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    Thomas J. Howell

    Thomas Howell has been practicing law in Texas since his graduation from Southern Methodist School of Law in 1975. He has been engaged in private practice since1987. Previously Mr. Howell served as in-house counsel for Mobil Oil Corporation and for two other New York Stock Exchange – listed energy companies.

    His law practice concentrates on business and oil and gas, representing both companies and individuals. Mr. Howell often acts as the quarterback or general counsel for small businesses so that if a legal matter arises, he can direct them on the proper course, even if he or his firm won’t be legal counsel. He was Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Specialization in 1986, the first year this certification was offered. Mr. Howell also does estate planning and probate work.

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    American Association of Petroleum Landmen, Member

    Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association, Member

    Dallas Association of Petroleum Landmen, Associate, Member

    State Bar of Texas- Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section, Member

    State Bar of Texas- Business Law Section, Member

    State Bar of Texas- Corporate Counsel Section, Member

    State Bar of Texas- Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, Member

    Dallas Bar Association- Energy Law Section, Member

    Dallas Bar Association- Corporate Counsel Section, Member

    Dallas Bar Association- Probate, Trusts and Estate Section, Member

    Dallas Bar Association, Securities Section, Member

    Civic and Other Activities

    Present Activities:
    Board Member- Cedar Mill HOA

    Member, North Highlands Bible Church

    Benevolence Committee, North Highlands Bible Church

    U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association

    Past Activities:
    U.S. Naval Academy Blue & Gold Officer, assisting with admissions

    Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps (retired as 0-6)

    Member, Small Business Council of Greater Dallas Chamber

    Congressman Pete Session’s Service Academy Selection Board

    Congressman Sam Johnson’s Service Academy Selection Board

    Committee Chairman, Boy Scout Troop 777

    Board Member, Hispanic Youth Foundation

    Contact Thomas Directly

    Phone: 214.884.4811
    Email: tjhlaw@outlook.com

    DISCLOSURE: No engagement or attorney-client relationship will formed between you or your business, on the one hand, and Howell & Willingham, on the other hand, unless and until (a) Howell & Willingham, PLLC has initiated a conflict check; (b) any potential conflict has been disclosed and resolved; (c) the terms of Howell & Willingham, PLLC’s engagement are agreed upon and memorialized in an engagement letter (and any ancillary documents); (d) that engagement letter is fully signed; and (e) a retainer in the agreed-upon amount in the engagement letter has been received by Howell & Willingham, PLLC.

    Honors and Awards

    Past Chairman- Corporate Counsel Section of the Dallas Bar

    Captain – Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps (Retired)

    Certified Legal Specialties

    Oil, Gas and Mineral Law (1986-1995) Texas Board of Legal Specialization


    Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas J.D. – 1975

    United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland B.S. – 1965

    Honors: Chosen Company commander in charge of approximately 100 Midshipmen; selected for Admiral Rickover’s Nuclear Power Program

    Major: Marine Engineering