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Howard M. Privette

Howard M. Privette


Orange County, CA
Phone: 949.567.3507    Fax: 949.863.0151

Howard M. Privette is a partner in the Trial and Dispute Resolution Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Orange County office. An experienced trial lawyer, Mr. Privette develops innovative strategies for resolving the most challenging cases, with a particular focus on securities and class action litigation. His clients turn to him for sophisticated representation in high-stakes and bet-the-company cases, or when they need assistance with sensitive internal investigations and government enforcement actions.

Mr. Privette has more than 25 years of trial experience and has represented national and international clients in a wide range of complex business disputes in courts throughout the United States. His cases have involved disputes over business ownership issues, director and officer (D&O) liability, corporate governance, trade secrets, privacy and cybersecurity, False Claims Act and whistleblower issues, alleged corrupt practices (FCPA), price-fixing and market power, and alleged violations of regulations affecting the financial, technology and life sciences industries.

Mr. Privette is also a noted thought leader in the areas of shareholder and fiduciary duty litigation, and he has successfully defended dozens of class actions involving claims by consumers and shareholders.

Before joining Pepper, Mr. Privette was a partner at Greenberg Gross LLP, where he served as chair of the firm’s class action practice and managing partner of the Los Angeles office. He previously was a litigation partner at Paul Hastings LLP and at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP.


  • J.D., with distinction, Stanford Law School, 1988, Order of the Coif; note editor, Stanford Law Review; R. Hunter Summers Trial Practice Award
  • M.A., Economics, Yale University, 1985
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Yale University, 1985

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

Practice Areas

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