Matthew R. Howsare

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  • University of South Carolina School of Law (JD, magna cum laude)
  • Wofford College (BA, summa cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • South Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina

Based in Washington, DC, Matt focuses his practice on federal, state, and international product safety matters and related regulatory issues and litigation. He provides representation on compliance with product safety regulations, product safety incident reporting, imported products, recalls, civil penalty proceedings, investigations, and other regulatory and enforcement matters. Matt works with a variety of different clients on issues and matters before the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other federal and state agencies.

Matt previously served as the Chief of Staff of the CPSC from 2010 to 2013 and as the Chairman’s Senior Counsel in 2009. While working at CPSC, Matt played a leadership role in the implementation of the rules, regulations, and policies associated with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, landmark legislation that revitalized and transformed the agency. He provided legal and policy counsel to the Chairman on the implementation of third-party testing and tracking label requirements for children’s products, the new civil penalty rules, the creation of the public database, the new limits on lead and phthalates, the requirements for certificates of compliance and laboratory accreditation, the new standards for durable infant nursery products, and numerous high profile compliance and enforcement actions.

Matt also has experience with product safety in the international realm, having interacted with manufacturers and regulators in Canada, Europe, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan on product safety issues.

Before joining CPSC, Matt practiced at a law firm in the area of product safety, as well as general, appellate, class action, and products liability litigation.

Recognitions & Awards

  • JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards: a Top Author on product liability matters (2016)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • South Carolina Law Review
  • Moot Court Bar
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Wig and Robe

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization's (ICPHSO) Board of Directors