Howard B. Lenard served as the city attorney of North Miami Beach since 1980 and is currently the general counsel for the Miami-Dade County League of Cities. In 2003, Lenard was honored for his contribution to the cause of equitable treatment for Haitian immigrants. In 2007, he was awarded the prestigious Paul S. Buchman Award by the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association, which recognizes a city attorney who has done outstanding legal work and made a lasting contribution to his or her field at the municipal level. Two years later, he was granted the status of City Attorney Emeritus, a role that allows him to act as senior legal advisor and good will ambassador for the City of North Miami Beach. Lenard has 30 years of municipal law practice experience. His public service includes his role as president of the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association and appointment by late-Gov. Lawton Chiles to the governor's statewide Commission on Local Government. He has also served as compliance officer in numerous high-profile countywide and statewide campaigns and as litigation counsel in a number of contested election issues.