Howard E. Berger


Ask the right questions, get them answered, develop a strategy and execute.” 

Howie joined Duke Holzman in 1988, after meeting Gregory Photiadis and the late Emanuel Duke while working on a case for a different firm.  Impressed by the skills and work ethic of the attorneys at Duke Holzman, Howie accepted an invitation to join the firm, and in 2018, he celebrated his 30th year with the firm.  Howie’s success as a commercial litigation and personal injury attorney stems from his thorough and analytical approach.  He believes the most important thing he can do is to ask the right questions.

Howie has extensive trial and appellate experience in: commercial, construction and surety litigation; property damage; personal injury; negligence; products liability; and Labor Law Section 240 litigation on behalf of plaintiffs and as insurance defense counsel.  Howie focuses his practice on commercial disputes, personal injury and insurance coverage litigation.  He regularly prosecutes and defends cases for developers, general contractors, subcontractors and insureds in state courts, federal courts and commercial arbitrations. In addition, Howie has prosecuted multimillion dollar personal injury cases on behalf of injured plaintiffs.

Howie is a member of the Bar Association of Erie County and New York State Bar Association.  He is a past president of the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc. During law school, Howie was the recipient of the John N. Bennett Achievement Award as the outstanding graduate of the class.

Practice Areas:

Construction LawCivil Litigation and Appellate PracticePersonal InjuryInsurance Coverage


Construction and Demolition

Organizations and Activities:

New York State Bar Association; Bar Association of Erie County


New York; United States District Court and Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York; United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; United States Court of Federal Claims


SUNY  Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude
SUNY Buffalo, B.A., magna cum laude