Brandi G. Howard has been named to the National Bar Association’s 2022 “40 Under 40” List.
The National Bar Association is the nation's oldest and largest national
association of predominantly African American lawyers, judges, educators
and law students. The “40 Under 40” awards honor top lawyers under the age
of 40 for high achievement, including in advocacy, innovation, vision,
leadership, and overall legal and community involvement. The recipients
will be honored at a gala on July 27, 2022, during the NBA’s 97th Annual
Convention in Memphis, Tennessee.
“These awards are designed to recognize attorneys who have shown a true
commitment to advancing important legal interests as demonstrated by their
hard work, creativity, leadership and the successes they have achieved at
this stage in their respective careers,” NBA president Carlos Moore said.
Based in Washington, D.C., Howard is a partner in McGuireWoods’ nationally
recognized Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation
Department. She represents corporate and individual clients in government
investigations and complex commercial trial and appellate litigation across
the country, with a focus on litigation in the District of Columbia federal
and local courts.
Howard has represented clients in cases involving the False Claims Act;
constitutional issues such as free speech, religious freedom and sovereign
immunity; and breach of contract and consumer protection cases.
She defends clients against congressional investigations and government
investigations conducted by regulatory and enforcement bodies involving
healthcare fraud, consumer protection, antitrust and anti-money
She focuses on investigations, white collar, and complex commercial
litigation and appellate matters. She also has an active pro bono practice
representing individuals and organizations in civil rights cases, breach of
contract disputes and other matters, with the common thread of community
Howard’s pro bono achievements include assisting a historically Black D.C.
church resolve a breach of contract case tied to loss of revenue during the
pandemic and attaining a favorable result for disadvantaged tenants who
brought discrimination and wrongful eviction claims against the owner of a
D.C. apartment building.
“The National Bar Association has made historic and lasting contributions
to the rule of law and I am proud to be recognized by this prestigious
organization,” Howard said.
Howard was one of 24 participants in the District of Columbia Bar’s
John Payton Leadership Academy Class of 2020 and she was selected by
The National Black Lawyers for its list of “Top 40 Under 40” lawyers in Washington, D.C. in 2021 and