In Memoriam, 1932-2010
A founder of the North Carolina personal injury firm of Twiggs, Strickland
& Rabenau, Howard Twiggs began practicing law in 1957 in his home
city of Raleigh. Later, he joined Attorney Charles Blanchard, one of the
first lawyers to practice personal injury law in the state of North Carolina.
Along with partner Don Strickland, he represented those who were severely
harmed by negligence and wrongdoing, including taking on large
product liability cases. He was also dedicated to helping companies in
business tort cases. In fact, it was in one of these cases against Snap-On Tools that Attorney
Twiggs won one of the biggest punitive damage awards in North Carolina’s
Attorney Twiggs was dedicated to his alma mater, Wake Forest University
where he was a president of the Law Alumni Association and chairperson
of the university’s Board of Visitors. In 2002 he received the Distinguished
His educational history at Wake Forest University includes:
- Receiving his B.S. in Business Administration, 1954
- His Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Law, 1957
Honors & Awards
Howard earned many awards during his long career, including the three highest
awards from the American Association for Justice, formerly the Association
of Trial Lawyers of America.
Howard was the second member of AAJ to receive:
- The 2001 Leonard Ring Champion of Justice Award
- The 2000 Harry Philo Award for commitment to individual rights and leadership
in the pursuit of justice
- The 2008 David Shrager President's Award for visionary leadership,
support, and service to the cause of justice
For his service to the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, formerly the
North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, his awards included the Walter
Clark Award in 1986 for Extraordinary Service to Justice, the Outstanding
Legislator Award for 1972, and the election as President Emeritus in 2008,
only the fourth member to be elected President.
In l998, Howard received the War Horse Award from the Southern Trial Lawyers
Association for leadership in the trial bar, teaching trial advocacy,
and excellence in the trial of cases for a period of over 30 years.
In 2006 he received the Frank Carrington Champion of Civil Justice Award
from the National Crime Victim Bar Association, and in 2007 he received
the Champion of Justice Award from the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of ABOTA.
In activities not related to the practice of law, Howard earned many awards,
- The Distinguished Service Award as Young Man of the Year from the Raleigh
Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1965
- The Lief Valland Award in 1970 from the North Carolina Mental Health Association
for outstanding service to North Carolina as a leader and as a legislator
in the field of Mental Health
The North Carolina personal injury lawyers at Twiggs, Strickland &
Rabenau continue this tradition of award-winning service and dedication
to the law. When you need legal help, contact us
at (919) 701-8132 for an initial consultation.