Beryl A. Howell

Beryl 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 November 2004.

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.