Howard A. Matalon is a partner of the firm and focuses on employment counseling, human resource guidance and employment and commercial litigation. Howard is a seasoned business litigator, with almost twenty-five years of experience acting as counsel on complex legal matters. Previously, Howard was head of Commercial Litigation for the Princeton office of Buchanan Ingersoll P.C. and Hale & Dorr LLP.
Howard routinely counsels his clients on a wide range of human resources issues, including employee hiring practices, workplace harassment, discrimination and whistleblowing, as well as worker status, classification and exemption. He also routinely coaches senior executives in their management of crisis situations and in negotiations with prospective employers.
Howard’s primary litigation expertise lies in risk management and strategic planning in the areas of compliance, corporate governance and sophisticated business litigation. Over the course of his career, he has handled a number of complex litigation and licensing matters for such Fortune 500 companies as Sears, Home Depot and Macromedia. Howard routinely counsels his client base on a host of regulatory matters, including the implementation of proactive measures to ensure that his clients achieve compliance while minimizing its fiscal and operational impact.
Howard has played an important and visible role in the New Jersey legal community. He has been involved in a number of business organizations vital to the growth of the New Jersey economy, including the Biotechnology Council of New Jersey, the New Jersey Technology Council and the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association. In September, 2000, in recognition of his ongoing efforts to improve the quality of lawyering throughout New Jersey, Howard served as Chair of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s District Ethics Committee for the Newark area. Howard also served as a member of the Editorial Board of the New Jersey Lawyer, the official newspaper of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the Appellate Committee and Business and Commercial Litigation Committees of the New Jersey Bar Association.
Howard is admitted to practice in New Jersey State and Federal Court, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Eighth and Ninth Circuits. Howard previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alan B. Handler of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Howard received a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Boston University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Boston University Law Review. He received a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Brandeis University.
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