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Thomas H Howlett

also known as Thomas Howlett, Tom Howlett

About me

Tom Howlett vigorously pursues cases for people and families harmed by others' misconduct, undertaking both individual lawsuits and class actions.  His primary areas of focus are professional negligence (medical malpractice and legal malpractice), catastrophic injury, civil rights (wrongful convictions), and consumer class actions.


Tom also works hard to serve the profession and public.  Currently, he serves as immediate past president of the Oakland County Bar Association, Michigan's largest voluntary bar association. in 2016, he was recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of 30 Leaders in the Law in the State of Michigan. 


Tom has practiced law in Washington, D.C., Michigan and in state and federal courts across the country since 1990. He joined The Googasian Firm, P.C., in 1998, and he serves as our firm's chief operating officer. Tom graduated from Harvard College (A.B. cum laude, 1984) and University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1990). Prior to law school, he was a reporter for The Dallas Morning News.


From 1990 to 1991, Tom served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Douglas W. Hillman, then-Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. From 1995 to 1997, Tom and his family lived in the Republic of Palau in the western Pacific, where Tom served as Assistant Attorney General and Counsel to the President for that new island nation. From 2000 to 2005, Tom served as chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Law and the Media Committee. Since 2005, he has served as a board member of the Oakland County Bar Association, where he currently serves as president and previously  chaired the membership committee. In 2007 and again in 2013, he received the OCBA’s Distinguished Service Award.


In every year since 2006, Tom has been recognized as one of Michigan’s Super Lawyers. He also has received the highest, “AV” peer review rating from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. Tom was recently profiled in Motion magazine.


He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the District of Columbia Bar (inactive) and the State Bar of Texas (inactive), as well as the American Bar Association, the American Association of Justice and the Michigan Association of Justice.


Practice areas


  1. Wrongful Death: 20%
    4 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    4 years
  3. Medical Malpractice: 20%
    4 years
  4. Class Action: 20%
    4 years
  5. Ethics: 20%



Contingent (33%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Joseph A. Lavigne

    Tom is truly among the best attorneys in any field anywhere in the country. He is hard working, exceptionally well prepared, and dedicated to outstanding results for his clients. I have had the pleasure of working with him on a number of cases involving clients in common and have seen first hand how hard he works to achieve the best possible results for his clients. His considerable skills are only exceeded by the fact that he is a true gentleman and a complete professional to deal with. He is the kind of attorney other lawyers emulate and is the one you want by your side when the chips are down.


    Joseph Lavigne Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Anthony P. Patti

    I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly. Tom Howlett is a truly outstanding attorney; in fact, one of the best in the state. He is intellectually brilliant, well-spoken, personable and professional. He aggressively represents his client's interests and is well respected by the courts.


    Anthony Patti Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

The Googasian Firm, P.C.

6895 Telegraph Rd
Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48301


MIActive And In Good Standing199705/14/2016
DCInactive 199207/06/2016
TXNot Eligible to Practice - Administrative199007/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distinguished Service AwardOakland County Bar Association2013
Distinguished Service AwardOakland County Bar Association2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThe Googasian Firm1998 - Present
AssociateLevine Sullivan & Koch1997 - 1997
Assistant Attorney General & Counselor to PresidentRepublic Of Palau1995 - 1997
AssociateRoss, Dixon & Masback1991 - 1995
Judicial Law ClerkThe Hon. Douglas W. Hillman, chief judge, U.S. District Court for Western District of Michigan1990 - 1991
Post-Graduate InternLos Angeles Times1984 - 1984
ReporterThe Dallas Morning News1984 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Law Practice DivisionCommittee Member2014 - Present
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellow2013 - Present
Oakland County Bar AssociationDirector2005 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1998 - Present
Michigan Association for JusticeMember1998 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1997 - Present
Oakland County Bar AssociationPresident2014 - 2015
Oakland County Bar AssociationPresident-Elect2013 - 2014
Oakland County Bar AssociationVice President2012 - 2013
State Bar of Michigan, Law and the Media CommitteeChair2011 - 2014
Oakland County Bar AssociationTreasurer2011 - 2012
Oakland County Bar AssociationSecretary2010 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bobbitt v. Academy of Court ReportingSettlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Laches (OCBA)The Future is Now2015
Laches (OCBA)Promoting the Interests of the Legal Profession2014
American Association for Justice (AAJ)Use of "Branding" and Other Marketing Efforts in Personal Injury Litigation: Two Case Studies2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Harvard CollegeHistoryA.B.1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Oakland County Bar AssociationAgenda Ahead2014
University of Michigan School of Public PolicyFor-Profit Colleges2011