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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: 469-845-9944
Fax: 972-777-4050
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019
Licensed in Texas Since: 2008
Practice Areas: Civil Litigation: Defense, Bankruptcy: Business, Business Litigation, Business/Corporate
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, 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

Selections

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

About Jonathan L. Howell

First Admitted: 2008, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://howellwillinghamlaw.com

Honors/Awards

  • 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
  • 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

Verdicts/Settlements

  • 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

Comments

  • “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: 469-845-9944

Fax: 972-777-4050

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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