Howard Pearl is a litigation partner in the Chicago office of Winston & Strawn. He concentrates his practice on complex litigation, with a particular focus on white-collar criminal matters and corporate internal investigations.
Mr. Pearl represents several large companies, including Caremark Rx, in a variety of commercial litigation. He served as general counsel to the referees of the National Basketball Association from April 1997 to February 2004. In this capacity, he represented the referees in a variety of matters, including their collective bargaining negotiations with the NBA and contract arbitrations.
Mr. Pearl has been appointed by several governmental entities to represent them in a variety of commercial and civil disputes. He was appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin to represent the state in a lawsuit brought in Illinois on behalf of a victim of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. He was appointed to represent the Pontiac Silverdome in its lease dispute with the National Football League Detroit Lions. Mr. Pearl also was appointed by a U.S. District Court judge to conduct an independent investigation of a union pension fund trustee. In addition, he has been appointed by the Board of Directors of the Chicago Transit Authority on various occasions to conduct internal investigations, including the public investigation of its former president.
Mr. Pearl also represents individuals in criminal investigations. He represented former Congressman Dan Rostenkowski in his criminal case.
In addition, Mr. Pearl has represented television news media, radio, and sports personalities in libel cases, including local anchorperson Joan Esposito in her successful lawsuit against CBS.
He formerly served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Receiving and Appellate Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Pearl also served as Associate Independent Counsel in the trial of former National Security Advisor John Poindexter.
Mr. Pearl received an A.B., magna cum laude, from Brown University in 1976 and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1980.
Mr. Pearl has frequently given presentations at conferences and seminars which qualify for Continuing Legal Education credits, including the American Bar Association’s National Institute of White Collar Crime and the ABA’s National Institute on Health Care Fraud and Abuse. He also has served as a legal affairs commentator for CBS, MSNBC, CNN, Court TV, and Fox TV.
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