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Your Outside In-house Legal Counsel Since 1985

As The Law Firm for Associations® and The Law Firm for Meeting Professionals®, Howe & Hutton, Ltd. focuses exclusively on trade and professional associations, other nonprofits and hospitality industry clients that organize meetings, events, trade shows and conventions. When we were established in 1985, we intended to provide the best possible legal services for a specialized client base. We had the goal of addressing nonprofits’ legal concerns with experience, urgency, creativity and practicality. We have surpassed even our own expectations.

Nonprofit organizations use legal services differently than for-profit corporations. When Jonathan T. Howe and Terrence Hutton established Howe & Hutton, Ltd., they knew nonprofits required legal counsel that was familiar with nonprofit law as well as other areas of law impacting nonprofit organizations. Since our firm’s beginning, we have assembled a dedicated group of lawyers and support personnel knowledgeable in this complex and unique area of law.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following: 

  • Trade Associations, Professional Societies and Other Nonprofit Organizations
  • Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, Conventions & Hospitality
  • Intellectual Property
  • Employment / Human Resources
  • Litigation / Risk Management
  • Administrative Law Matters
  • Exempt Organizations Tax Matters
  • Antitrust
  • Governance Issues

Call 312-263-3001 today to arrange your initial consultation. 

­­­Attorney Naomi R. Angel

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1991

Education: 

  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • 1987
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. - 1970
    • Major: French, Education, English

­­­Attorney Nathan J. Breen

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

Education: 

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • Juris Doctor - 1999
  • DePaul University, Chicago
    • B.A. - 1996
    • Honors: Honors Program
    • Honors: Dean's Honors Scholarship
    • Major: Psychology

­­­Attorney C. Michael Deese

Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio, 1976
  • District of Columbia, 1978
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1988
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1988
  • Virginia, 2018

Education: 

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • J.D.
  • Davidson College, Davidson, NC
    • A.B.
    • Major: Political Science
  • University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Philadelphia
    • M.A.
    • Major: International Relations

­­­Attorney Samuel J.Erkonen

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1997
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1999
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2000
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 2009

Education: 

  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. – 1989
    • Honors: Magister (President) of Phi Delta Phi Fraternity
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
    • LL.M. – 1996
    • Major: Taxation
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
    • B.B.A. – 1986
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Major: Finance

­­­Attorney James F. Gossett

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1976
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981

Education: 

  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1976
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
    • B.S. - 1973
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Dean's List, 1970-1973
    • Major: Journalism

­­­Attorney Jonathan T. Howe

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education: 

  • Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Order of the Coif, Member
  • Northwestern University, College of Arts & Sciences, Evanston, Illinois
    • B.A.
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Diplomatic History / Political Science

­­­Attorney Christina M. Pannos

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 2004

Education: 

  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D.
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
    • B.A. - 2001
    • Major: Anthropology

­­­Attorney John M. Peterson

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1974
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1998

Education: 

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1974
    • Honors: With Honors
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
    • B.S. - 1969
    • Major: Journalism

­­­Attorney Leland J. Badger

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1973
  • District of Columbia, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1973
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1977

Education: 

  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1973

­­­Attorney Gerard P. Panaro

Bar Admissions:

  • District of Columbia, 1977
  • Maryland, 1978
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1978
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 1978

Education: 

  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1977
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
    • PhD (BC) - 1974
    • Honors: With Highest Distinction
  • University of Scranton, Scranton
    • B.A. - 1971
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Philosophy

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Washington Office
1901 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 1007
Washington, DC 20006
Chicago Office
125 S Wacker Drive
Suite 2310
Chicago, IL 60606

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