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​​​​​​​​​​​​​TRENT A. HOWELL

Mr. Howell is an AV Preeminent Employment (Discrimination & Harassment)​, Employee Benefits (ERISA), Insurance, and Business trial lawyer.  His practice combines the experience and resources of a large firm with the economy and attention of a small office.


WORK EXPERIENCE

Mr. Howell has been a New Mexico lawyer for 19 years. In his first five years in litigation boutiques, he tried 10 civil matters, conducted 300+ depositions, and won the State Bar of New Mexico award for "Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year." ​In the next 10 years, he worked and made partner in two of the largest ("Am Law 200") firms in the country, while more than doubling his trial experience on complex and high-stakes cases. In 2012, Mr. Howell returned to a local offi​ce in Santa Fe, where he has lived for 14 years.  ​He represents large and small companies and individ​​uals, including defendants and select plaintiffs. He appears in all New Mexico state and federal courts and has tried court cases, administrative hearings, and arbitration​​​s in Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Clovis, Grants, Las Vegas, Los Lunas, Portales, Raton, Santa Fe, and Taos. He is also licensed in Texas and has litigated in El Paso in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.


EDUCATION & AWARDS

Mr. Howell is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (B.A. in English, with Special Honors, 1994) and of the University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1997). He has been listed for years in New Mexico's Top Rated Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. He was a member for several y​​ears in the International Association of Defense Counsel and was certified as an Employment and Labor S​pecialist ​by the ​New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization from 2005 to 2010.


COMMUNITY

Mr. Howell has volunteered and served on the boards of several New Mexico non-profit organizations, the Board of Bar Commissioners for the State Bar of New Mexico, and the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association. He is a proud father of two sons in Santa Fe public schools and ​coach of Santa Fe youth soccer players over several seasons​.

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