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Benjamin Howard was born in Brainerd, Minnesota. He attended the United States Military Academy, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Mr. Howard received his Masters in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Howard attended University of Iowa College of Law, where he was President of the Hammond Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, an honorary legal fraternity.

Mr. Howard worked as a law clerk at Neil Dymott before he joined as an associate in 2005. In 2007, he was awarded the "Distinguished Young Attorney Award" by the San Diego Defense Lawyers Association for his professionalism and dedication to excellence. Mr. Howard was also recognized by the San Diego Daily Transcript as one San Diego's “Young Attorneys” in 2007 and 2010. In 2009, he was elected to serve on the San Diego Defense Lawyer's Board of Directors and in 2011, he was voted President-Elect for 2012. Mr. Howard’s practice areas include general and professional liability matters, personal injury and the defense of medical malpractice claims.

In addition to his legal career, Mr. Howard served in the United States Army for five years as an Infantry officer. Following graduation from the United States Military Academy, Mr. Howard served as Company Executive Officer at the Presidio in Monterey, California. From 1998 to 2001, he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and the Battalion Adjutant in Hohenfels, Germany. He was also selected to brief and escort visiting U.S. and foreign dignitaries.  Mr. Howard is also a recipient of the Airborne and Air Assault Badges, as well as the coveted Ranger Tab.


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 60%
    10 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 10%
  4. Appeals: 5%
    10 years

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  • Harlan Joseph Zaback

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  • Patrick Joseph Kearns

    Ben is an excellent and exceptionally hard working attorney and is well respected in both the defense and plaintiff's bar. Ben provides his clients with a thorough and thoughtful defense and has a passion for his work that is increasingly rare these days.


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Contact info

Neil, Dymott, Frank, McFall & Trexler APLC

1010 Second Avenue Suite 2500
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
2010 Young Attorney FinalistSan Diego Daily Transcript2010
2007 Outstanding New LawyerSan Diego Defense Lawyers2007
2007 Young Attorney NomineeSan Diego Daily Transcript2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
CaptainU.S. Army1996 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Diego Defense Lawyers AssociationMember, President2013 - 2014
San Diego Association for Healthcare Risk ManagementMember2005 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
M.D. News, June 2007 San Diego Edition, Vol. 2 No. 3“The Envelope Please: Why the Date and Address on a 90-day Letter of Intent to Sue is Important to Your Defense”2007
The San Diego Defense Lawyers’ Update“They Say He Parted Well and Paid His Score: Examining Junior Attorney Retention"2006
San Diego County Bar Association’s Career IssueProfiled: "Beyond Conventional Wisdom: The Tale of a Successful Job Search”2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of OklahomaN/AMA - Masters2001
United States Military AcademyN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MCLE PresentationLizards, Snakes, and Reptiles, Oh My!: Countering Plaintiff’s Emerging Trial Theories2013
MCLE PresentationIdentifying and Nullifying Plaintiff's "Reptile Mind" Strategy2012
MCLE PresentationProducts Liability Practicum2012
MCLE PresentationHowell's Impact on Post-Verdict Motions2010
San Diego County Bar Association’s Law Student Welcome"How to Obtain a Summer Clerkship"2007