| Derek G. Howard|
Derek G. Howard is founder of The Howard Law Firm in Mill Valley, California, providing 30 years of experience in complex litigation on behalf of consumers, employees, trust beneficiaries and investors. He has served as Co-Lead Counsel in many...MoreDerek G. Howard is founder of The Howard Law Firm in Mill Valley, California, providing 30 years of experience in complex litigation on behalf of consumers, employees, trust beneficiaries and investors. He has served as Co-Lead Counsel in many nationwide class action cases and obtained substantial awards through both jury verdicts and pre-trial settlements. Mr. Howard’s practice has primarily involved prosecuting class actions and complex cases against major Fortune 500 corporations, attaining newsworthy and groundbreaking monetary settlements.
Since 2007, Howard has been elected by his peers as a “SuperLawyer” in Law & Politics Magazine, representing the top three percent of practitioners. As a result of previous verdicts and settlements, Howard has also qualified as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Howard started with the national law firm of Pillsbury Madison and Sutro in 1986, specializing in antitrust and complex litigation on behalf of Fortune 500 companies. In 1999, he co-founded the firm Murray & Howard LLP and was managing partner until 2010. He then joined San Francisco based Minami Tamaki LLP, where he was Of Counsel during 2010-2015.
Howard was graduated in 1980 from the University of Pennsylvania, with double majors in Political Science and Urban Studies. After two years working on Special Investigations with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, he earned his Juris Doctor in 1984 from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. He received a Masters Degree in Sport Management in 2009 from the University of San Francisco.
Howard’s publications and speaking engagements cover current developments in the topics of development in sport and society, antitrust and unfair competition conducted by corporate entities financial abuse and fraud.
Howard has served as a Special Master in Marin County, and for seven years has served on the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California. He presently is an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco Masters’ Program in Collegiate Sport.
He has resided in Marin County with his family since arriving in California three decades ago. Collapse
| Gil D. Messina|
Gil D. Messina received his juris doctor degree from Suffolk University School of Law in Boston where he received the Am Jur Award for highest achievement in Constitutional Law. He has a masters in law from New York University School of Law. He...MoreGil D. Messina received his juris doctor degree from Suffolk University School of Law in Boston where he received the Am Jur Award for highest achievement in Constitutional Law. He has a masters in law from New York University School of Law. He served as a law clerk for the Honorable Lawrence Cameron, Presiding Justice of the District Court of South Boston. Mr. Messina's practice is concentrated in the areas of complex business litigation, including antitrust, business torts, unfair competition, commercial and contract litigation. Mr. Messina is also a Special Monmouth County Counsel and is responsible for representing several of the county's major departments and agencies, including the Department of Human Services, Department of Health Care Facilities, Solid Waste Advisory Council, Agriculture Development Board and the Monmouth County Correctional Institution. He handles complex litigation matters for the County of Monmouth, in addition to those litigation matters involved in his private practice.
Mr. Messina also specializes in private international trade and international litigation in U.S. courts. He was a member of the Governor's Commission on International Trade and a member of the New Jersey District Export Council. He has lectured extensively on international trade matters for the United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, The Export Advisory Service of Chemical Bank, Brookdale Community College, Middlesex County College and Ocean County College. He is the author of "Legal Aspects of Foreign Agency Agreements" chapter of The International Connection published by AT&T. Collapse