Howard J. Rosenburg


Howard maintains a national practice, handling business, investment and securities litigation and controversies.  Howard represents clients in private litigation and internal investigations, as well as investigations and disciplinary proceedings initiated by governmental regulatory agencies, as well as self-regulatory organizations.  His clients have ranged from individuals to multinational investment banks.

Howard's background includes governmental, in-house and large law firm experience.  Before joining the firm, he was General Counsel for a securities broker-dealer and investment adviser.  Howard was responsible for all legal matters confronting the company that had more than a quarter billion dollars under management and locations in eight states. 

Prior to that, Howard was a litigator with DLA Piper US LLP.  At DLA, he handled both private litigation and government controversies. Howard began his legal career with the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, handling cases involving insider trading, market manipulation, BD/IA misconduct, offering fraud, Ponzi schemes and prime bank schemes.  Among the public matters with which he was involved:

  • Securities and Exchange Commission v. Greer and Wernick, 97 CV 7267 (SDNY 1997) (securities price manipulation)

  • In the Matter of Freeman, Lashbrook & Sewell, Adm. Proc 3-9869 (August 13, 1999) (action based on criminal conviction for fraudulent securities offering).

  • In the Matter of M'Bodj, Adm. Proc. 3-3383 (August 24, 1999) (action based on criminal conviction for misappropriation of funds)

  • Securities and Exchange Commission v. Gibbons, 00-CV-2247 (NDIL 2000) (misappropriation of investor funds)

  • In the Matter of American Classic Voyages Co., Adm. Proc. 3-10523 (June 25, 2001) (corporate accounting improprieties)

Active in the legal community, Howard served as Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Securities Law Committee. He has also served as Co-Chair of the Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni (Midwest), and as a board member of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers.

He has presented before businesses and trade associations and has written and co-written articles published in NSCP CurrentsInvestment News, and The Counselor.

Howard earned a B.S. with high honors from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a J.D. with honors from the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.  He is licensed to practice in Illinois and Florida, and has been recognized repeatedly by Illinois Super Lawyers.


Current and Past Community Involvement

Association of Securities Exchange Commission Alumni – Co-Chair, Midwest Division

Chicago Bar Association – Securities Law Committee – Chair

Alliance of Latinos and Jews – Treasurer

Lake View Citizen's Council – Board Member

Decalogue Society of Lawyers – Board of Managers

Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening – Judicial Candidate Evaluator

Governmental Experience

United States Securities Exchange Commission – Attorney, Division of Enforcement

Judicial Extern, United States Magistrate Judge Edward A. Bobrick

Village of Skokie, Public Safety Commission

Village of Skokie, Consumer Affairs Commission

Cook County State's Attorney – Hate Crimes Prosecutions Counsel


Chicago-Kent College of Law, JD (Honors)

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, BS (High Honors)