​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​TRENT A. HOWELL

Focused in Employment & Whistleblower law, Trent is an AV Preeminent Lawyer with national-firm experience and local trial sense.  He is a veteran discrimination, harassment, and retaliation litigator and member of National Women’s Law Center Legal Network for Gender Equity since before “Time’s Up.”  Associated Press, U.S. News & World Report, Deadline Hollywood, and Variety have covered his cases.


In 25 years New Mexico practice, Trent spent his first five in trial boutiques, attaining 10 trials, 300+ depositions, and Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year. ​In the next 10, he tried 15 high-stakes cases ​and was partner in Jackson Lewis and Holland & Hart, two world’s largest law firms. Among Fortune Companies, three Top 10 and 40 of the 500 chose his counsel, including three “Big Oil” Supermajors for 8 years, 15 cases, an EEOC discrimination class action, and ERISA defense of a $75 million Benefits Trust. In 2012, Trent left large-firm practice to focus on his family, work alone, and bring impact litigation.  He represents individual, class, and business defendants and plaintiffs. He has federal and state, appellate and trial court, agency, and arbitration​​​ experience in Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Clovis, Grants, Las Vegas, Los Lunas, Lovington, Portales, Raton, Santa Fe, and Taos.


Trent graduated University of Texas (BA English, Special Honors, 1994), inducted Sigma Tau Delta, and ​University of Texas School of Law (JD, 1997), inducted Board of Advocates for achievement in Negotiation and New York Law School National Employment Law Moot Court. He has been New Mexico Board Specialized (2005-10, 2017-21) and in America’s Most Honored Professionals|Top 1%, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Lead Counsel​, Top Rated Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Lawyers of Distinction, Chambers Leading Business Lawyers, and International Association of Defense Counsel.


Trent has served on the boards of several New Mexico non-profit organizations, the Board of Bar Commissioners for the State Bar of New Mexico, the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association, and for several years on the youth coaching staff of Rio Rapids Northern Soccer Club.