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

Mr. Howell is an AV Preeminent Employment & Whistleblower lawyer. With national-firm experience and local trial sense, he is a veteran litigator in discrimination, harassment, and retaliation and among the earliest members of National Women’s Law Center Legal Network for Gender Equity, before and since its pivotal role in the “Time’s Up” movement.


In 23 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. Three Fortune Top 10 and 40 Fortune 500 companies chose his counsel, such as a Top Oil & Gas corporation for 8 years, 10 lead-counsel cases, an EEOC sex-/pregnancy-discrimination class action, and ERISA defense of its $75 million Benefits Trust. Since then, Trent has been on his own, bringing impact litigation.  He represents business, individual, and class 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) and ​University of Texas School of Law (JD, 1997), making Board of Advocates 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, 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 volunteer coaching staff of Rio Rapids Northern Soccer Club.