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Amy Anderson Howse

Litigation Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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About Amy

Learn Amy’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    At Cates Peterson LLP, Amy has worked on litigation matters with Mark Peterson, who has more than twenty years' experience in litigation. She has been involved in every step of litigation, from drafting pleadings to examining witnesses at trial and in arbitration.

    16 years

  2. Estate planning
    Amy has experience in complex multi-generational estate planning, including the personal dynamics which drive it. That understanding enables her to bring additional value to her clients in anticipating their future needs and helping them to achieve their goals without compromising family relationships.

    16 years

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    Amy has been involved in the business world for approximately sixteen years. She comes from a long line of legal and business professionals, and from a relatively young age she was involved and mentored in both the managerial and the administrative side of business ownership. As such, Amy has extensive first-hand knowledge of business operations, including property management.

    16 years

  4. Probate
    At Cates Peterson LLP, Amy has also worked on transactional matters with Bill Cates, who has more than twenty years' experience. She has drafted a number of estate plans, formed various corporate entities, and handled a number of probate estates. She has gained an appreciation for how how good legal work and careful planning can help prevent problems from arising, and help lead to positive results when they do arise.

    16 years

Amy can usually be found with her friends riding her motorcycle at reasonable speeds on Ortega Highway or at wholly unreasonable speeds on the race track.  She also enjoys kayaking, which sometimes includes swimming alongside an overturned kayak (fortunately she is an experienced swimmer).  Other hobbies include car repair, home improvement projects, knitting, playing games on the Wii, and singing karaoke…poorly.

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Amy Anderson Howse
4100 Newport Place Dr Ste 230
Newport Beach, CA, 92660

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Posted by Janai | February 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Perfect 1st time attorney experience
Amy was my attorney for an estate settlement after my grandfather passed away last year. She helped guide me through the best way to handle the situation. There was a will and a trust, and another family member and his attorney involved. She did an amazing job, and we had great communication through it all. The end result was exactly how my Grandfather wanted it to be. Amy is amazing.
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Posted by Jennifer | June 29, 2015
Amy Howes is amazing!!!
I can't say enough about how amazing Ms. Howse is as a person and as an attorney. I retained Ms. Howes's services along with my 2 siblings during a really terrible time in our lives we had just lost our father and now needed to embark upon litigation against our fathers wife due to her intentionally interfering with our inheritance. Amy was so incredibly compassionate and understanding. She was incredibly thorough and patient with us because we had no clue what we were getting ourselves into. Amy walked us through every step of the way for almost 3 years. Hands down this was one of the hardest things I have ever had to go through but I never felt lack of support from Amy. She was open to hearing our thoughts and long winded explanations at times. She was protective of us when opposing counsel was attempting to bully us she was right there to back him down. She worked tirelessly and efficiently as we are young adults trying to fund a very expensive law suit. I would retain Amy as my attorney again a minute no questions asked her and her firm were incredible!!! I can’t thank Amy enough for all she did for me and my siblings!!!
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Posted by Jan | June 22, 2015
True Partner, Problem solver and Voice of Reason
I live in NJ and had to hire Amy Howse and the Peterson firm strictly through a phone call. Amy immediately gained my confidence through her ability to listen, ask relevant questions in a non judging manner. She was able to grasp all the different aspects of a complex case, build the right defense and ultimately negotiated a very good settlement. She was always available to discuss my questions, provide a point of view and help me to make an unemotional decision. She provided the right level of empathy and reality for me. I would highly recommend Amy.
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Posted by Joseph | June 20, 2015
Joseph's review
Amy was very thorough with everything, she kept me informed at all times and was very organized. She is very trustworthy and reliable. When we had to appear in court she was well prepared with all materials and did excellent in the courtroom . I would highly recommend Amy as a lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2015
A Complex Case
My sister's unexpected death left an outdated will, which was challenged aggressively but unfairly. Ms. Howse was thorough and diligent in her work in this matter. She consulted appropriately. Her personal style is warm and professional. I felt supported, understood, and empowered. When the outcome of the case became clear, I decided on a settlement rather than going to trial. Had I decided differently, I have confidence that Ms. Howse would have prevailed on my behalf.
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Posted by Erika | June 20, 2015
Excellent experience
This was my first time needing any legal assistant and my siblings and myself were clueless to what we would need to do and legal fees and all. Amy made the case understandable and filled us in with every option available for our benefit for which we ended up winning the case.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 310-325 per hour


AVVO RATING 7.0 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Cates Peterson LLP
  • 2007 - Present


  • Chapman Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Univ of California Irvine
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001


  • Peter M. Elliott American Inn of Court
  • 2012 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Mensa
  • 2004 - Present
  • Chapman Law Review
  • Senior Articles Editor
  • 2006 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jun 22
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"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Howse gives solid answers to the questions posted on AVVO. She has earned my respect."
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