​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.


Trent has 26 years New Mexico practice, with 5 in trial boutiques, 10 in two world’s largest law firms (Jackson Lewis and Holland & Hart), and 11 solo.  He has tried 27 matters, won Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year, been employment counsel for 40 Fortune 500 Companies, including three of the Top 10 and three “Big Oil” Supermajors, and defended EEOC discrimination class actions and a $75 million ERISA Benefits Trust.  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.