Witt & Howard, PLLC
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About Us

Passion. Experience. Diligence.

History

In October of 2012, a common entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to take the practice of law in a new direction led attorneys Michael Witt and Courtney Howard to form Witt & Howard, PLLC. Prior to working together, both Michael and Courtney worked in many different types of legal environments, ranging from large insurance defense firms to small business law firms. Their experience has taught them not only about the law, but about the dynamics of running a law practice in a manner that best serves the most important person: the client.

We believe that client comfort leads to the most important part of the attorney-client relationship: trust. Many of our clients are dealing with a legal problem for the first time in their life. Law offices can be intimidating; to this end, we are happy to meet new clients for coffee and, under certain circumstances, at their home. We also understand that legal fees are a concern to all of us as consumers, irrespective of whether we are purchasing legal services or groceries.

 

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Attorneys

 
 
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Partner

Michael D. Witt

Michael D. Witt, PharmD, JD, is is an experienced early-stage biomedical technology executive. Over the last 25 years, he has addressed many complex issues, ranging from negotiating international corporate transactions and license agreements, to building companies and raising money. He has worked in health care and life science policy development, biomedical ethics, FDA regulations, hospital and health care management, venture capital development, and non-profit corporation administration. He is an experienced organizational manager, particularly in university medical technologies and the life sciences industry. Witt is a frequent advisor to medical technology companies and internationally recognized expert in the field of technology commercialization and entrepreneurship. Dr. Witt was previously a healthcare attorney at Cox, Hodgman & Giarmarco of Troy, Michigan, and Warner & Stackpole, of Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Witt holds a PharmD from University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy and a JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, California and Michigan.

 

Education

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1982

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO MEDICAL CENTER
Clinical Residency

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO
Doctor of Pharmacy

Activities & Affiliations

  • Lecturer of Management and Business Law, University of Michigan—Flint

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts Bar 1982-Present
  • California Bar 1989-Present
  • Michigan Bar 1998-Present
 
 

 
 
 

Partner

Courtney Howard

Courtney Howard is a founding partner of Witt & Howard, PLLC. Prior to co-founding Witt & Howard, PLLC, Mrs. Howard litigated at an insurance defense firm in Denver, Colorado, where she represented insurance companies in a variety of litigation matters. During her time at the insurance defense firm, Mrs. Howard learned the “ins” and “outs” of both sides of litigation. She both provided defense counsel as well as represented her corporate clients in the prosecution of a variety of tort claims. This dynamic experience taught her how to properly value a case and exercise good business judgment on behalf of her clients in order to obtain swift, practical, and reasonable results. 

Currently, Mrs. Howard represents businesses and individuals in state and federal civil litigation matters transcending a number of legal disciplines, including products liability, premises liability, personal injury, adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court, trademark disputes, insurance subrogation, and business disputes through all stages of litigation. In addition to her practical experience, Courtney has a sustained interest in developing and mastering her litigation skills. To this end, she recently earned the professional designation of Advocate by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA). An attorney that attains the Advocate Designation is considered by NITA to have achieved a well-rounded foundation in trial advocacy. 

Courtney has a passion for environmental law and holds an LL.M. from the University of Denver in Natural Resources and Environmental Law with specializations in Sustainable Development and Renewable Energy Law and Policy and Energy Law and Policy. She has leveraged her experience at DU to bring a wide variety of services to her clients. Her services include conducting due diligence for landowners seeking to sell mineral interests and assisting landowner clients in assessing the nature of their mineral interest in the context of a purchase offer. Courtney has also negotiated conservation easements for clients by providing general counseling to clients throughout the course of the easement creation, drafting all contracts, easements and other related documents, conducting a review of due diligence materials and coordinating closings. 

From her representation of small business clients in a litigation setting, Mrs. Howard now provides many of those clients with general counseling services. Her business services range from negotiating business acquisitions, purchase contracts and share assignments to drafting contracts and counseling on sustainable development practices. 

Outside of her practice, Courtney loves to spend time with her family, run marathons, and travel. 

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER STURM COLLEGE OF LAW
Master of Laws, Natural Resources and Energy Law and Policy, May 2013

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, King Scholarship Recipient May 2005

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, December 2001

Activities & Affiliations

  • Member, Nebraska State Bar Association, January 2013-Present
  • Member, Energy Bar Association, November 2009-Present
  • Member, Colorado Renewable Energy Society, September 2009-Present
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association, October 2006-Present
  • Member, Denver Bar Association, October 2006-Present
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association, May 2006-Presen

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, November 2005
  • Illinois, May 2006
  • Colorado, October 2006
  • Nebraska, January 2013
  • US District Court Eastern District of Michigan, November 2005
  • US District Court District of Colorado, April 2009
 
 

 
 
 

ASSOCIATE

Nicholas J. Goldsworthy

Before joining as an associate, Nick previously served as firm administrator and clerk for Witt & Howard where he developed litigation skills working on both state and federal matters. Nick is an independent self-starter with experience in small to medium enterprise development. Before pursuing a career in law, Nick helped grow a small bioenergy company, where his focus was concentrated on contracts and project management, both in the drafting and negotiation phase. 

With a focus on corporate law, Nick’s law school coursework revolved around the study of contracts, business enterprises, secured transactions, sales and leases, federal and state taxation, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, and corporate governance and compliance.

Nick’s practice is focused on providing legal support to economic and business development activities to Michigan business owners located in  the counties of Genesee, Livingston, and Oakland. Nick is dedicated to business law legal issues and the preparation, review and negotiation of legal documents related to the organization of corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), partnerships and other business enterprises, the financing of business enterprises through loans, stock and equity purchases and specialized financing techniques, the purchase and sale of businesses and a wide range of transactions that are encountered in the daily operation, growth and change of business enterprises.

 

Education

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW
Juris Doctor, May 2016

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance and Operations Management, May 2012

Activities & Affiliations

  • Genesee County Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, Member

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, November 2016
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan, December 2016