Howard Twiggs
Howard Twiggs

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 legal history.


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 Alumni Award.

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, including:

  • 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.