Founded in 1979, JW Howard/Attorneys is a boutique business litigation firm offering a broad range of legal services to businesses in all industries. Known for its success in corporate litigation, JW Howard attorneys provide a steady hand to companies that find themselves in business disputes.
What separates us from other firms is the business perspective we bring to litigation. As former house counsel to some of San Diego’s largest companies, we know business concerns from the inside.
Legal insight. Business instinct. Litigation success.
There is no substitute for victory and as accomplished trial lawyers we know what it takes to achieve it. We also know the value of putting the tools in place that can position a company to avoid disputes; retain the upper hand in resolving them when they arise and assure success at trial when litigation cannot be avoided.
Skillful advice in advance can avoid expensive problems down the road. But when litigation cannot be avoided, we are there to win. And win we do. Our track record of trial success is unsurpassed.
What sets us apart from other litigators is our comprehensive knowledge of corporate law gathered over years as both inside and outside counsel to major corporations. We know the concerns of businessmen. We have been businessmen. We have been on the inside. And we have seen the results of bad advice from outside lawyers that have led companies to suffocating legal bills and crushing defeat at trial.
We understand corporate governance because we oversee and implement corporate governance policies. We know corporate transactions because we do corporate transactions. From business formations to contract negotiation to the documentation of all manner of corporate and real estate transactions, JW Howard/Attorneys can offer the representation and advice you need.
We also know that some law firms care about their own bottom line more than they do yours. At JW Howard/Attorneys, your bottom line is the bottom line and it is our job to preserve it.
Let us be your “house counsel”.
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What Our Clients Say
Mr. Howard is simply the most capable, knowledgeable and trustworthy attorney I have worked with in over 40 years in business. I have had him handle a number of legal efforts on my behalf and in every case I felt I not only had the far superior representation, but in fact had the best representation possible. We prevailed in every instance. Without reservation I highly recommend Mr. Howard and have done so to many friends and all who ask.
Chief Executive Officer
Real Estate Investment Trust
I have worked with John Howard at the County and State levels. He is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys I have ever known. More importantly, he knows how to win cases. He has the rare ability to see the field clearly. He knows what needs to be done, who needs to be involved, and he knows how to network with the right people to get the job done. John is one of the most honest and thoughtful people I have had the pleasure of dealing with. You never have to wonder if he has ulterior motives, he doesn't. He is 100% committed to his client, no ifs ands or butts.
House of Representatives, State of Utah
John Howard has assisted me in a number of legal matters over the last several years, including several new business formations. I consider him to be an outstanding attorney who has great talent, exceptional knowledge of the law, and a rich skill set. I would recommend him without hesitation.
JD Imaging, Inc.
I've had JW Howard Attorneys handle several corporate law matters and contract disputes all with great results. Highly recommend him and his team.
Real Estate Investment Company
John has been a friend and customer of our former wine business (unfortunately closed due to Covid) for a many years. He has always taken an interest in seeing us succeed, been supportive of our business and has served as a mentor when needed. We were recently named in a civil ADA complaint (literally after we closed) and John and his office took their time to identify how to work to get the case dismissed without too much trouble. He is someone you can trust, with great attention to detail!
Truly Fine Wines
I was first introduced to the law firm of John W Howard Attorneys by a long trusted associate and former Mayor of San Diego. From our first meeting to present, I have been impressed with their experience and knowledge of the law. John Howard's excellent skills as a litigator are legendary. For more than 20 years, John Howard & his associates at the JWH Attorneys firm have successfully handled all of our legal needs. Highly recommend their services.
Chief Executive Officer
John Howard was very responsive to our requests. Not only is he a very skilled litigator (he wins), but he communicates strategy and options thoroughly and in a way we could understand, so that we could make good decisions. He was always concerned about what litigation costs, so his fees are very reasonable and he is worth every penny. After using other higher priced lawyers and firms, John and his associates were a breath of fresh air. On top of this, he was far and away the most effective lawyer we have ever engaged. We recommend John and his firm without qualification.
KC Funding, Inc.
I have known John Howard over 25 years , He has been involve with several litigation cases for our firm , in addition to great result , John is a tremendous human being, he is companionate & great American . It has been my pleasure & honor knowing him.
Senior Vice President
Mr. John Howard is an Ultimate attorney in law. We know Mr. Howard for over 20 years and he has been very helpful as a professional legal advisor in every aspect of our businesses. He is very kind and friendly and highly knowledgeable of our legal system and very well connected. Most importantly,John is very honest and trust worthy not only in legal matters but also in financial dealings. It is also important to mention his ability to deal with international community and being well accepted by businessmen and institutions in foreign countries. Both myself and my entire family are grateful in knowing Mr. John Howard and honored to call him a friend indeed.
Cloud Constellation Corporation
John W. Howard is an excellent Attorney who has represented my wife and I and our various business interests for over 15 years. He has always gone the extra mile and done an outstanding job for us, even on weekends. He is very knowledgeable, reliable, responsive and professional in his dealings with us as clients. He has represented us with a variety of issues from setting up corporations, resolving disputes, handling complex real estate transactions and settling lawsuits in our favor. He is an attorney who "thinks outside the box" to come up with viable and effective solutions to complex problems. I recommend John highly to anyone seeking a competent, knowledgeable, and pro-active attorney and winning problem solver.
In the News
Principle, not politics
San Diego Union-Tribune, November 16, 2004
"John Howard is a man of massive integrity. There’s not many like him."
Bold Plan Seeks To Wrest Control Of Federal Land
New York Times, April 8, 1995
"John Howard is a hero to ranchers and loggers in Otero County, New Mexico."
Sweet Land of Liberty
The Washington Post, January 1, 1994 by Nat Hentoff,
"John Howard brandished the First Amendment as if it were Excalibur...[He] takes particular pleasure in battling politically correct administrators who cut down the free expression rights of students and professors."
Taming Political Correctness
Investor’s Business Daily, May 16, 1994
"Howard acted decisively...Even outside California, Howard’s efforts can produce similar results."
Campus Speech Codes Are Being Shot Down
Wall Street Journal, December 22, 1993
"So Phi Kappa Sigma got a lawyer...John Howard...The victory is perhaps the most dramatic to date in a slew of recent successful challenges to campus speech codes..."
Campus Speech Wars
Insight, January 24, 1994
"The pro bono lawyer leading the cause, John Howard, has 14 such cases pending...Once the university and its attorneys learned that the fraternity intended to make its case on constitutional grounds, the school signaled it wanted to settle."
Free-speech "vigilante" nemesis of campus PC
"The Washington Times, March 29, 1993
California State University Northridge suspended Zeta Beta Tau. "Enter Mr. Howard, San Diego attorney, constitutional law expert and self-described "First Amendment vigilante". Working with the fraternity’s attorney, he filed a lawsuit against the university....It worked. How important was Howard’s decision to sue? ‘Let’s just say it got our attention.’ said CSUN attorney Jessica Frazier.’...To fraternity members, College Republicans, libertarians and First Amendment purists, John Howard is a knight in shining armor."