William H. Howard  III - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

William H. Howard III

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

William H. "Bill" Howard III, shareholder in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge offices, concentrates his practice in tort and commercial litigation. Mr. Howard has extensive experience in a wide variety of subject matters including property disputes, contract drafting and tort claims.

Mr. Howard served in the United States Air Force from 1973 to 1977, and from 1975 to 1977 as an officer in the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard in Washington, D.C.

Mississippi State UniversityBA 1973University of Mississippi School of LawJ.D. 1980Central Michigan UniversityMA 1976
Mississippi and Louisiana Associations of Defense Counsel National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (Southwest Region Vice President, 2012 – 2013) Defense Research Institute International Association of Defense Counsel American, Federal, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Orleans Bar Associations Combined Western and Southwestern Regions, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel

Case History

Recent Representative Matters
  • National counsel to Class 1 railroad on hearing loss claims and on compliance with OSHA and FRA regulation of noise in the workplace.
  • Wrongful death arising out of vehicle-train accident in St. Charles Parish. Plaintiff alleged the crossing was a dangerous trap, the crew failed to properly sound horn, the train was traveling at excessive speed among other things. Directed verdict for the railroad.
  • Numerous negotiations and trials of cases involving property rights disputes between a Class 1 railroad and owners of land abutting railroad right of way.
  • Young switchman with small children was coupled up and crushed between two rail cars due to an unexpected reverse movement. He remained conscious during the lengthy extrication ordeal, dying days later of massive internal injuries. The client offered his wife $1.2 million direct to settle the case within days of the accident. The spouse turned down the offer, hired a well known plaintiff's FELA firm who made a $5 million demand, and three years of expert intense (train dynamics, physics, train handling) discovery ensued. Having developed a theory that would place significant fault on the decedent, the spouse, on the eve of trial, opted to take the offer that the railroad had made prior to the filing of the lawsuit.

Client Comments

"Bill Howard has never let me down, works quickly and efficiently, and I would recommend him and the firm to everybody."

-Mike Johnson
Senior Trial Counsel
Union Pacific Company

Office Location

201 Saint Charles Avenue, Suite 3600
New Orleans, LA 70170
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2011 Lawyer of the Year in Railroad Law of the New Orleans Metro Area
William H. Howard III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants (Class Actions, Personal Injury, Toxic Tort)
Railroad Law (Appellate, Defendants, Litigation, Product Liability)