Howell L. Lankford has been in private practice as a full-time labor relations arbitrator and mediator since 1984 (after being an ALJ for the Oregon Employment Relations Board from 1979 to 1984). He is currently a member of the Board of Governors and a past Northwest Regional Chair of the National Academy of
Arbitrators, past Chair of the Oregon State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section, founder and past Editor of the Washington Labor Law Digest, past Editor of the annual University of Oregon PERC Casebooks and of the LERC Monograph series, including Individual Statutory Rights of Represented Employees, author of the Oregon State Bar Public Sector Labor & Employment Law CLE chapter on enforcing public sector collective bargaining agreements (1990, 1994, 1997, 2002, & 2011).
He is on the public panels of the FMCS, AAA and of labor relations agencies in Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Hawaii and is on a variety of limited panels throughout the Northwest, including: State of Oregon & SEIU (sole classifications arbitrator between those parties); Anchorage School Dist. & Teamsters; Oregon State Hospitals (nurse units) & AFSCME; Oregon Health Science University & AFSCME; Oregon Health Science University & Oregon Nurses Assn.; University of Washington & SEIU; American Medical Response NW & ATU; Petersburg, AK & APEA, ATC & FAA (Prearb Panel), and the NRLCA Postal panel. He holds a BA from Reed College, an MA (K.Phl.) from Northwestern (Evanston, IL), and a JD from the University of Oregon and has taught university classes in philosophy (University of Alabama) and in labor law and arbitration (University of Oregon LERC).
He presents workshops throughout the year for the AAA and the Oregon LERC.