​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.” ​The next 10 years, he made partner in two of the largest (“Am Law 200“) firms in the nation, ​doubling trial experience on high-stakes cases. He then returned to office in Santa Fe, his home of 15 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 “Times Up” lawyer, as a member of the National Women’s Law Center Legal Network for Gender Equity, which manages the “Times Up” Legal Defense Fund and facilitates related enforcement actions. #timesup


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). A certified Employment and Labor S​pecialist ​by the ​New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization (2005 to 2010 and 2017 to 2021), he is 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). He is a past 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, 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​.​