Phillip S. Howell

Phillip S. Howell: Attorney with Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith A Professional Law Corporation AV stamp icon
  • Director at Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith A Professional Law Corporation (112 Attorneys)
  • 400 N. Ashley Drive, Suite 1000, Tampa, FL 33602
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  • Phillip S. Howell (Director) practices in the area of commercial litigation with an emphasis on business and real estate disputes, construction liens and defects, first-party insurance, and professional negligence defense in federal and state courts. Phillip has represented diverse businesses to resolve their disputes through the most efficient means possible, from informal negotiations, mediation and arbitration, to litigation and trial. Phillip also handles appellate matters and has successfully argued before the Florida Supreme Court.

    Phillip has represented attorneys, certified public accountants and other professionals in professional negligence litigation, and developers, design professionals, contractors, and materials manufacturers and suppliers in construction litigation in state and federal courts. He has presented seminars on Florida construction law and professional liability. Although Phillip’s litigation practice has consisted primarily of commercial matters, he has defended personal injury and wrongful death claims in maritime, products liability and general negligence claims.

    In addition to litigation matters, Phillip has handled a broad range of transactional matters, including business and commercial real property sales and purchases, re-financing, defeasance and foreclosures. He is well-versed in corporate formation, governance and tax matters. Before practicing law, Phillip practiced public accounting and continues to maintain his license as a Florida Certified Public Accountant, a designation he has held since 1991. Phillip also is admitted to the United States Tax Court.

    Examples of Phillip's experience include:

    Representation of national restaurant chain franchisee in complex business litigation matters involving $11 million dollar business purchase and related long-term real property leases.

    Representation of developer in $7 million dollar foreclosure action, and related matters, including possible Florida DEP violations.

    Representation of major insurance companies in first-party, multi-million dollar breach of contract and bad faith litigation involving commercial property and condominiums.

    Representation of lawyers, accountants, appraisers, insurance agents and real estate agents in professional negligence matters.

    Representation of developers and contractors in commercial construction defect and lien law matters.

    Representation of an owner in connection with a $9 million dollar defeasance transaction.

    Representation of high net worth individuals concerning estate planning and asset protection.

    Representation of Individuals and Companies in Federal and State tax matters.

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Biography

Phillip S. Howell (Director) practices in the areas of commercial and insurance litigation with an emphasis on first-party insurance, maritime, general negligence, construction defect and professional negligence defense in federal and state courts. Phillip has represented diverse businesses to resolve their disputes through the most efficient means possible, from informal negotiations, mediation and arbitration, to litigation and trial. Phillip also handles appellate matters and has successfully argued before the Florida Supreme Court.

Phillip regularly defends clients in maritime, products liability and general negligence claims. Phillip represents insurance companies, design professionals, contractors, materials manufacturers and suppliers in litigation in state and federal courts. He also regularly defends other professionals, including lawyers and accountants in professional liability matters. Phillip also handles fire, explosion, and catastrophic damage cases on behalf of insurers, manufacturers, and equipment testing companies, requiring detailed forensic investigations and responses to regulatory investigators. Additionaly, Phillip frequently defends property insurance insurers throughout Florida, and has developed effective strategies to assist in resolving claims and lawsuits promptly, when possible, and in defeating attorney fee entitlement and limiting unreasonable attorney fee awards. If a claim cannot be resolved reasonably, Phillip has the trial experience insurers depend upon.

Phillip often presents seminars on Florida construction law, professional liability and general negligence law. He is “AV” rated by his peers from Martindale Hubbell, noted for his high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability. In addition to litigation matters, Phillip has handled a broad range of transactional matters, including business and commercial real property sales and purchases, re-financing, defeasance and foreclosures. He is well-versed in corporate formation, governance and tax matters. Before practicing law, Phillip practiced public accounting and continues to maintain his license as a Florida Certified Public Accountant, a designation he has held since 1991. Phillip also is admitted to the United States Tax Court.

Examples of Phillip’s experience include:

•Representation of major insurance companies in first-party, multi-million dollar breach of contract and bad faith litigation involving commercial property and condominiums.
•Representation of lawyers, accountants, appraisers, insurance agents and real estate agents in professional negligence matters.
•Representation of developers and contractors in commercial construction defect and lien law matters.
•Representation of national restaurant chain franchisee in complex business litigation matters involving 11 million dollar business purchase and related long-term real property leases.
•Representation of developer in 7 million dollar foreclosure action, and related matters, including possible Florida DEP violations.
•Representation of an owner in connection with a 9 million dollar defeasance transaction.
•Representation of Individuals and Companies in Federal and State tax matters.

NEWS

•Feb 13
Tampa Attorneys Phillip Howell and Maggie Potter Obtain Complete Defense Verdict in Multi-Party Personal Injury/Premises Liability Case

Areas of Practice (12)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Defense & Coverage
  • Litigation
  • Maritime & Admiralty
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Title Litigation
  • Trucking & Transportation
  • Insurance

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
813-977-1200  Phone
813-977-1288  Fax
www.gjtbs.com
University Attended:
University of West Florida, B.A., Accounting, 1987
Law School Attended:
South Texas College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2000
Year of First Admission:
2000
Admission:
United States District Courts Northern, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; United States Tax Court; 2000, Florida
Memberships:

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Florida Certified Public Accountant License, 1991

Hillsborough Bar Association

Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants

National Association for Industrial and Office Properties, State Board Member and Florida Secretary

ISLN:
915760174

Peer Reviews

Tampa, Florida

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