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JD Howard

JD Howard

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JD Howard is an Associate in the firm’s Construction and Environmental Practice Group. JD focuses his practice on the national representation of project owners, developers, investors, equity partners, and lenders in the drafting, negotiation, and review of design, engineering, consulting, and construction agreements. He routinely drafts and negotiates complex, multimillion-dollar contracts associated with the design, construction, development, and renovation of major commercial ventures, multi-family housing developments (condominiums, apartments, and townhomes), industrial properties (warehouses and light manufacturing facilities), as well as healthcare, hospitality, and mixed-use projects. JD regularly advises clients on issues that arise from the pre-construction project development and planning phase (including necessary insurance coverages for construction projects) through the completion of the construction of their projects, including evaluating and responding to claims that arise during the construction process. JD assists clients with the drafting and negotiation of contracts for the development and renovation of recreational projects like golf courses and pickleball facilities. JD also frequently assists clients with the redevelopment of environmentally-impacted properties.

JD attended law school at the University of Georgia on the Hughes-Green family scholarship. While in law school, he served as Class President for the Class of 2016 and was the Senior Managing Editor of the Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law. JD also worked as a teaching assistant for Dean Lori Ringhand and a research assistant for Professor Kent Barnett.

JD received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Tusculum College in Business Administration with Management Accounting and Economics & International Business Concentrations. He won the Warren Lynn Drain Award for the top business graduate and the President’s Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to Tusculum College’s academic excellence, athletic achievement, leadership, and exemplary demonstration of personal character. JD was a pitcher for Tusculum’s baseball team, helping the team take home two conference championships and make two NCAA tournament appearances.

Representative Experience

  • Represented major Atlanta-based hospital in drafting and negotiating design, engineering, consulting and construction contracts for more than $1 billion in improvements to existing hospital campuses in Atlanta, Athens, and Henry County, Georgia.
  • Represented major Atlanta-based non-profit children’s hospital in drafting and negotiating the design, engineering and construction contracts for the $2 billion expansion of existing hospital campuses in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Represented developer with the drafting, negotiation, and execution of design, engineering, and construction contracts for the construction of over $500 million of mixed-use, multifamily development projects in the Nashville, Tennessee, and Savannah, Georgia markets.
  • Represents developer of hospitality properties in the design and construction of new hotel properties from California to Georgia.
  • Represents developer of high-end mixed-use projects that include boutique hotel, specialty retail, and luxury multifamily components in cities like Asheville, North Carolina, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Represents developer of large industrial park, including several warehousing spaces and associated light-industrial manufacturing facilities in Savannah, Georgia.
  • Represents developers of build-to-rent single family residential communities in the drafting and negotiation of contracts with designers and homebuilders.
  • Represents several private equity firms in reviewing, revising, and negotiating design, engineering, and construction contracts, as well as ongoing maintenance contracts, for properties within the firms’ real estate portfolio.


  • Selected, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Construction and Environmental Law, 2024


  • Member, State Bar of Georgia, Construction and Environmental Law Sections
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association, Construction Law and Environmental Law Section
  • Past Treasurer, Atlanta Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • American Bar Association, SEER Leadership Development Program – Class of 2020
  • Member, Council for Quality Growth, Emerging Leaders Initiative, 2022 – 2023 

MMMPact in the Community

  • MMMPact Pro Bono Super Star, 2019
  • Attorney Coach, Georgia High School Mock Trial Program

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