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May 24, 2010

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HOWARD R. KING

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Kingwood, Texas 77345

(h) 281.***.****

(o) 713.***.****

(m) 713.***.****

kyp6ks@r.postjobfree.com

TRIAL LAWYER

Savvy, board-certified civil trial lawyer with broad experience in state and federal litigation on both sides of the docket, including a wide variety of commercial disputes, products liability claims, insurance disputes, personal injury claims and maritime claims. Expert at discovering the essence of civil disputes and resolving them effectively and practically using sound judgment based upon astute factual assessment and adept legal analysis. Served as lead counsel in more than 30 trials and arbitrations, consistently resolving disputes quickly and within clients' expectations.

Selected Highlights

Enforced partnership agreement with a global technology services corporation in a 22-day trial, recovering more than 30 times the best settlement offer for client prior to firm's involvement by obtaining vital testimony through cross examination of opponent's own witness and use of opponent's internal documents. [Hill, Finkel & King]

Representing former hospital CFO in complex multi-party directors and officers liability matter involving issues related to receivables accounting issues, asset transfers between parent and affiliates, and corporate governance issues.

[Howard R. King, Attorney at Law]

Saved an oil-field casing failure on the brink of dismissal by developing evidence that tied the Greek manufacturer to Texas, achieving a six-figure award that was upheld on appeal and enforcing judgment with simultaneous litigation in Texas and Greece that restricted distribution and forced settlement. [Funderburk & Funderburk]

Represented an oil field operations consultant in a case involving 20 parties and multiple claims arising from a well blowout, deposing more than 40 witnesses, producing thousands of documents to mitigate liability and ultimately settling for minimal value on the eve of a trial that would have lasted 20 days. [Funderburk & Funderburk]

Recovered a six-figure award for health insurer on a counterclaim against an ancillary provider alleging underpayment of claims, and involving more than 1,000 claims in dispute. [Hill, Finkel & King]

Represented a large health insurer against a hospital claim of negligent misrepresentation related to verification of benefits retroactively terminated by employer after date of admission, defending in federal and state courts on issues including ERISA preemption to achieve directed verdict. [Funderburk & Funderburk]

Changed the summary judgment law in Texas by appealing a summary judgment in a personal injury case to the Texas Supreme Court. [Howard R. King, Attorney At Law]

Areas of Expertise

Civil Litigation

Creative Problem Solving

Scientific/Technical Knowledge

Contract Negotiation

Discovery/Documentation

Insurance/Indemnity Law

Examination of Experts

Arbitration

Settlement Negotiations

Persuasive Writing

Personal Injury Litigation

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Howard R. King, Attorney At Law

Houston, Texas

Self-owned, single-attorney practice focusing on civil litigation.

Sole Practitioner 2007 to Present

Developed clients, assumed complete responsibility for all office operations and maintained an active litigation practice. Tried 2 cases to verdict, 1 arbitration and 1 appeal, successfully resolving more than 40 cases on both sides of the docket.

Representing former hospital CFO in complex multi-party directors and officers liability matter involving issues related to receivables accounting issues, asset transfers between parent and affiliates, and corporate governance issues.

Defending health insurer in variety of disputes with hospitals and other health care providers concerning provider contracts, reimbursement issues, managed care agreements, state prompt payment laws, negligent misrepresentation claims, and ERISA preemption.

Successfully representing manufacturer's representative in the negotiation, drafting and termination of agreements related to distribution of oil field and petrochemical sealing products.

Hill, Finkel & King, LLP

Houston, Texas

Small civil litigation law office with 4 attorneys representing clients on both sides of the docket.

Partner 2000 to 2007

Manage operations, cash flow issues and partner turnover while developing and maintaining active caseload. Handle cases involving commercial disputes, insurance disputes, employment agreements, ERISA claims, medical negligence disputes and products liability cases. Tried 8 cases to verdict, 3 arbitrations and 4 appeals.

Successfully represented manufacturer's representative in contract negotiations and disputes to recover additional commissions of up to 12 months upon breach of contract.

Enforced partnership agreement with a global technology services corporation in a 22-day trial, recovering more than 30 times the best settlement offer for client prior to firm's involvement by obtaining vital testimony through cross examination of opponent's own witness.

Recovered a six-figure award for health insurer on a counterclaim against an ancillary provider who sued for alleged underpayment of hundreds of claims.

Howard R. King, Attorney At Law

Houston, Texas

Self-owned law practice focusing on civil litigation.

Sole Practitioner 1995 to 2000

Developed clients, assumed complete responsibility for all office operations and maintained an active litigation practice. Tried 9 cases to verdict, 1 arbitration and 3 appeals, successfully resolving more than 80 cases on both sides of the docket.

Changed the summary judgment law in Texas by appealing a summary judgment in a personal injury case to the Texas Supreme Court who agreed with my argument concerning the finality of judgments.

Defended health insurer in arbitration with national hospital corporation concerning dispute involving multiple contracts and thousands of claims for services rendered.

Obtained six-figure jury verdict for alien Hispanic worker burned by unsafe, altered cutting torch, forcing employer into a written agreement to change its safety practices.

Funderburk & Funderburk

Houston, Texas

Medium-sized law firm specializing in insurance defense.

Partner 1986 to 1995

Developed and improved client relations, advancing to increasingly complex subjects and substantial dollar exposures. Specialized in personal injury, insurance defense and business litigation. Supervised and trained 7 employees and served on the firm's management committee. Tried 15 cases to verdict, 3 appeals and handled 650 cases to conclusion.

Saved an oil-field casing failure case on the brink of dismissal by developing evidence that tied the Greek manufacturer to Texas, achieving a six-figure award that was upheld on appeal and enforcing judgment with simultaneous litigation in Texas and Greece that restricted distribution and forced settlement.

Represented a large health insurer against a hospital claim of negligent misrepresentation related to verification of benefits retroactively terminated by employer after date of admission, defending in federal and state courts on issues including ERISA preemption to achieve directed verdict.

Represented an oil field operations consultant in a case involving 20 parties and multiple claims arising from a well blowout, deposing more than 40 witnesses, producing thousands of documents to mitigate liability and ultimately settling for minimal value on the eve of a trial that would have lasted 20 days.

Obtained jury verdict for a cardiologist sued by another cardiologist for defamation related to qualifications to perform angioplasty.

Achieved certification by Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law, a distinction held by less than 10% of all civil litigators in Texas.

Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams

Houston, Texas

Nationally recognized law firm focusing on maritime litigation.

Associate 1982 to 1985

Handled litigation involving offshore energy industry and traditional blue water maritime interests related to personal injury, death, products liability, commercial losses, property damage and insurance. Handled more than 200 cases to conclusion.

Developed new practice area, advising offshore and land-based service contractors on the negotiation of indemnity and insurance provisions in their master service contracts.

Represented oil field service contractor in multiple suits filed by workers for death/injuries and additional suits filed by owner/operator for contractual indemnity, settling all claims within insurance reserves.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Education

Juris Doctorate, University of Houston, Houston, Texas

Bachelor of Arts, Government, University of Texas, Austin, Texas

Bar Admissions

Texas

Supreme Court of the United States

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

Professional Memberships and Recognition

AV Peer Review Rating - Martindale Hubbell

Board Certified, Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law

State Bar of Texas

American Bar Association

Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow

Houston Bar Association



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