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Stephen W Howard

Stephen W Howard

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Estate Planning, Appeals

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About Me

Stephen Howard is a seasoned trial attorney, advocate, negotiator, and problem solver.  In the last decade, he has had more courtroom experience than most attorneys will see in their entire careers.  Whatever your legal problem, there is a chance that you may end up defending your position in court.  Hiring an attorney at the outset who has real courtroom experience can help ensure that your case is properly prepared.  Stephen Howard has successfully represented clients in everything from preliminary negotiations to pre-trial motions to jury trials to appeal.  He has the experience to get the results that his clients need.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1999

  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    16 years, 3.5 thousand cases
  2. Estate Planning: 25%
    5 years
  3. Appeals: 5%
    16 years



Hourly ($175-250/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Sean B Druyon

    Stephen and I are currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, which has over 500 members. Stephen always provides valuable insights to the other board members which greatly helps us make important decisions that affect the rest of our membership. He is very intelligent and is very cautious before he renders an opinion, which is a very valuable trait; you know that when he renders an opinion it is well thought out and well supported by case law and the Utah Code. He is also very personable and can connect with people almost instantly, so a great balance of intelligence and relatability.


    Sean Druyon DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Stephen. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
MemberNational Order of BarristersN/A
Medal for Excellence in AdvocacyAmerican College of Trial LawyersN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Member / PartnerCrippen & Cline, LC2010 - Present
Trial AttorneySalt Lake Legal Defender1999 - 2010
Senior Appellate Law ClerkSalt Lake Legal Defender Assoc.1998 - 1999
Law ClerkUnited States Attorney's Office for Utah1998 - 1998
Law ClerkUtah Third District Court1997 - 1997
Teaching and Research AssistantJ. Reuben Clark Law School Brigham Young Univ.1996 - 1996


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Utah Association of Criminal Defense LawyersTreasurer2014 - 2015
Criminal Law Section - Utah State BarN/A2014 - 2015
Utah Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Estate Planning Section - Utah State BarMember2011 - Present
National Association of Drug Court ProfessionalsN/A2007 - 2011
Statewide DORA Oversight CommitteeN/A2007 - 2010
Utah Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member1999 - Present
Utah State Bar AssociationN/A1999 - Present
J. Reuben Clark Law SocietyN/A1999 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Motion to SuppressGranted - Case Dismissed
DUIConviction Reversed on Appeal
Probation ViolationProbation Reinstated

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor, cum laude1999
Brigham Young UniversityN/ABachelor1995

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Utah Victim Assistance AcademyDefense Counsel's Role2010