Heather M. Howard

Heather Howard

is a senior associate in King & Spalding’s Tort and Environmental Law Practice Group. Ms. Howard has experience in large-scale, class action and multidistrict litigation, as well as individual product liability, consumer fraud, and toxic tort cases. Her practice focuses on product liability and the representation of clients in the pharmaceutical industry . Ms. Howard joined King & Spalding after serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Rhesa H. Barksdale on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Howard participated in the 2013 IADC Trial Academy.

Publications and Presentations

Co-Author, “A Light at the End of the Tunnel? An Update on Innovator Liability,” DRI’s Rx for the Defense, January 2014

Course Presenter, “The Learned Intermediary Doctrine – Defense Lessons for the Regulatory Professional,” University of Southern California School of Pharmacy’s Regulatory Science Graduate Program Course on Medical Products and the Law, September 2013

Co-Author, “But I Took Your Drug Too! What Happens When a Plaintiff Claiming Injury From a Generic Medication Previously Took the Branded Version and Seeks to Hold the Branded Manufacturer Liable?” DRI’s Rx for the Defense, January 2013

Speaker at DRI Annual Meeting, Drug & Medical Device CLE Session, “New Lessons From an Old Doctrine -- An Update on the Learned Intermediary Doctrine” -- New Orleans, October 2012

Speaker at DRI Drug & Medical Device Seminar, Young Lawyers Blockbuster, “The Learned Intermediary Doctrine: Alive and Well or on Its Last Leg?”, Chicago, May 2011

The Negligent Enablement of Imposter Fraud: A Common-Sense Common Law Claim, 54 Duke L.J. 1263 (2005)


Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Product Liability Litigation , 2) Pharma Products Liability , 3) Energy Appellate , 4) Pharma/Biotech/Med Devices , 5) Toxic Tort Litigation , 6) Mass Tort , 7) Appellate, 8) Constitutional and Administrative Law and 9) Healthcare Industry
Law School J.D., cum laude, Duke University
Admitted Year 2006
Education B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Washington and Lee University
Bar Member / Association American Bar Association,,Atlanta Bar Association,State Bar of Georgia,
Most recent firm King & Spalding LLP
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