Howard Nations has been at the forefront of civil and personal injury litigation for over 50 years and has built a national practice focused on mass tort pharmaceuticals, individual catastrophic injuries, and complex business litigation.
Howard graduated from Florida State University in 1963 and from Vanderbilt Law School in 1966. He has four trial board certifications and has tried countless cases involving catastrophic injury, wrongful death, breach of contract, will contests, securities fraud, real estate fraud and domestic relations, among others. He also represented the accused in more than 300 pro bono criminal cases.
As a pioneer in courtroom technology, Howard was the first attorney to have computer-generated liability and medical animations admitted into evidence at trial. As a leader in education, Howard co-founded AAJ’s National College of Advocacy, and has taught advocacy-related courses in law schools for 35 years. As one of the most sought after educators in the law profession, he is widely published and has lectured to lawyers in all 50 states. Howard also pioneered the use of forensic psychological and neurolinguistic principles to persuade judges and jurors in trial.
As a leader of the trial bar, Howard served as president of The National Trial Lawyers, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, the Belli Society and the Aletheia Institute, and five years on AAJ’s Executive Committee. He was inducted into the Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame and is the recipient of the W. McKinley Smiley, Jr., Lighthouse Award; the Belli Society’s Mel Award; MTMP’s Clarence Darrow Award; STLA’s War Horse Award; AAJ’s Heavy Lifting Award; STLA’s Tommy Malone Great American Eagle Award. In 2017 he was recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Round Table as one of America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers and was the recipient of the Texas Bar Foundation’s Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award. In February 2018 he was chosen by the Executive Committee of the National Trial Lawyers to serve as a State Executive Committee member.
For four decades, he has been listed each year in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in the World. He is also a member of the Litigation Counsel of America, LLC.