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Howard Capell


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The distinguished legal career of Howard Capell spans 40+ years and diverse practice areas of the law. For the past 20 years, he has specialized in not-for-profit corporation law, successfully representing numerous charitable and religious entities. He has gained national acclaim for his innovative ideas, leadership skills, and landmark judgments while advising national church bodies in complex ecclesiastical and legal matters.

In addition to his work for religious and philanthropic organizations, Howard offers extensive experience in providing legal representation in a broad range of business and personal matters, including tax planning, estate administration, commercial/real estate transactions, and litigation support.

A dedicated humanitarian deeply committed to promoting human welfare and social reform worldwide, Howard supports many public charities and faith-based organizations by donating his time and legal expertise.

He serves as general counsel to both the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Atlantic District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (governing bodies for a total of 335 congregations and affiliated schools, missions, and programs). He is also a trustee and executive committee member of the Interchurch Center, home to the regional offices of many religious denominations and other missions and organizations. In addition, Howard serves on the Board of Directors for Quality Services for the Autistic Community (a $40M nonprofit organization) and other not-for-profit groups.

In addition to the numerous honors and awards presented to Howard for dedicated philanthropy, humanitarian service, and pro bono legal assistance, in October 2012, Howard was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by The Concordia College Board of Regents.