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Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney in Bloomfield Hills, MI

Thomas H. Howlett
The Googasian Firm, PC
6895 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
T:Work 248-502-0862
F: Fax248-540-7213
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2015
Licensed Since: 1992
Education: The University of Michigan Law School
Practice Areas: Professional Liability: Plaintiff (40%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%), Class Action/Mass Torts (30%)


Attorney Thomas H. Howlett vigorously pursues cases for individuals and families who have suffered harm due to others' misconduct, undertaking both individual lawsuits and class actions.  His primary areas of focus include professional negligence (medical malpractice and legal malpractice), catastrophic injuries, civil rights (wrongful convictions), and consumer class actions.

Mr. Howlett has practiced law in Washington, D.C., Michigan, and in dozens of state and federal courts across the country since 1990.  In 1998, Mr. Howlett joined The Googasian Firm, P.C., where he pursues class actions on behalf of consumers, wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases on behalf of individuals and families, and civil rights cases for people wrongly accused. Mr. Howlett has more than 23 years of legal experience, and he utilizes his prior career experience as an investigative reporter on behalf of the people he now represents.  

Mr. Howlett also serves the legal community.  He currently serves as immediate past president of the Oakland County Bar Association, the State of Michigan's largest voluntary bar association.  He also served for many years as chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Law and the Media Committee.  He also serves on two committees of the American Bar Association's Law Practice Division.

Mr. Howlett received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, where he was managing editor of The Harvard Crimson, a daily newspaper.  After graduation, he worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and The Dallas Morning News.  In 1990, he received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. His legal work experience also includes working as a judicial law clerk for a federal district judge and serving for two years as assistant attorney general and counsel in the Republic of Palau, a small Pacific island.

Mr. Howlett's membership has included the State Bar of Michigan, the District of Columbia Bar (inactive), the State Bar of Texas (inactive), the American Bar Association, the American Association of Justice, and the Michigan Association of Justice.

Years of Selection

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2015

About Thomas Howlett

Admitted: 1992, Michigan

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Honors and Awards:

  • OCBA's Distinguished Service Award, 2013
  • OCBA's Distinguished Service Award, 2007
  • Highest, AV Peer Review Rating by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, Nominations & Bylaws Committee, Oakland County Bar Association, 2015
  • State and Local Bar Outreach Committee, Law Practice Division,  American Bar Association, 2015
  • Standing Committee on Professional Ethics, State Bar of Michigan, 2015
  • Membership Development Committee, Law Practice Division, American Bar Association, 2015
  • President - Oakland County Bar Association, 2014
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2013
  • President-Elect - Oakland County Bar Association, 2013
  • Vice President, Oakland County Bar Association, 2012
  • Treasurer, Oakland County Bar Association, 2011
  • Chair, State Bar of Michigan's Law and the Media Committee, 2011 - 2014
  • Board Member, Oakland County Bar Association, 2005 - present
  • Chair, Oakland County Bar Association, Membership Committee, 2005
  • Member, Michigan Association of Justice
  • Member, American Association of Justice
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan

Educational Background:

  • Harvard College, A.B. Cum Laude, 1984
Last Updated: 4/2/2015
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Use of "Branding" and Other Marketing Efforts in Personal Injury Litigation: Two Case Studies - (2001)

Paper addressed the advantages and disadvantages of using a corporiation's branding or marketing efforts when pursuing personal injury litigation against the corporation, using two case studies.

Industry Group(s): American Association For Justice

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