Howard Crystal has been representing non-profit organizations pursuing safe energy, public lands and wildlife protection, government transparency, and public health initiatives for more than twenty years. He has litigated extensively in the D.C. Circuit and D.C. federal district court, represented clients before Congress, and participated in agency administrative proceedings.
Currently, Howard’s practice focuses on energy and the environment, including challenging harmful energy approaches and promoting clean, renewable energy initiatives. His recently published article, Fairly Compensating Sun Power: Challenges to Rooftop Solar Development, discusses recent litigation over how to appropriately value rooftop solar generation in the utility rate-making process.
Howard’s clients have included the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Defenders of Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity, Surfrider Foundation, Oxfam America, the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.
Howard is an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University Law School, and has also taught at Georgetown University Law Center. He obtained his J.D., magna-cum-laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, and his B.A. from Northwestern University. In addition to his career at Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal (now Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks LLP), Howard has worked at Crowell & Moring LLP, as a judicial law clerk for the D.C. Superior Court, and as a summer law clerk at the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division (Appellate Section), the Conservation Law Foundation, and the Environmental Defense Fund.
Howard’s publications also include an article detailing one of the remedies in the ongoing RICO consumer fraud suit against Big Tobacco: Muggli, Crystal, Klausner, Transparency As A Remedy Against Racketeering: Preventing And Restraining Fraud By Exposing Big Tobacco's Dirty Secrets,” Tobacco Control (July 2014).
Howard is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the D.C. Circuit, the First, Second, Eighth and Ninth Circuits, and the federal district courts for D.C. and Massachusetts.
The Firm’s Current Work.
The Firm works on litigation projects to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants.
The Firm is working with NRDC and PRBRC in a D.C. Circuit challenge to a uranium mining operation.
The Firm is working with numerous environmental groups towards reforms of the federal coal leasing program.
The Firm is supporting the work of a local non-profit promoting rooftop solar initiatives.