Howard S. Jacobowitz
Howard Jacobowitz joined the law firm of VLMMR in 2014. He had spent the bulk of his career at McDonough Marcus Cohn & Tretter, where he started as an associate and later became a contract partner, then an equity partner. At McDonough he started doing commercial construction litigation and then branched out to transactional real estate, real estate litigation and more recently lawyers’ and engineers’ professional liability. Howard left McDonough for a brief sojourn at NAB Construction Co., where as general counsel was able to apply the principles of construction law to the day-to-day operations of a large public contracting company.
Howard graduated from Duke University Law School in 1978. At Duke Law he grappled with the thorny legal issues of the day: the rule against perpetuities, the rule in Shelley’s case and the constitutional infirmity of Durham’s vagrancy statute.
Howard was admitted to practice in New York State in 1979. He was later admitted to the federal courts in the southern and eastern districts of New York.
His first job was as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York. He worked in Family Court and then in construction litigation, where he tried the landmark case of Kalisch Jarcho v. City, which dealt with the enforceability of the City’s standard “no damage for delay” clause.
Howard was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens and later on Long Island. At John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore he excelled academically and played third doubles on the tennis team. Howard attended undergraduate school at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., where he majored in English and American History. He graduated from Hamilton in 1975 summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Howard is a frequent lecturer for Lorman and the New York State Bar Association on various topics in construction and design law and has authored several articles recently in the New York Law Journal on lawyers’ professional liability and New York Practice.