with his wife Alexandra. They have four children.

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1974
    • Order of the Coif
    • Law Review
  • Yale University, B.A., 1970

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Publications and Multimedia
A Federal Sunset Law - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 12, 2011