Howie is an experienced trial attorney in the firm’s Winston-Salem office. His clients look to him as their trusted legal advisor on a wide array of issues – not just active litigation, but daily operations, marketing strategy, brand enhancement, and best practices for avoiding litigation.

The primary focus of his practice is on the defense of individual and class action product liability cases, consumer fraud claims, and the prosecution and defense of other complex commercial cases. Since 2010, Howie has worked extensively on R.J. Reynolds’ Engle-progeny trial teams in Florida, both inside the courtroom and through every phase of the litigation process.

Additionally, Howie has tried jury and non-jury cases before North Carolina trial courts, argued before the North Carolina and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeals, defended and taken depositions in numerous jurisdictions, and handled the full range of pre-trial and dispositive motions in cases ranging from personal injury to complex environmental matters.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Howie was a Presbyterian minister. He remains very active in the church and is involved in a number of civic activities when he is not practicing law.

Publications

  • Advertorial Advertising and the Commercial Speech Doctrine, 25 WAKE FOREST L. REV. 861 (1990).
  • Liability for CERCLA Cleanup Costs - Are Insurers the Victims of Judicial Activism?, 26 WAKE FOREST L. REV 221 (1991).

Civic and Professional Activities

  • Member, Forsyth County Bar Association and North Carolina Bar Association – Litigation Section
  • Standing Judicial Commission of the Presbyterian Church in America, 2004-2012
  • Church Growth Coordinator, Piedmont Triad Presbytery, 2009-2010
  • Organizing Pastor, Summer Oaks Presbyterian Church, 2003-2009
  • Presbytery Coordinator, Piedmont Triad Presbytery, 2001-2003
  • Executive Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 1998-2001
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Bar admissions

2014, Florida

1991, North Carolina

Education

  • M.A.T.S., 2002, Reformed Theological Seminary
  • J.D., 1991, Wake Forest University School of Law
    • cum laude
    • Editorial Staff, Wake Forest Law Review
    • Order of Barristers
  • B.A., 1981, Wake Forest University: Religion