Alison M. Howard

Director

Office: Oklahoma City
Email: alison.howard@crowedunlevy.com

Phone: 405.239.6675
Fax: 405.272.5933
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Alison Howard is a director in the firm's Oklahoma City office and chair of the Employee Benefits & ERISA Practice Group. She concentrates her practice on healthcare and employee benefits law and also handles complex civil litigation and appeals. Alison is admitted to practice in Oklahoma, the U.S. District Court for the districts of Oklahoma and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Alison is listed in Best Lawyers in appellate practice and rated by Super Lawyers as an Oklahoma Rising Star in employee benefits and ERISA law.*

Active in the community, Alison is a member of the Oklahoma and American Bar Associations and participates in the American Health Lawyers Association and Oklahoma Lawyers for Children. Her publications include “Work Health Benefit Issues in Flux” in The Oklahoman, “Payors, Providers, and the Courts: An Update on State and Federal Litigation” in the American Health Lawyers Association and "Oklahoma's Collateral Order Doctrine? The Appealability of Pre-Judgment Orders after Hammonds” in the Oklahoma Bar Journal.

Alison received her degree in English and pre-medicine from the University of Notre Dame, where she was a member of the English Honor Society and recipient of the Knute Rockne Student Athlete Award in Track and Field. She continued her education at Notre Dame Law School, where she was honored as a Notre Dame Law School Scholar, as well as a first-year Moot Court “Best Speaker.”

Alison enjoyed 16 years living abroad in Germany, Panama, Canada, and finally in England, where she completed the Concannon Program of International Law, consisting of courses and seminars in comparative and international law.

*Crowe & Dunlevy has no input in the rating methodologies used by Best Lawyers or Oklahoma Super Lawyers.

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Professional Experience

  • University of Notre Dame, Office of the General Counsel, Law Clerk

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Holloway Inn of Court
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Best Lawyers

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America in Appellate Practice (2011-Present)

Published Works

  • “Direct Contracting for Health Benefits: Dropping the Middleman,” The Oklahoman, 2017
  • "Small Business Obligations Under the ACA,” The Oklahoman Q&A (May 2016)
  • “Happy One Year Birthday ACA Employer Mandate - Time to Report!,” The Oklahoman (Dec 2015)
  • “Employee Health Benefit Issues in Flux,” The Oklahoman (Dec 2014)
  • "New Proposed Rules to Address Religious Objection to ACA Contraception Mandate,” The Oklahoman Q&A (Sept 2014)
  • "Oklahoma's Collateral Order Doctrine? The Appealability of Pre-Judgment Orders After Hammonds" (co-author Harvey Ellis), Oklahoma Bar Journal, 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • “Goodbye Insurer?: Direct Contracting for Health Benefits,” American Bar Association Health Law Section (2018)
  • “COBRA: Riding the Health Care Tide,” Southwest Benefits Association 2017 Benefits Administration Workshop (March 2017)
  • "Employee Health Benefits: 2016 Mid-Year Checkup,"Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies Fall Conference (Sept 2016)
  • "Diving into the Details: Affordable Care Act and Employee Benefits Issues," 26th Annual Crowe & Dunlevy Healthcare Update (May 2016)
  • "The Heat Is On: ACA Mid-Year Update," Southern Oklahoma Leaders Lunch (Aug 2015)
  • "Affordable Care Act Mid-Year Update," McAlester Council Meeting (July 2015)
  • "Be Ready for the Land Run: Emerging ACA Issues," 25th Annual Crowe & Dunlevy Healthcare Update (April 2015)
  • "Eligibility Pitfalls," Southwest Benefits Association 2015 Benefits Administration Workshop (March 2015)
  • "California Pharmacies Seek to Enjoin Pfizer-Wyeth Merger for Antitrust Violation,” American Health Lawyers Association Business Law and Governance Alert (Sept 2009)
  • “Betting on Your Employees’ Health: Health Benefit Plans for Casinos, Hotels, and Tribal Governments, Oklahoma Bar Association Indian Gaming Practice Seminar (Nov 2008)
  • "Emerging Issues in Managed Care Litigation," Annual Crowe & Dunlevy Healthcare Update (Mar 2008)
  • “Two ‘Ps’ in a Pod: Emerging Issues in Provider-Plan Litigation,” Oklahoma Association of Health Plans Conference (June 2007)
  • "Two Peas in a Pod: Plan-Provider Litigation," American Health Lawyers Association Conference, co-author Kevin D. Gordon (June 2007)
  • "Litigation Trends", American Health Lawyers Association Conference for Health Plans, Providers, and Insurers, co-author Kevin D. Gordon (May 2007)
  • "Payors, Providers, and the Courts: An Update on State and Federal Litigation", American Health Lawyers Association Conference for Health Plans, Providers, and Insurers, co-author Kevin D. Gordon (2004)

Community Service

  • Oklahoma Lawyers for Children
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