Ben Howard was born in Brainerd, Minn. He attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., where he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology. Howard received his master’s in human relations from the University of Oklahoma. He attended University of Iowa College of Law, where he was president of the Hammond Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, an honorary legal fraternity.
Howard worked as a law clerk at Neil Dymott before he joined as an associate in 2005. In 2008, he was awarded the "Distinguished Young Attorney Award" by the San Diego Defense Lawyers Association for his professionalism and dedication to excellence. Howard was also recognized by The Daily Transcript as one of 2007’s “Young Attorneys.” In 2009, he was elected to serve on the San Diego Defense Lawyer's Board of Directors, and was elected as the organization's treasurer for 2010. Howard’s practice areas include general and professional liability matters, personal injury and the defense of medical malpractice claims.
In addition to his legal career, Howard served in the U.S. Army for five years as an infantry officer. Following graduation from the U.S. Military Academy, Howard served as company executive officer at the Presidio in Monterey, Calif. From 1998 to 2001, he served as a rifle platoon leader and the battalion adjutant in Hohenfels, Germany. Howard is a recipient of the Airborne and Air Assault Badges, as well as the Ranger Tab.
He is married to his wife of 11 years, Jeanne, and has three children with her. He volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America as a Scoutmaster, and attends at least 75 percent of the weekly meetings and monthly campouts. He enjoys reading, history and backpacking, completing the John Muir Trail (from Yosemite National Park to Mount Whitney) in 2005 and Yosemite's North Rim in 2010.