Howard W. Feldman

In the Illinois construction industry, attorney Howard Feldman is well-known for his ability to cut to the heart of matters and achieve business-friendly resolutions quickly

Howard W. Feldman
Founding Partner

Howard Feldman puts people first. That’s why he fought for seven years in the infamous legal trial against the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), which fired 16 employees for their political affiliation. When numerous Illinois prison inmates and their families came to him alleging mistreatment by the corrections system, Howard was happy to take on the government repeatedly to protect their civil rights.

“Ultimately it’s about being a problem-solver,” he says of his relationship to both people and the law. In the Illinois construction industry, where he has an impressive track record, Howard is well-known for his ability to cut to the heart of matters and achieve business-friendly resolutions quickly. He is aided by in-depth regulatory knowledge acquired during his time as general counsel and special assistant attorney general for the Illinois Capital Development Board, which oversees all state construction projects.

Peers respect Howard for his compassion and empathy for clients. Because of his outstanding service in family law and his admirable professional ethics, he was appointed as an advisor to the revision of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, which regulates parenting time, out-of-state relocation, and same-sex marriage.

“We want to provide high-end, superior-quality legal services to ordinary businesses and individuals, not big corporations,” he explains. It is this principled commitment that has made Howard one of the most highly regarded attorneys in central Illinois.

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Phone: 217-544-3403
Fax: 217-544-1593
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Areas of Practice
Alimony & Spousal Support
Prenuptial Agreements
Estate Planning
Family Law
Litigation & Appeals
Real Estate Law
Construction Law
Criminal Law

90% of Practice

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois

U.S. Federal Courts

U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois

U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Indiana University at Bloomington School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, J.D., 1973

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, B.S., 1968

Published Works
Handbook on Illinois Administrative Law, Chapters on Illinois Court of Claims Civil Service Commission, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education

Honors and Awards
Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2003–Present

Leading Lawyers

Professional Membership
Illinois State Bar Association, 2000–Present
Board of Governors

Illinois State Bar Association, 1988–1989

Committee on Administrative Law, 1980

Forum Committee on Construction Law, 1979

Sangamon County Bar Association

American Bar Association


Howard has negotiated, tried and settled numerous multi-party construction disputes throughout Illinois, guided by in-depth knowledge he acquired as a general counsel and special assistant attorney general to the Illinois Capital Development Board, which oversees all state construction projects.

Howard has successfully acted as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association in construction matters. He has prosecuted and defended mechanics lien issues arising out of construction disputes.

Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act: Howard’s impressive background in family law earned him an appointment to the Family Law Committee that advises the Illinois State Legislature on amendments to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Such amendments include changes to rules regarding parenting time, out-of-state relocation, and same-sex marriage.

Howard has prosecuted a number of high profile civil rights cases, including cases involving the prison system. In the federal jury trial of Meyers vs. DeMarco, he obtained a judgment against the Sangamon County Sheriff’s office for their deliberate indifference to an inmate of the Sangamon County Jail. Howard then brought another case against the Sheriff’s office that resulted in a significant settlement for the grieving mother of a deceased inmate.

Whitlow vs. The Illinois Department of Transportation:
Howard, colleague Carl Draper, and a team from Feldman Wasser relentlessly pursued justice for 16 Department of Transportation employees who were fired for their Republican party affiliation. Ultimately IDOT awarded the employees compensation for their lost time and distress, reemployment with IDOT, and full payment of all their legal fees.

Howard’s practice involves the defense of complex federal financial criminal matters.

Waldrop vs. Fisher: After the verdict he won for a mother seeking to move her child out of state was overturned on appeal, Howard argued the case before the Illinois Supreme Court to try to overturn the appellate decision. Because of this case, non-married parents with child custody must seek the permission of the courts before relocating out-of-state.

Howard regularly appears before the 4th District Appellate Court, the highest court in Illinois after the Supreme Court. He recently successfully overturned a trial court’s award of rehabilitative maintenance for a spouse in a long-term maintenance trial, directing that it become permanent maintenance.

Past Employment Positions
FeldmanWasser, Founding Partner of Firm, 1987–Present

Private Practice of Law, 1982–1987

Capital Development Board, General Counsel, 1979–1982

Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, 1973–1979

Alpha Epsilon Pi

Honors and Awards
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