Howard Gutman

Ambassador Gutman has extensive experience advising global families, family companies and family offices on a variety of complex issues.  He previously was a senior partner with the Washington D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP. Identified as one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers” by Washingtonian magazine (December 2004, December 2007) and selected to numerous “Superlawyers” and similar attorney award lists, Ambassador Gutman’s areas of practice spanned the full gamut of litigation, investigation and counseling matters. Earlier in his career, during the Reagan administration, Ambassador Gutman served as a Special Assistant to F.B.I Director William H. Webster, focusing on counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence; as a law clerk to Justice Potter Stewart (Rtd.) on the United States Supreme Court; and as a law clerk to Judge Irving L. Goldberg on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. 

(Rtd) Howard Gutman is a Senior Advisor and serves on the Advisory Board of Pennington Partners & Co. His career has spanned the public and private sectors, both sides of the Atlantic and both sides of the political aisle – from K Street, to Silicon Valley, to Wall Street, to Hollywood, then to Brussels, the heart of the European Union and NATO, and now across the globe.

In 2013, Ambassador Gutman completed four years of service as the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, the third longest serving such ambassador in over 100 years. Ambassador Gutman has long become one of the most well-known and admired public figures in the heart of Europe, having appeared on European television well over 100 times, ranging from Sunday news shows to late night entertainment programs. In May 2017, Ambassador Gutman was awarded Belgium’s highest medal. Ambassador Gutman is a 1980 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1977 graduate of Columbia University.