JW Howard Attorneys SAN DIEGO

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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Practice Areas


We are trial lawyers. It is our object to win and we do.


Federalism is the bedrock of American freedom.

Constitutional Law

The Charter of Freedom. The beating heart of American justice.

Corporate Transactions

Expert advice in negotiating and skill in drafting documents is critical to success

Preventative Law

The most successful lawsuits are often those that are never filed.

Eminent Domain

The government has the power to forcibly take private property for a public use.

Corporate Governance

Corporate governance is among the most neglected aspects of corporate management but it is among the most important.

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What Our Clients Say


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."