Judge Howard was born in Denver, moved for a couple of years to Leadville and was raised in Englewood, Colorado. He graduated from Englewood High School, Colorado College and the University of Colorado School of Law, graduating in 1978.
In the fall of 1978 he went to work for the law firm Fischer and Wilmarth. Judge Howard was in private practice in Fort Collins continuously from that time until he was appointed to be a District Court Judge in January, 2011. He had a general civil practice with an emphasis on business and real estate litigation.
Judge Howard is married and has five children. His interests include travel, fishing and enjoying the Colorado mountains.