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Joseph Howington was born in 1951 in the state of Texas. He was educated in Southern California, graduating in 1973 from California State University Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in History and in 1974 with a Secondary Teaching Credential. He was an educator at both the elementary and secondary levels as well as a high school athletic coach prior to entering the practice of law.

Mr. Howington received his Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law in 1978 and was admitted to the California Bar in 1979. He is a Certified Family Law Specialist with a private practice in Ontario and the owner of the firm Howington and Associates.

Mr. Howington is a member of The Association of Certified Family Law Specialists for California, The East West Family Law Council (President from 2008-2009), The Orange County Bar Association Family Law Section, The San Bernardino County Bar Association and The State Bar of California. He is admitted to practice in The State of California, The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, The California Supreme Court, The United States Bankruptcy Court Central District and The United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Howington is a frequent lecturer as well as author of articles on family law topics. He also regularly serves as Judge Pro Tem for Los Angeles and San Bernardino County courts.

Mr. Howington and his wife Bobbie (a Registered Nurse) have been married for 33 years are parents of a 24 year old daughter, Ashleigh, a student in the Master's Program of Speech Pathology at Cal State University Fullerton.


Howington & Associates is a family law firm dedicated to providing legal service to the Inland Empire and adjacent communities.

We specialize in managing divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, paternity actions and high asset cases.

Howington & Associates maintains a reputation of passionate and thoughtful representation, all the while providing our clients with aggressive representation leading to meaningful settlements.

Trust is an important component of all attorney/client relationships and is our utmost commitment to you, our client. With over 33 years of experience, you can rely on our firm to represent your best interests.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Family: 50%
    38 years
  2. Divorce: 50%
    38 years



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Christopher Robert Abernathy

    I endorse Mr. Howington. He is an exceptional attorney. He is always prepared and is extremely knowledgeable.


    Christopher Abernathy Family Attorney
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  • Michael S. Waddington

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


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Contact info

Howington & Associates, APLC

3281 East Guasti Road
Suite 175
Ontario, CA, 91761


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top AttorneyInland Empire Magazine2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top AttorneyInland Empire Magazine2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top AttorneyInland Empire Magazine2012
Top AttorneyInland Empire Magazine2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney OwnerHowington & Associates2011 - Present
PartnerAbernathy & Howington2010 - 2011
PartnerPittullo Howington Barker & Abernathy2008 - 2010
OwnerLaw Offices of Joseph Howington2007 - 2008
AttorneyMinyard Morris, LLP2006 - 2007
PartnerTuckerman Thompson & Howington1997 - 2006
OwnerJoseph Howington, APLC1989 - 1996
PartnerMallery Stern & Howington1986 - 1989
AttorneyWilson Wilson & Perrizo1982 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Association of Certified Family Law Specialists for CaliforniaN/AN/A
The East West Family Law Council(President from 2008-2009)N/A
The Orange County Bar Association Family Law SectionN/AN/A
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section)Strategic and Practical Applications of Evidence Code Section 733 in Child Custody Evaluations2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State Bar of CaliforniaFamily LawCertified Family Law Specialist2006
Western State University, San DiegoLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Chapman UniversityEducationElementary Teaching Credential1975
California State University, FullertonHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
California State University, FullertonHistorySecondary Teaching Credential1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Private SeminarCompetent and Admissible Evidence in a Domestic Violence Trial2012
Bar MeetingUse of Expert under Evidence Code Section 7332009
Bar MeetingChild Custody and Support2009