Kellie L. Howard-Goudy

02/29/2020
Kellie L. Howard-Goudy
Attorney

Kellie L. Howard-Goudy

Attorney

Kellie L. Howard-Goudy

Summary

Kellie is a defense litigation partner with CEF. Her practice focuses on professional and general liability claims and litigation. Kellie has acquired expertise in the area of data privacy and cyber liability as it relates to the development and implementation of autonomous vehicles. She represents professional clients, including Fortune 500 companies in the public utility, automotive and health care sectors. Kellie’s representation of clients involved in complex litigation matters includes general liability defense and managing cases with significant electronic and written discovery issues. She has successfully protected the priorities of clients to the extent those priorities intersect with matters of public interest, which may involve the client’s proprietary interest. Kellie has represented attorneys, banking, accounting and real estate executives as well as large non-profit health care organizations and their principles. Her work in representing clients ranges from pre-litigation and claims resolution to successful trial representation.


Credentials

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 2005)
  • Michigan State University (B.A. with honors, 2001)
Admissions
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Professional Activities
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Wolverine Bar Association
  • Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (Appointed Instructor)
  • Detroit Medical Center Risk Management Group (Appointed Instructor)
Accomplishments
  • CLM Professional of the Year
    • Young Outside Counsel (2019)
  • Super Lawyers™
    • Rising Star (2016-2019)
  • Women Leaders in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (2017)
Prominent Outcomes

Obtained summary disposition in Wayne County Circuit Court on behalf of a public school district and the school itself, cutting off a multimillion dollar liability exposure.

Successful first chair trial representation in first party no-fault auto litigation.

Successful first chair trial representation in breach of contract litigation.

Successful trial representation in premises liability litigation.

Won summary disposition in the Oakland County Circuit Court in a legal malpractice case on behalf of the attorney defendant pursuant to a complex causation argument.

Won summary disposition in the Wayne County Circuit Court on behalf of the defendant apartment complex in a premises liability case in which plaintiff claimed that the defendant allowed a nuisance to exist on the premises.

Won summary disposition in the Wayne County Circuit Court on behalf of the defendant storage unit owner on a breach of contract claim.

Won summary disposition in the Oakland County Circuit Court on behalf of the attorney defendant in a legal malpractice case involving claims by a criminal defendant against his appellate counsel.

Won summary disposition in the Macomb County Circuit Court (later affirmed by the Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court) on behalf of the employer in a case involving the exclusive remedy provision of the Workers Compensation Disability Act.

Won summary disposition in the St. Joseph County Circuit Court on behalf of a real estate agency and its agent in a professional liability action including claims by a home purchaser of misrepresentation and fraud.

Won summary disposition in the Midland County Circuit Court on behalf of the defendant hotel owner on the issue of a release relative to the hotels private fitness center.

Won summary disposition in the Wayne County Circuit Court on behalf of the defendant bank on the issue of release and waiver of claim by the plaintiff following an injury.

Won multiple summary disposition motions and sanctions against plaintiff in the Wayne County Circuit Court on behalf of the attorney-client who was being harassed by repetitive litigation regarding her conservatorship of an estate in which plaintiff was involved.

Won summary disposition in the Kent County Circuit Court on behalf of defendant packaging company in a product liability case involving failure to warn and breach of warranty claims.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

The Path to Diversity: A View From the Road, OCBA LACHES (September 2016)

Autonomous Vehicle Liability and Insurable Risks for the 2018 London Insurance Markets Conference.

Cyber Liability and Data Privacy- A Public Entity Perspective for the 2019 Claims Legal Management Conference.

Autonomous Vehicle Liability Presentation Regarding Emerging Risks Issues and Technological Advancements for the 2018 Risk Management Society Annual Conference.

Large Loss Exposure Management Panel Presentation Regarding Managing Cases and Claims Involving Catastrophic Injuries and Large Loss Exposure for the 2018 Americas Claims Events Annual Conference.

Kellie has spoken to various groups on the topic of risk prevention and management.

Less is More: The Art of Withdrawing From Representing a Client

In litigation, there are limited circumstances that require an attorney to withdraw from representation of a client. Barring these circumstances, most of which commonly involve illegal or fraudulent conduct on the part of the client, the attorney may still find herself seeking termination of the attorney-client relationship. With the permission of the court, the attorney…

Attorney Kellie L. Howard-Goudy to speak at RIMS Conference on Autonomous Vehicle Liability and Insurable Risks

On Monday, April 17, 2018, attorney Kellie L. Howard-Goudy will be speaking at the Risk Management Society, RIMS, Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Ms. Howard-Goudy will speak at one of the conference’s “innovation hubs,” which are focused on cutting-edge developments in topics related to risk management. Ms. Howard-Goudy’s session is entitled Autonomous Vehicles: The Present, the Future, and Insurable Risks. The presentation contains a detailed analysis of technical developments in the autonomous-vehicle industry and an outline of risk issues affecting insurers. Ms. Howard-Goudy will be joined by Timothy D. Crawley, Esq. (Anderson, Crawley & Burke, PLLC) who will discuss current regulatory efforts in the autonomous-vehicle industry. Information covered will include emerging issues with data privacy and ethical issues related to artificial intelligence.

Kellie Howard-Goudy Recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a 2017 “Women in the Law”

We are pleased to announce that our partner Kellie L. Howard-Goudy has been named a 2017 Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Women in the Law Award recipient. The selection criteria included commitment to excellence in the practice of law, inspiring and accomplished leadership in the profession, mentoring and significant contributions of time and effort to volunteer and pro bono activities. Howard-Goudy is one of 30 distinguished lawyers who were chosen to receive this prestigious award. Click on the headline to read the full announcement.

Attorneys Howard-Goudy and Cook obtain summary disposition on behalf of public school district

Attorneys Kellie L. Howard-Goudy and Michael J. Cook obtained summary disposition on behalf of a public school district and the school itself, cutting off a multimillion dollar liability exposure. The plaintiff, arguing the case in Wayne County Circuit Court, asserted negligence and gross negligence claims based on a paralyzing injury he suffered during football practice. He claimed that the operation of the school football team was negligent and unauthorized. Howard-Goudy and Cook asserted and the Court agreed that the school district, which was an “educational authority” instead of a typical school district, was entitled to governmental immunity.

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