Beryl A. Howell
Beryl Howell is a partner and general counsel of the Washington, D.C., office
of Stroz Friedberg, LLC, a professional consulting and technical services firm
specializing in digital forensics, electronic discovery, cybersecurity
investigations and private investigative work, at the cutting edge of law,
technology and policy.
She also serves part-time as a commissioner on the U.S. Sentencing
Commission, which is mandated to promulgate sentencing policies and guidelines
for the Federal criminal justice system. She was nominated to this
position by President Bush and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in
Before joining Stroz Friedberg, Howell was the general counsel of the Senate
Judiciary Committee, where she worked for Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt. In her
10-year tenure on Capitol Hill, she vigorously promoted and defended FOIA
against a variety of restrictive proposals, such as the exemption for “critical
infrastructure information” that was ultimately included in the Homeland
Security Act. She also facilitated congressional oversight of Department of
Justice’s FOIA policies and practices.
She was awarded the 2004 First Amendment Award by the Society of Professional
Journalists in recognition of “the important work she has done on behalf of all
journalists and those who understand the significance of the government watchdog
role the media must practice each day.”
Howell received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.