The Lawyers of Distinction recently announced that Risie R. Howard, a lawyer from Pine Bluff, has been certified as a member.

“Members are accepted based upon objective evaluation of an attorney’s qualifications, license, reputation, experience and disciplinary history,” according to a news release. “The Lawyers of Distinction is recognized as the fastest growing community of distinguished lawyers in the United States.”

Membership is offered to fewer than 10 percent of lawyers in a state.

“A 2010 graduate of the University of Arkansas Bowen School of Law, Attorney Howard has practiced general law at the George Howard Jr. Legal Center, named for her late father United States District Judge George Howard Jr., since 2013, where she has won over $5 million in personal injury damages,” according to a news release.

Howard has also received U.S. Department of Agriculture attorney list status through claims training, won causes for farmers, including against the state of California, assisted a discharged state employee with reinstatement, negotiated Fortune 500 contracts and defended Pine Bluff’s Most Wanted, according to a news release.

While in law school, Howard completed a summer legal internship in the Region Legal Service Office of the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps at Gulfport, Mississippi, where she received legal training in civil and criminal law, including cybercrimes and reverse discrimination, according to a news release.

She received the Dean’s Distinguished Public Service Award and the Class of 2010 Bowen Public Service Award, according to a news release.

She is a member of the Jefferson County Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Associations, the Saint Thomas More Legal Society and Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity. She has been a member of St. Peter Catholic Church for 35 years, according to a news release.