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Charlotte Howells

Charlotte Howells

Director, Commercial & Criminal Litigation

Ms. Howells focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, representing clients in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, insurance, construction, real estate, and financial industries. She regularly defends clients in proceedings involving alleged violations of ERISA, RICO, state consumer protection statutes, and various common law claims. She also has experience in the area of media law and has handled litigation involving a variety of First Amendment issues, including defamation, privacy, and intermediary liability, as well as access issues involving state sunshine laws and FOIA. In addition, she represents clients in estate litigation and counsels clients regarding probate issues.

Ms. Howells has dealt with multiple aspects of state and federal practice, including drafting of discovery requests and responses, pleadings, dispositive and non-dispositive motion practice, and appeals. She also has extensive experience counseling clients regarding e-discovery issues. Ms. Howells is involved in all phases of litigation and dispute resolution, ranging from pre-litigation counseling to settlement negotiation, mediation, pre-trial preparation, and arbitration. She also assists clients with internal investigations and compliance issues.

Prior to joining Gibbons, Ms. Howells served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jose L. Fuentes, P.J.A.D., New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.

Credentials

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., cum laude)

  • Notes Editor, Seton Hall Law Legislative Journal
  • Recipient, Presidential Scholarship

Colgate University (B.A., cum laude)

  • Recipient, Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence

Professional Admissions

State of New Jersey

State of New York

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Professional Activities

New Jersey State Bar Association

New Jersey Women Lawyers Association

John C. Lifland Inn of Court
Barrister

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
Generation Now Committee Member

Judicial Clerkship(s)

Law clerk to the Honorable Jose L. Fuentes, P.J.A.D., New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, Morristown, NJ, 2013-2014

Judicial extern to the Honorable Cathy L. Waldor, U.S.M.J., United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Newark, NJ, 2012

Civic/Charitable Activities

NJ LEEP
Mentor