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Michael Lai Howard

also known as Mike Howard

About me

Mike Howard, Dallas criminal lawyer, tirelessly and aggressively advocates for his clients. A graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law and a former president of the Dallas ACLU, a former board member of the ACLU of Texas, a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Dallas Bar Association, Mike Howard has both the education and the real world experience necessary to defend you against serious criminal charges. Whether your case is dismissed, reduced, goes to trial, or is worked out by a plea bargain, Mike Howard, Dallas criminal lawyer will fight to protect your rights and do everything possible to keep this from damaging your family, home life, or future.

Mike Howard, Dallas criminal lawyer knows that facing criminal charges can be incredibly stressful. He takes the time to support and advise you at every step because he believes his clients have a right to fully understand their cases and how they will affect their lives. He practices the law as a profession, not as a business, which means treating you with integrity and compassion is more important to him than simply making money. 


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    11 years, 3 thousand cases



Fixed (always), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

13 total 

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  • John B. Elbert

    Mike is an excellent and dedicated attorney. He works tirelessly for his clients and has great results. I have no hesitation in endorsing him.


    John Elbert Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Ray L. Vela

    I have known Mike Hoard for many years. Mike is a bright, hard working, honest lawyer. If you or a family member are in the need of a criminal defense lawyer, Mike is a great choice. I endorse this lawyer.


    Ray Vela Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Law Office of Mike Howard, PLLC

6060 N. Central Expressway
Suite 500
Dallas, TX, 75206


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200408/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 10 Under 40National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2015
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Client Satisfaction - 10 Best Under 40American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2015
Superb Rating, Top Attorney Criminal DefenseAvvo2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Law Office of Mike Howard2009 - Present
AttorneyHoward & Woodruff, LLC2008 - 2009
Assistant Public DefenderDallas County Public Defender's Office2005 - 2008
Staff AttorneyLegal Aid of NorthWest Texas2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Associationmember2010 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Associationmember2006 - Present
American Civil Liberties Union of TexasDallas Chapter President2005 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Texas vs. Mossie BondsDismissed
State of Texas vs. Jonas LittrellNot Guilty
State of Texas vs. Prentice McKinneyNot Guilty
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
First Thursday CLEUtilizing Technology in Your Practice2014
ACLU (Dallas Chapter) Know Your Rights PresentationKnow Your Rights2007