Leland J. Badger

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Leland J. Badger

Of Counsel

Practice Areas:

  • General & special counsel to not-for-profit tax-exempt organizations
  • Antitrust law; licensing law; contracts; litigation, arbitration, mediation
  • Industry trade associations & professional societies; legislative & fed agencies
  • Educational and charitable foundations
  • Fiduciary duties and governance law


LELAND J. BADGER is of counsel to the firm and is resident at Howe & Hutton, Ltd.'s Washington, D.C. office. Lee is a native Chicagoan and graduated from Dartmouth College summa cum laude with highest distinction and Phi Beta Kappa, and from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Journal on Legislation. Immediately following law school, Lee served as Attorney-Advisor to the General Counsel to the Secretary of the Air Force at the Pentagon, while on active duty as a Captain. He has practiced law for over 30 years in Chicago and Washington, D.C., concentrating on antitrust law, healthcare professions/healthcare industry law, representation of industry trade associations and professional societies, educational foundations, standards/certification-accreditation bodies, trial and appellate litigation, fiduciary duties law, legislative and federal agency matters, contracts, and intellectual property licensing. Lee has written numerous articles, spoken at numerous seminars, and served as Adjunct Assistant Lecturer in Trial Practice at Northwestern Law School in Chicago.


Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • J.D. – 1973


Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

  • A.B. – 1970
  • Honors: summa cum laude
  • Honors: With Highest Distinction
  • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
  • Honors: Rufus Choate Scholar – Academic Top 5%
  • Honors: Dartmouth Forensic Union (National Intercollegiate Varsity Debate Team)
  • Honors: Honors Thesis “The Nemesis of Influence – The Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Negotiations” (189 pp)
  • Honors: U.S. Air Force ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate (Cadet Major)
  • Major: Government


Bar Admission

  • Illinois, 1973
  • District of Columbia, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1973
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1977

Published Works

  • The Antitrust Challenge to Non-Profit Certification Organizations, Washington Univ. Law Quarterly, Vol. 60, No.2, 1982
  • Lobbying by Government Contractors & Grantees, Chap. 7, BNA Books, 1989


  • Various Recognition Awards from American Society of Association Executives

Classes & Seminars

  • Adjunct Assistant Lecturer, Trial Practice at Northwestern University Law School in Chicago
  • Assistant Teaching Team Leader, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Graduate, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)
  • Faculty Member, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Asst Scoutmaster Boy Scouts of America, 7 years, Troop at National Presbyterian Church in D.C. (Backpacking/Camping, including Alaska wilderness backpacking trek adult co-leader; Eagle Scout)
  • Deacon and Church School Teacher, Congregational UCC Church, Bethesda, MD

Past Positions

  • Epstein Becker & Green in Washington D.C., Partner, 1992 to 1993
  • Jenner & Block in Chicago and Washington D.C., Partner, 1980 to 1992
  • General Counsel to Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Attorney-Advisor (Captain USAF), 1973 to 1975

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Pi Lambda Phi
  • Phi Beta Kappa