Roscoe C. Howard, Jr.

  • 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
    Suite 500
    Washington, D.C. 20006-4623

Roscoe C. Howard, Jr., is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg’s Litigation Department in the Washington, D.C., office, where he is a member of the White Collar and Investigations Practice Group. His practice primarily focuses on white collar criminal matters, complex litigation, and corporate compliance and ethics issues.

Having tried more than 100 cases as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Howard has experience in handling investigative matters initiated by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and local law enforcement agencies. He has also handled matters in federal courts and the District of Columbia Superior Court.

Mr. Howard served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from 2001-2004, by appointment of President George W. Bush. During his appointment, he served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. Mr. Howard was appointed as U.S. Attorney from a tenured, full professorship at the University of Kansas School of Law, where he taught from 1994 to 2001. He has twice served as an Associate Independent Counsel, and was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia and in the Eastern District of Virginia in both Richmond and Alexandria.

As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Howard handled criminal cases involving narcotics trafficking, homicides, fraud and public corruption, as well as dozens of trials and investigations before the District of Columbia Superior Court and numerous grand jury investigations. He has also argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and served as the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Coordinator while in Richmond and Chief of the Task Force that prosecuted cases arising from a local prison.

Mr. Howard currently serves on the Roger Williams University School of Law board of directors, the Washington Lawyers Committee and previously served on the U.S.-Canada Fulbright Foundation board of directors and as a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions. 

As an author and speaker, Mr. Howard has written several articles on criminal law and procedure and frequently speaks nationally at white collar crime seminars and institutes. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers for his work in Criminal Defense: White Collar in 2007 and 2008 and from 2013-2017.

After graduating with an A.B. from Brown University, Mr. Howard earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Mr. Howard is admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia and before the Supreme Court of Virginia, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.