Morris Manning & Martin, LLP

Howard Hirsch

Howard S. Hirsch

Of Counsel
Phone: 404.495.3684
Fax: 404.365.9532

Howard Hirsch represents private and public companies in high growth industries. He focuses primarily on the areas of corporate finance, SEC regulatory matters, FINRA registration and compliance, blue sky law compliance, and general corporate representation. Howard has particular depth in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and other alternative investments structures. He has extensive experience counseling executive teams and public company boards of directors and their committees on various corporate and securities matters including corporate governance best practices and compliance. He also regularly advises companies on public and private securities offerings and structures.

Before joining MMM, Howard served as the General Counsel at Griffin Capital Company, LLC, a well-established alternative investment asset management firm headquartered in Los Angeles. In that role, he oversaw nearly a dozen public offerings and transactions totaling more than $13B in assets, was a member of Griffin’s executive management team, and had detailed involvement with Griffin’s operational matters and investor relations matters.  Howard also served as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary to the board of directors of Griffin Realty Trust, Inc., a publicly registered REIT.   

In addition to over 20 years of experience in various corporate and securities law matters, Howard handled complex litigation and insurance related matters for several years at the beginning of his career.

Howard regularly presents and participates in keynotes, presentations, and panel discussions on a variety of public company related topics at national and local conferences.

Recent Speaking Engagements & Presentations

  • Legislative and SEC, FINRA and Blue Sky Regulatory Update — Washington, DC (May 2022)
  • Overview of Alternative Investments – Cumming, GA (February 2022)
  • The Public vs. Private Offering Dilemma – Las Vegas, NV (October 2021)
  • Legislative and Regulatory Update – Chicago, IL (September 2021)
  • ESG & Sustainability:  Why the Non-Listed Alternatives Industry Needs to Pay Attention – New York, NY (June 2019)
  • Qualified Opportunity Zone Offerings:  What Is All The Fuss About? – Dana Point, CA (December 2018)
  • Regulatory Update & Working Towards a Productive Relationship with Regulators – New York, NY (June 2018)
  • The Latest on the Evolution of Fee Structures & Share Classes in Alts & Illiquid Products: Cross-Industry Perspectives – Dana Point, CA (December 2017)
  • Four and More?’ Standardization? – Fee Structures & Share Classes:  Cross-Industry Perspectives – New York, NY (June 2017)
  • How Can Product Sponsors & Independent Broker/Dealers Work Together to Overcome Challenges in the New Environment? – Dana Point, CA (December 2016)
  • Best in Class? Comparing & Contrasting New Product Structures that Meet New Regulatory Requirements –Dana Point, CA (December 2015)
  • Best Practices for Managing In-House Lawyers and Outside Counsel – New York, NY (September 2015)
  • Top Things In-House Counsel Wish Their Outside Counsel Knew – New York, NY (September 2014)
  • Preparing for a Due Diligence Audit:  Best Practices & Practical Solutions for Small-Mid-Sized Broker/Dealers – New York, NY (June 2013)
  • Best Practices in Non-Traded REIT Corporate Governance – Dana Point, CA (December 2012)
  • An Introduction to Non-Traded REITs and their Pros and Cons as a Retail Investment Product in Today’s Market – New York, NY (June 2012)