Howard Chang is an associate at the firm's New York office and a member of the Corporate and Asset Finance practice group. His practice focuses on aerospace finance and space law, engaging in transactional, regulatory, and policy work for aerospace and space industries. In addition, he works on white-collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, congressional investigations, religious liberty litigation, appellate litigation, and national security matters.
Howard maintains an active pro bono practice, including first-chairing a civil bench trial on behalf of several landowners against the United States Government. Additionally, he has drafted amicus briefs at the certiorari and merits stages before the United States Supreme Court.
Prior to joining the firm, Howard served as a law clerk for the Honorable Peter J. Phipps at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and for the Honorable Reed C. O’Connor at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
During law school, Howard worked at the Office of the Texas Solicitor General, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Department of Justice's Tax Division in its Criminal Enforcement and Appellate sections. He also worked at Secure World Foundation, where he researched issues on the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, the Principles Declaration of 1963, and various international and domestic agreements governing space-related activities. From his research, he was selected to present at the 2019 International Astronautical Congress as the lone United States representative in the International Institute of Space Law’s (IISL) Young Scholars session.
- Thirty Under 30 Honoree, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
- Space Law Seminar, Guest Lecturer, University of Connecticut School of Law (June 2023)
- “Where No Man Has Gone Before: An Introduction to Space Law,” Dallas Bar Association (May 2023)
- “Space Law & Policy: Inside Perspectives and Career Opportunities,” Georgetown University Space Initiative (Nov. 2022)
- Interview with Comet Academy, Comet Academy (Nov. 2022)
- “Apollo 8 and the Intersection of Space Law and Religious Liberty,” The Pittsburgh Project (April 2022)
- Federal Clerkship Panel, Panelist, Georgetown Federalist Society (September 2020)
- “A Treaty of Many Minds: An In-Depth Look at the Travaux Préparatoires of the Principles Declaration of 1963,” International Astronautical Congress (October 2019)
- “All of the Space Law in 'The Martian' is Wrong,” Georgetown University Law Center (April 2019)
- Debate on the Outer Space Treaties, George Washington University (February 2019)
- “Human Papillomavirus, the Gender Indiscriminate Killer,” O'Neill Global Health Institute (November 2018)
- “Apollo 8: The Mission that Changed the World,” Alliance Defending Freedom (November 2018)
Howard is as an assistant coach for Georgetown University's rugby team. The team competes in National Collegiate Rugby’s Mid-Atlantic Rugby Conference. During his tenure, the team has won two regional championships, six tournament championships, and two conference championships—leading to two national appearances.
- “Assemblies & Institutions: RLUIPA’s Overlooked Requirement,” Napa Legal (Feb. 2023)
- “Third Circuit Holds that the Shareholder Standing Rule is Prudential and Non-Jurisdictional,” On Appeal (Nov. 2022)
- “A Treaty of Many Minds: An In-Depth Look at the Travaux Préparatoires of the Principles Declaration of 1963,” Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law (2019 ed.)
- “50 Years Ago, Apollo 8 Soared To A Christmas Miracle For A Weary World,” The Federalist (Dec. 2018)