Zachary Howerton


Zachary Howerton is an environmental attorney with a strong science background and experience in both the private and public sectors, including with an environmental law firm, the court system, the government, and a nonprofit legal clinic.

Zach graduated Magna Cum Laude from Vermont Law School, where he was an Articles Editor of the Vermont Law Review and a student clinician at the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. As a clinician, Zach furthered litigation before the Surface Transportation Board challenging the construction of a proposed rail line and worked with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources to facilitate proper lead management practices.

Zach also served as a law clerk at the United States Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division while attending law school. He helped to advanced enforcement cases under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).

Prior to law school, Zach earned a Master of Science in Ocean and Earth Sciences from Old Dominion University. This experience allows him to view environmental law issues holistically, from both a legal and a scientific perspective.

After graduating law school, Zach joined Smouse and Mason, LLC, as an associate attorney in all areas of the firm’s practice. In addition, he serves as a volunteer attorney with the Chesapeake Legal Alliance, providing pro bono legal assistance to those who work to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay.

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Admission Details

2015, Maryland

Law School Attended

Vermont Law School, Class of 2015, J.D., with honors

University Attended

Christopher Newport University, Class of 2008, B.S., with honors
Old Dominion University, 2013, M.S.

Associations & Memberships

Baltimore County, Maryland State, and American Bar Associations

Practice Areas

Toxic Tort
Environmental Law