Cathy E. Howard

General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer Cincinnati
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Cathy serves as the firm’s General Counsel. Cathy has spent most of her career at Taft. She practiced civil litigation at the firm for the first eight years of her career, handling all aspects of business litigation in state and federal courts, including trials and appeals. Cathy then served as a Senior Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Cincinnati before returning to Taft to serve in several senior leadership positions, including as the Practice Group Director of the Litigation Practice Group.  In that role, Cathy oversaw the administrative needs of the firm’s litigation attorneys, including developing and executing a strategic plan and other critical practice group initiatives. Cathy also served as Taft’s Director of Professional Development, creating and implementing the firm’s robust training programs for summer associates and associates, and overseeing the practice development resources for all attorneys. Cathy’s role as General Counsel involves handling all of the firm’s legal needs, including overseeing the local general counsel function in each of Taft’s principal offices.


Additional Information


  • Salmon P. Chase College of Law - Northern Kentucky University (2003)
  • University of Louisville (2000)


  • State - Ohio
  • State - Kentucky (inactive status)

Speeches and Publications

  • Regional Youth Leadership Law Day, Careers in Law Panelist, 2010-2011

Professional Affiliations

  • Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL)

    Fellow, 2009

Community Involvement

  • Campbell County Library

    President, Board of Trustees, 2014-present

    Member, Board of Trustees, 2012-2014

  • Highlands High School

    Coach, Mock Trial Team, 2006-2011

  • Women Executive Peer Exchange Network

    (SOAR) Program Graduate