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

Mr. Howell is an AV Preeminent Employment and Business trial lawyer.  His practice combines the experience and resources of a large firm with the attention of a small office.


Mr. Howell has been a New Mexico lawyer for 20 years. Starting five years in litigation boutiques, he tried 10 civil actions, completed 300+ depositions, and won State Bar of New Mexico “Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year.” ​In the next 10 years, he made partner in two of the largest (“Am Law 200“) firms in the nation, ​doubling his trial experience on high-stakes cases. He then returned to office in Santa Fe, where he has lived 15 years.  ​He represents large and small businesses and individuals in defense and select plaintiff engagements. 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 ​the University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1997). He is certified as an Employment and Labor S​pecialist ​by the ​New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization (2005 to 2010 and 2017 to 2021), listed in America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 1%, 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 for several y​​ears in the 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, and the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association. He is a proud father of two sons in Santa Fe public schools and ​coach of Santa Fe youth soccer players over several seasons​.​