Brad K. Howell is a trial lawyer with extensive experience in the areas of products liability, catastrophic personal injury, statutory indemnity, toxic tort, and commercial litigation. Brad has handled litigation in state and federal courts throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Florida, West Virginia, and New Jersey.
Brad has dedicated his career to trial law. During his last year in law school, Brad was selected to chair the Board of Advocates which facilitates the school’s advocacy training and trial competitions. To date, his law school — South Texas College of Law — has won more than twice as many national advocacy competitions than any other law school in the country.
After graduating from law school in 1999, Brad joined an established trial firm in downtown Houston. Only weeks after earning his law license, Brad took his first case to trial and won a favorable verdict for his client.
Not even a full year into his practice, Brad joined a distinguished trial practice which afforded him an opportunity to further sharpen his skills. During that year, Brad was on a team that tried high-stakes, personal injury cases in Kansas, Colorado, and Texas. One case involved a demand for $130 million; however, after a three-week trial and a full day of deliberations, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Brad’s client — a Fortune 50 multinational corporation.
Brad continued to achieve many more victories in the courtroom before he was hired as a partner at one of the largest law firms in the country. Within weeks of joining that firm, he was back in the courtroom, trying a catastrophic personal injury products liability lawsuit. After a two-week trial, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Brad’s client. Over the eight years that followed, Brad served as trial counsel for one of the world’s largest heavy equipment manufacturers.
Toxic and Mass Tort:
- First-chair trial counsel in a lawsuit involving catastrophic personal injury. Successfully defended a heavy equipment manufacturer and its dealer against theories of strict products liability and negligence. Helped draft the appellate brief and prepare for oral argument at the Second Court of Appeals of Texas. Judgment was unanimously affirmed on appeal. Contemporaneously with state court appeal, the plaintiff filed a derivative cause of action in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, against the clients. Cited several legal defenses, including doctrines of res judicata and collateral estoppel. Obtained judgment in favor of the clients, disposing of federal court action.
- Successfully defended an international manufacturer and domestic seller in a wrongful death, products liability action. Helped try the case to verdict. After a lengthy trial, the jury unanimously found in favor of the defense.
- Defended a heavy equipment manufacturer in a wrongful death, multiparty lawsuit. Won summary judgment on multiple theories of liability, including design defect, failure to warn, failure to test and breach of implied warranty. Following final disposition of the underlying case, a component part manufacturer filed a companion case against the manufacturer, seeking statutory indemnity. Won second summary judgment for the manufacturer on statutory cause of action.
- Successfully defended a heavy equipment manufacturer and dealer in dozens of toxic and mass tort cases filed by more than 1,000 plaintiffs in state courts throughout East Texas. Won summary judgment and secured nonsuits of hundreds of claims involving personal injuries allegedly caused by exposure to asbestos, solvents, silica, diesel fumes and welding fumes.
- Won summary judgments and secured nonsuits of more than 100 claims involving personal injuries allegedly caused by repetitive trauma during the operation of various pieces of heavy earthmoving equipment.
- Second-chair trial counsel for an environmental consulting firm involved in a case alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and tortious interference with contractual relations. The jury returned a $3 million verdict in favor of the client, including an award of exemplary damages. Helped draft the appellate brief and prepare for oral argument at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judgment was unanimously affirmed on appeal.