Howard S. Steel

Goodwin Procter LLP

New York, NY


Howard Steel is a partner in Goodwin’s Financial Restructuring practice.

Mr. Steel represents creditors’ committees, bondholders, lenders, indenture trustees, landlords, and individual secured and unsecured creditors in all aspects of corporate restructuring. He has extensive experience in Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) proceedings, mass tort cases and distressed debt trading, and has advised clients in a variety of industries, including automotive, coal, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, financial services, gaming, real estate and retail.


Mr. Steel is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Federal Bar Council, and the Turnaround Management Association. Mr. Steel has also dedicated significant time to pro bono matters, including representations relating to the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, New York Bankruptcy Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services, Kids in Need of Defense – KIND, and representing the American Association for Justice and the New Jersey Association for Justice in submitting an Amici Curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in connection with the Third Circuit’s decision in Diacetyl Plaintiffs v. Aaroma Holdings (In re Emoral), LLC, 740 F.3d 845 (3d Cir. 2014).


Prior to joining Goodwin in 2019, Mr. Steel was a partner at Brown Rudnick LLP. Mr. Steel began his legal career at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.


Recognized as a leading restructuring lawyer, Mr. Steel has received several significant honors, including the following selections:

· The Legal 500 United States: “Recommended Lawyer - Restructuring (including Bankruptcy) Corporate” (2020)

· Benchmark Litigation: “Under 40 Hot List” (2016-2019)

· Global Restructuring Review: “40 Under 40” (2016)

· Super Lawyers: “Rising Star” (2014-2019)


· J.D., Columbia University, 2004

· B.A., Duke University, 2001


New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

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