Dana M. Howard

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A resolute litigator at both the trial and appellate levels, Dana Howard represents private companies and business owners in complex commercial cases and white collar criminal matters. Keeping the prospect of trial at the forefront of her strategy, Dana draws from her wide-ranging experience and tactical creativity to develop each client’s matter into a comprehensive and effective narrative—often prevailing decisively in pretrial motion practice. 

Dana’s diverse experience includes high-stakes contract, intellectual property, entertainment, fraud, and employment disputes in federal and state courts. She has also represented clients in pre-indictment investigations and trials involving allegations of procurement fraud and the False Claims Act. A skilled appellate advocate, Dana has been involved in more than a dozen appeals. She proactively anticipates and addresses potential appellate issues, positioning her clients for success.

Prior to joining Larson LLP, Dana was an associate at Best, Best & Krieger LLP, where she gained considerable experience representing public entities in litigation related to land use, construction, wireless telecommunications, tort, civil rights, and elections. Dana frequently calls upon her expansive knowledge of the unique issues involved in such matters when she represents private clients in disputes with public agencies.


Higher education honors include:

  • Hale Moot Court Honors Program
  • Hale Moot Court Honors Program Executive Board, Topic Editor
  • Hale Moot Court National Team, Semi-Finalist Honors at National First Amendment Moot Court Competition
  • Charles H. Whitebread Public Interest Memorial Grant
Firm News

Larson LLP signs CA Equal Pay Pledge

The firm joins California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls in their campaign, Equal Pay CA, to close the state's pay gap.

Benchmark Litigation

Larson LLP shortlisted for "Firm of the Year"

Larson LLP is one of seven Los Angeles firms recognized as finalists for Benchmark Litigation’s 2021 "Firm of the Year" award.

The New York Times

Allegations against dairy farms raise questions

In an article examining the growing anti-dairy movement and the industry's response, partner Stephen G. Larson is quoted about his representation of Dick Van Dam Dairy in the "animal rights" case which was dismissed in December 2020.

Firm News

Larson LLP announces year-end elevations

Larson LLP is pleased to announce the elevations of Dana M. Howard and Alex Lowder to partner and Jen C. Won and Emilie J. Zuccolotto to counsel.

The Press-Enterprise

Lawsuit against San Jacinto dairy is dismissed

On Dec. 10, 2020, a lawsuit claiming San Jacinto-based Dick Van Dam Dairy abused its cows was dismissed without leave to amend by a federal judge.

Larson LLP Press Release

Court dismisses case against Dick Van Dam Dairy

A lawsuit alleging animal mistreatment filed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund against Larson LLP's client, Southern California family-owned Dick Van Dam Dairy, was thrown out by the California Superior Court for the County of Riverside on Dec. 10, 2020.

Los Angeles Business Journal

Larson LLP named among L.A.’s most admired firms

Larson LLP is recognized as one of the “Most Admired Law Firms: L.A.’s Top Firms to Work For” of 2020 for consciously working toward creating a diverse, positive, and supportive environment to help drive the firm’s success.

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Larson O'Brien sponsors IMLA's Annual Conference

Larson O'Brien is a proud sponsor of IMLA's 85th Annual Conference for lawyers working for and with municipalities.

Larson O'Brien joins Law Firm Antiracism Alliance

The national coalition of law firms aims to create large-scale, coordinated pro bono projects that address systemic racism.

Court of Appeal affirms order in favor of client

On June 2, 2020, the California Court of Appeal affirmed the Orange County Superior Court’s order denying attorneys’ fees sought against Larson O'Brien client O Properties, Inc. in a San Juan Capistrano real estate dispute.

Firm joins L.A. Represents pro bono initiative

Mayor Eric Garcetti's pro bono initiative is composed of top Los Angeles law firms providing free legal services to residents facing hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Larson O'Brien promotes three attorneys for 2019

Larson O'Brien is pleased to announce that R.C. Harlan has been promoted to partner and Steven Haskins and Dana Howard have been promoted to counsel.


    University of Southern California Gould School of Law, J.D.

    University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.


    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    U.S.D.C. Central District of California
    U.S.D.C. Northern District of California