John M. Howe

John M. Howe

AV Rated Attorney John M. Howe will personally direct every aspect of your case. You deserve to know what qualifies John Howe to represent you.

Areas of Practice:

  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Criminal Defense
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Immigration Law


A native of West Palm Beach, Florida, John Howe completed high school at The King’s Academy. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Loyola University of New Orleans in 1994. He then advanced to the University of Florida where he was dually enrolled in the College of Business and the Levin College of Law and concurrently earned Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees in 1997 and 1998, respectively.

Professional Practice and Reputation:

John M. Howe is well-known and well-respected attorney as a leader in Palm Beach County’s legal and civic community. He is a Past President of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. When he was installed as the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s 89th president in 2011, he became the first African-American to serve in that capacity. He was recognized by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida as a Legal Trailblazer in the South Florida region. He was also named by Legacy Palm Beach Magazine and one South Florida’s 25 Most Influential Blacks in Business. Of Jamaican descent, he was also recognized by ICABA™ Salutes as one of South Florida’s 100 Most Accomplished Caribbean Americans.

John Howe is an experienced trial attorney with over 20 years of experience pursuing justice for individuals and families who have been devastated by serious or fatal injuries, due the negligence of others. He enforces the Constitution’s presumption of innocence and champions the cause of liberty for those who stand accused of committing crimes. He also defends the business interests of individuals and corporations involved in business disputes and provides counsel on how they might avoid litigation. John Howe also assists families seeking relief in various types of immigration matters.

As a former County Court Division Chief and Felony-Level Trial Attorney with the Public Defender’s Office for the 15th Judicial Circuit, John Howe represented thousands of clients charged with committing crimes ranging from minor drug and traffic crimes to homicide. Today, he represents individual individuals, families and organizations in civil and criminal matters, both in the state and federal courts. However, beyond his formidable legal skills, John Howe’s abilities as a listener and compassionate advocate is what his clients value most.

“The practice of law is about connecting with people. In order to effectively serve my clients, I listen closely to them first to understand the uniqueness of their cases and how their lives have been impacted. Listening is the first step in crafting an effective strategy to pursue the justice my clients deserve.” He continued, “Seeking justice for my clients, to me, is always a fight worth fighting.”

Professional Memberships, Service and Leadership Honors:

The Florida Bar

  • Admitted to Practice 1998
  • W. Reese Smith Leadership Academy Committee, Appointed 2014
  • Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee, Appointed 2013
  • W. Reese Smith Leadership Academy – Class I, Fellow 2013, Graduate 2014
  • Constitutional Judiciary Committee, Appointed 2010
  • Member Outreach Committee, Appointed 2007
  • Lawyer Professionalism Council

Palm Beach County Bar Association

  • President, 2011-2012
  • Board Member, 2006-2013
  • Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, Co-Founder and Co-Chair
  • 1916 Historical Courthouse and Museum Attorney/Judicial Docent Training Program, Chair

Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Past President
Legal Aid Society of the Palm Beaches, Board of Directors
Urban League of Palm Beach County, Board of Directors
Historical Society of the Palm Beaches, Board of Directors
Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, Board of Directors


Leadership Palm Beach County, Class of 2013
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Bar Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Hispanic Bar Association of the Palm Beaches
Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association
F. Malcolm Cunningham Bar Association
Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary
Gator Club of the Palm Beaches
Florida Supreme Court Justice Teaching Program, Pahokee Elementary School
Palm Beach Lakes High School Law Magnate Program

John Howe believes in giving back to the community in a variety of ways, including volunteerism and through contributions of his time, pro bono services and monetary contributions. John Howe is proud to have returned to serve the people of Palm Beach County and the State of Florida.

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