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

Mr. Howell is an AV Preeminent Employment and Business trial lawyer.  His practice combines large-firm experience with small-firm attention. A veteran sexual-harassment litigator, he serves “Time’s Up” as a member of the National Women’s Law Center Legal Network for Gender Equity, which manages the “Time’s Up” Legal Defense Fund and facilitates related enforcement actions. #timesup


Mr. Howell has been a New Mexico lawyer for 22 years. Litigating his first five years in boutique firms, he completed 10 civil trials, 300+ depositions, and won State Bar of New Mexico “Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year.” ​In the next 10 years, he made partner in Jackson Lewis and Holland & Hart, two of the largest (“Am Law 200“) firms in the nation, ​and doubled trial experience on high-stakes cases. He then returned to office in Santa Fe, his home of 17 years.  ​He represents large and small business and individuals in defense and select plaintiff matters. He appears in 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, Lovington, Portales, Raton, Santa Fe, and Taos.


Mr. Howell is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (B.A. in English, with Special Honors, 1994) and ​University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1997), where he was admitted to the Board of Advocates and represented UT Law at the New York Law School Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition. A certified Employment and Labor S​pecialist ​(New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization, 2005-2010, 2017-2021), he is listed in America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 1% (2016-2019), Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Lead Counsel​, New Mexico’s Top Rated Lawyers, Super Lawyers (2007-2009, 2014-2017), and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2010-2016), and was a member of International Association of Defense Counsel.


Mr. Howell 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 volunteer coaching staff of Rio Rapids Northern Soccer Club.