Mr. Protter is of counsel and leads the firm’s Guardianship practice areas, in addition to practicing municipal law and general litigation law.

Howard has long been recognized for his municipal law knowledge and experience. He was Attorney for the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson from 1982 to 2008 and has been Tuxedo Town Counsel since 1996.  He is the village attorney for Kiryas Joel and the town attorney for Palm Tree.  His primary practice has been devoted to municipal law and litigation, representing local governments and municipal officials in Orange, Ulster, Sullivan, and Putnam counties since 1983 in various types of municipal litigation, labor relations, disciplinary proceedings, land use, and environmental matters. His legal and practical advice is regularly sought by governmental officials and municipal attorneys throughout the Hudson Valley.

Mr. Protter’s business, international, and intellectual law practice has involved a wide variety of commercial enterprises and business transactions, including importing goods and licensing in the US, Netherlands, Italy, England, and France. He assists private individuals and closely held businesses with many types of real estate and commercial transactions, including negotiation, sale, purchase, and leasing. Among his many gifts as an attorney is his ability to build lasting relationships with his clients and to help them navigate the myriad of issues that every business owner faces.

Mr. Protter is a seasoned negotiator, having represented management in labor negotiations for many years. He brings those same skills to his commercial clients’ benefit in dispute resolution and deal-making

Howard has a significant guardianship practice and is designated by the presiding judge of the Appellate Division as a court Examiner under New York’s Mental Hygiene Law to review the reports required to be filed by guardians in the Second and Third Judicial Departments and thereby assist guardians in the performance of their responsibilities.

He has frequently been designated as a court-appointed receiver and has handled some of the larger receiverships in the Valley.

Howard has been actively involved in land preservation in the Hudson  Valley throughout his legal career, working with property owners and land trusts to preserve farmland and significant habitat in communities throughout the valley.

Howard stepped down in September 2012 as the law firm’s managing partner, a position he held since January 200O. Under Howard’s leadership and entrepreneurial acumen, the firm experienced considerable growth and name  recognition throughout the Hudson Valley, becoming one of the largest general practice law firms between Westchester County and Albany.

Howard Protter serves as Vice Chair of the Committee on Mass Disaster Response for the New York State Bar Association.


  • New York, 1981
  • S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1982
  • S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1982
  • S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1982
  • S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1994
  • S. Court of International Trade, 1997
  • S. Supreme Court, 2004


  • New York Law School, New York, New York
    • D. – 1980
  • State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, New York
    • A. – 1976


  • New York State Bar Association Committee on Mass Disaster Response, Vice President, June 1, 2020
  • New York State Bar Association House of Delegates, Past Member, Delegate
  • New York State Bar Association, Municipal Law Section, Immediate Past Chairman, Executive Committee
  • Orange County Bar Association, Past Chairman, Municipal Law Committee
  • Orange County Bar Association, Ethics Committee
  • AWWA Research Foundation, Member
  • American Bar Association Local Government Law Ethics Committee, Member (past)
  • American Water Works Association, Member (past)


  • The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, General Counsel (Past President, Past Vice President)
  • The Claire J. Hoyt Memorial Foundation, Director
  • The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, Advisory Board Member
  • The Orange County Citizens Foundation, Trustee, 2009 – 2014
  • The Orange County Land Trust, Vice President, 2012 – 2014
  • The Orange County Land Trust, Board Member, 2008 – 2014
  • Builders Association of The Hudson Valley, Education Committee Member (past)
  • Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation (past)