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Mr. Howell is an AV Preeminent Employment, 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.


Mr. Howell has been a New Mexico lawyer for 18 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, more than doubling his trial experience on cases of high complexity and stakes. In 2012, Mr. Howell returned to a local firm setting in Santa Fe, where he and his family have lived for 13 years.  In 2015, he combined his practice with the law firm of Montgomery & Andrews, P.A. He represents large and small companies and individuals, including defendants and select plaintiffs. He appears in all New Mexico state and federal courts and has tried court, administrative, and arbitration matters 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.


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 years in the International Association of Defense Counsel and was certified as an Employment and Labor specialist by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization from 2005 to 2010. He has also served on the boards of several New Mexico non-profit organizations, as well as the Board of Bar Commissioners for the State Bar of New Mexico and the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association.

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