Jonathan L. Howell

Top rated civil litigation attorney in Dallas, Texas

Howell & Willingham PLLC
Jonathan L. Howell
Howell & Willingham PLLC

Practice Areas: Civil litigation, Bankruptcy, Business litigation; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 2008

Education: Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019

Howell & Willingham PLLC

6440 N Central Expy
Suite 806
Dallas, TX 75206 Visit website


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, negotiations, and re-negotiations of loan and credit agreements, and all manners of business and commercial agreements, disputes, lease agreements, 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

Civil litigation: defense, Bankruptcy: business, Business litigation, Business/corporate

Focus areas

Bankruptcy law, Business formation and planning, Limited liability companies, Partnership, Contracts, Business organizations

First Admitted: 2008, Texas

Professional Webpage:

  • International Law Review, Staff and Articles Editor, SMU's Dedman School of Law, Staff and Articles Editor of the International Law Review, SMU's Dedman School of Law
  • , Super Lawyer in Dallas/Ft. Worth for Civil Litigation Defense, Super Lawyers, 2022
  • Best Lawyer, D Magazine, 2014, 2018, 2020, and 2021, Best Lawyer, D Magazine
  • Avvo: Top Rated Lawyer Jonathan L. Howell, 10 out of 10 - Top Rated Lawyer, Avoo Legal Directory
  • Dean’s List, SMU's Dedman School of Law, SMU's Dedman School of Law, Dean's List
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2017 - 2019, and 2022, Super Lawyer, Rising Star, Super Lawyers
  • Served as lead counsel in successfully defending a Dallas-based technology firm against a $3.1 million lawsuit brought by Nortel Networks, Inc. and resulting in a complete dismissal of allegations.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • 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

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

“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.”

Office location for Jonathan L. Howell

6440 N Central Expy
Suite 806
Dallas, TX 75206

Phone: 469-845-9944


1 Year Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019

Additional sources of information about Jonathan L. Howell

Attorney resources for Jonathan L. Howell

Page Generated: 0.15845513343811 sec