Dana M. Howard

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Dana Howard's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and business disputes, as well as white collar defense matters. Dana has represented clients in all facets of litigation in state and federal courts. 

Dana represents private companies and business owners in contract, shareholder, intellectual property, entertainment, and employment disputes. She has considerable experience representing public entities in litigation related to land use, construction, wireless telecommunications, tort, and civil rights disputes. Prior to joining Larson LLP, she was an associate at Best, Best & Krieger LLP.  

Dana received her law degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. During law school, she was a topic editor on the Hale Moot Court Honors Program Executive Board. As a member of the Hale Moot Court National Team, Dana won semi-finalist honors at the National First Amendment Moot Court Competition. She also served as vice president of the Women's Law Association and received the Charles H. Whitebread Public Interest Memorial Grant for her work with Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc.

Dana is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.

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