Before being named the United States Ambassador of Belgium, Howard Gutman was a partner with Williams & Connolly LLP, a law firm in Washington D.C. In his over twenty-six years with the firm, Howard handled a wide range of litigation, investigation, and counseling affairs. In December 2004, 2007, he was recognized as one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers” by Washingtonian magazine and selected to numerous “Superlawyers” and similar attorney award lists. Howard Gutman’s areas of practice centered on the complete range of complicated commercial litigation, including securities, contracts, antitrust, labor, banking, real estate, intellectual property, insurance coverage, international law and partnership disputes; the representation of some of the nation’s leading law firms and accounting firms in malpractice actions and partnership disputes; the representation of corporations, labor unions, and individuals in a variety of high-profile white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions; and many types of tort actions.
Howard Gutman, Lawyer
A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School in 1980, Howard Gutman began his career as a law clerk for Judge Irving Loeb Goldberg on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 1980-1981. Following this first clerkship, he worked briefly at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, but left to clerk for Justice Potter Stewart (Rtd)on the United States Supreme Court. Howard took time off from his practice at Williams & Connolly during 1985-1986 to serve as Special Assistant to then F.B.I. Director, the Honorable William H.Webster. As Director Webster’s Special Assistant at the F.B.I., Howard Gutman focused on counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence and served as the Director’s representative on the F.B.I Career Board. He returned to Williams & Connolly LLC in 1986 where he remained in practice until leaving to serve as United States Ambassador to Belgium in 2009.
Presently, Howard Gutman is the Managing Director of The Gutman Group, a diversified global consulting, investment, and transactional practice.On May 8th, 2017, Howard Gutman was awarded Belgium’s highest medal, the Order of the Crown, by Deputy Prime Minister Kris Peeters.