Mr. Gourwitz specializes in the practice of personal and business planning, tax law, estate and financial planning, real estate, and sports and entertainment law.
Since 1980, he has been a practice consultant for the Midwest Transaction Guide, a 14-volume set of books published by Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. He has also authored many articles and has participated as a speaker in many Institute of Continuing Legal Education seminars and lectured on “Conducting Effective Negotiations.”
Since 1986, he has been a Registered Agent with the National Hockey League Players’ Association and a member of the Sports Lawyers Association.
Mr. Gourwitz is a member of the Board of Governors at Cranbrook Schools (where he also serves as Chair of the Development Committee which in 2017 achieved its most successful fundraising year on record.) In 2017, after being nominated by Cranbrook Schools, he was recognized as a “Distinguished Volunteer” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the National Philanthropy Day Dinner.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Michigan Band Alumni Association, The Elbel Club…The Friends of the Michigan Marching Band, the National Leadership Council for the Michigan State University College of Music, the Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network, and a member of the Detroit Institute of Arts Tannahill Estate Planning Council.
Mr. Gourwitz is a Past-President of both the University of Michigan Band Alumni Association and the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation. He has also commissioned many important additions to the Symphonic Band literature which are being performed around the world.
In 2018, he was awarded Honorary Member status by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association in recognition of his significant contributions tot he field of Instrumental Music.
Mr. Gourwitz received his B.A. from the University of Michigan; his J.D. cum laude from Wayne State University; and his LL.M in Taxation from New York University.
Howard has commissioned two important additions to the Symphonic Band music literature.
The first being “Asphalt Cocktail” composed by John Mackey which was premiered at the College Band Directors National Association National Conference in Austin, Texas in 2009.
The second being “Lost Vegas” composed by Michael Daugherty which was premiered at the College Band Directors National Association National Conference in Seattle, Washington in 2011.
He has also been very supportive of, and instrumental in, obtaining an I.R.S. 501(c)(3) Recognition of Tax Exemption for h2 quartet, inc., whose major purposes are “to promote the proliferation and performance of contemporary and traditional chamber music for the saxophone and foster the growth of saxophone education through the performance and practice of chamber music through educational outreach, performance and the creation of new works for the saxophone and the medium of saxophone quartet.”