Michael Lai Howard

Michael Lai Howard

Dedicated legal representation centered around your needs.
  • Criminal Law, Personal Injury
  • Texas
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I grew up in Dallas and have lived in Texas all my life. Most people say they go to law school to "make a difference," but I actually walked the walk. After graduating from SMU Dedman School of Law, I began my career at Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas fighting for Dallas's homeless population, standing up against slumlords, and businesses that take advantage of Dallas's most vulnerable citizens. From there I went to the Public Defender's Office where I represented people who couldn't afford an attorney who were facing criminal charges. During my time as an assistant public defender I rose through the ranks and handled all sorts of criminal cases ranging from misdemeanors to the highest level felonies (including capital murder where the state seeks the death penalty). I left the PD's Office when I realized that the staggeringly large caseloads made it so that I didn't have the time to represent people the way I knew they deserved. I left the PD's Office and opened my own law firm so I could represent people my way. Recently, I've added a personal injury practice to my firm.

Above all, I strive to help my clients through difficult times with compassion and integrity. I believe in standing up for people and helping them navigate all that comes with being thrown into the legal system. I focus on my clients as individuals. Taking the time to understand not just the facts of their case, but who they are and what they need is important to me. I know the legal system can be intimidating. Therefore, I explain the process, their legal rights, and their options. Client communication is extremely important to me. My team and I do everything possible to quickly answer questions and return messages. Most importantly, I am willing to fight a case in court. My history of getting great results for clients is something I’m very proud of. When your lawyer has a reputation as someone willing to fight a case in court, it can make all the difference in the world.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Video Conferencing
  • Google Meet
  • GoToMeeting
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Zoom
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of Texas
ID Number: 24047384
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SMU Dedman School of Law
J.D. (2004) | Law
Honors: Cum Laude
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Texas Tech University - Texas Tech University
B.A. (2001) | Humanities, History, Philosophy
Honors: Magne Cum Laude
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Professional Associations
National Crimianl Defense Lawyers Association
- Current
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Tarrant County Crimianl Defense Lawyers Association
- Current
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Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- Current
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Contact & Map
The Law Office of Mike Howard, PLLC
3010 LBJ Freeway, Suite 1200
Dallas, TX 75234
Telephone: (214) 296-2221
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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