Professional Bio: Thomas E. Howard is an attorney at Collateral Base, LLC, where he concentrates his practice in commercial banking, bankruptcy, and business litigation, loan workouts, cannabis and real estate litigation. He is admitted to the Illinois State Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the United States District Court for all Illinois districts, the United State Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the United State District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. He is a member of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Immigration Law, Judicial Evaluations outside of Cook County, and Commercial Collections, Banking and Bankruptcy. He earned his B.A. degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and his J.D. degree from Marquette University Law School.
After completing law school he earned his Series 7 & 66 securities licenses and briefly worked as a stockbroker before using his law degree to work through the mortgage foreclosure crisis from the market crash of 2008. A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Howard has helped found a charity, Build Peoria, and has a digital marketing startup, Stumari, LLC, that helps lawyers with SEO and digital marketing strategies to get more client leads.