Jonathan L. Howell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Dallas, TX

Howell & Willingham PLLC
 | 6440 N Central Expy, Suite 806
Dallas, TX 75206
Phone: (214) 525-3941
Fax: (972) 777-4050
Selected To Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (30%),
  • Bankruptcy: Business (30%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Jonathan L. Howell has actively represented clients in Texas and throughout the United States in multiple facets of litigation, bankruptcy, and a variety of transactional matters, including business and asset acquisitions, preparation and renegotiation of lending and credit agreements, contract disputes, real property disputes, and debt restructurings.  Mr. Howell has received multiple awards and recognition from his peers for his work in bankruptcy and civil litigation.

    Mr. Howell has represented a broad spectrum of clients, ranging from local entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies, as well as individuals.  In particular, Mr. Howell has represented business owners, directors, officers, traditional and non-traditional lenders, private equity firms, family offices, manufacturers, real estate developers, hospitality groups and hoteliers, trade creditors, landlords, creditors' committees, trustees, and judgment creditors.

    Mr. Howell received his B.A. in Economics from SMU in 2001 and his J.D. in 2007 from SMU's Dedman School of Law, where he was an articles editor for the International Law Review and Dean’s List student.  From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Howell served as a federal judicial law clerk for the Honorable D. Michael Lynn in the Northern District of Texas.  While attending law school, Jonathan externed for the Honorable Stacey G. C. Jernigan in the Northern District of Texas.

    Practice Areas
    • 30%Civil Litigation: Defense
    • 30%Bankruptcy: Business
    • 30%Business Litigation
    • 10%Business/Corporate
    Focus Areas

    Bankruptcy Law, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Contracts, Business Organizations


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    Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019

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    About Jonathan Howell

    Admitted: 2008, Texas

    Professional Webpage:


    • International Law Review, Staff and Articles Editor, SMU's Dedman School of Law
    • Best Lawyer, D Magazine, 2014, 2018 and 2020
    • AVVO: Top Rated Lawyer Jonathan L. Howell
    • Dean’s List, SMU's Dedman School of Law
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2017 - 2019

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Dallas Bar Association, Member
    • State Bar of Texas, Member
    • United States District Courts, State of Texas

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Co-Author, Bankruptcy 101: What Every Bankruptcy Attorney Needs to Know About Cash Collateral and DIP Financing, 2010
    • Co-Author, Till in Chapter 11 Cases & the Looming “Efficient Market” Debate, ABI Journal, 2013
    • Co-Author, Trade Creditors in Bankruptcy, Dallas Bar Association's Headnotes, 2011
    • Co-Author, Chapter 11 Practice — Bankruptcy Nuts & Bolts: The Basics of Cash Collateral and DIP Financing, State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section Newsletter, 2010
    • Panel Speaker, Navigating a Small Business Bankruptcy Case — The Benefits and Perils, State Bar of Texas, 2009
    • Co-Author, A Primer on Commercial Landlord Issues in Bankruptcy, Dallas Bar Association's Headnotes, 2009
    • Co-Author, Utilizing Chapter 15 of the United States Bankruptcy Code to Combat Fraud , World Compendium on Asset Tracing & Recovery, 2009
    • Author, International Insolvency Law, 42 INT'L LAW. 113 , 2008
    • Author, Recent Developments in NAFTA Law, 13 LAW & BUS. REV. AM. 253 , 2007
    • Author, Privatization of Pemex, 13 LAW & BUS. REV. AM. 461 , 2007
    • Panel Speaker, Evidence Rules and Trial Tactics in Bankruptcy Court, State Bar of Texas Business Bankruptcy 101 Course, 2010
    • Co-Author, Chapter 11: The Practice of Corporate Reorganization Law, 2007
    • Co-Author, Bankruptcy 101: What Every Young Lawyer Should Know About Non-Residential Tenant Bankruptcies, 2009
    • Panel Speaker, Commercial Landlord Issues in Bankruptcy, 2010

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Staff and Articles Editor, International Law Review Association, SMU Dedman School of Law
    • Judicial Extern, Honorable Stacey G. C. Jernigan, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Texas
    • Federal Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable D. Michael Lynn, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Texas

    Educational Background:

    • Southern Methodist University, B.A. in Economics, 2001


    • “Jonathan is a top notch attorney. He has an astounding work ethic and always strives to get the best results for his clients.”
    • “This attorney is very accomplished.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for Jonathan L. Howell

    6440 N Central Expy
    Suite 806
    Dallas, TX 75206

    Phone: (214) 525-3941

    Fax: (972) 777-4050

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