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Since becoming an attorney in 1978, Bruce Howie has represented over 2,500 citizens accused of criminal offenses in the Tampa Bay area and has been the lead or sole trial attorney in 121 criminal jury trials in state and federal court, most of them felonies, in addition to hundreds of non-jury trials and hearings.  He has argued criminal appeals before the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Second District Court of Appeal, and the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and is also a member of the bar for the United States Supreme Court.  Bruce Howie has been a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer since 1988.  He is a former adjunct professor of consitutional law at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.  This background over the past 33 years makes him one of the most experienced criminal defense attorneys in the Tampa Bay area. 


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



Hourly ($250-300/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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    I endorse this lawyer. His answers on AVVO display his exemplary knowledge and committment to those accused of criminal conduct. He is knowledgable, professional and I would refer any clients in the clear water area to him.


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Contact info

13577 Feather Sound Drive
13577 Feather Sound Dr Ste 550
Clearwater, Florida, 337625527


FLMember in Good Standing197806/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Gardner Beckett Civil Liberties AwardPinellas County ACLU2008
Clearwater Bar Association Service AwardClearwater Bar Association1994
Justinian AwardClearwater Bar Association Auxiliary1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBruce G. Howie, P.A.2006 - Present
PartnerPiper Ludin Howie & Werner, P.A.1993 - 2005
Associate attorneyBattaglia, Ross, Dicus & Wein, P.A.1988 - 1993
Associate attorneyTanney Forde Donahey Eno & Tanney, P.A.1985 - 1988
Assistant Public DefenderOffice of the Public Defender1978 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
St. Petersburg Bar AssociationFormer executive committee member, section chair1988 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember1986 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. Sami Al-ArianGhassan Ballut was found not guilty on all counts.
State of Florida v. T.M.The juvenile curfew law was ruled unconsitutional.
B.S. v. State of FloridaA bad state law was found unconstitutional.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1978
Harvard CollegeGovernment and International AffairsA.B. cum laude1975