Michael Lai Howard

Helping You with All Your Legal Needs

      * Both fields are required

      Click Here to Search By Practice's Area

      Not Yet Verified Profile

      Claim Your Profile?

      Michael Lai Howard

      Dallas, Texas
      18 years of experience


      I grew up in Dallas and have lived in Texas all my life. Most people say they go to law school to "make a difference," but I actually walked the walk. After graduating from SMU Dedman School of Law, I began my career at Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas fighting for Dallas's homeless population, standing up against slumlords, and businesses that take advantage of Dallas's most vulnerable citizens. From there I went to the Public Defender's Office where I represented people who couldn't afford an attorney who were facing criminal charges. During my time as an assistant public defender I rose through the ranks and handled all sorts of criminal cases ranging from misdemeanors to the highest level felonies (including capital murder where the state seeks the death penalty). I left the PD's Office when I realized that the staggeringly large caseloads made it so that I didn't have the time to represent people the way I knew they deserved. I left the PD's Office and opened my own law firm so I could represent people my way. Recently, I've added a personal injury practice to my firm.

      Above all, I strive to help my clients through difficult times with compassion and integrity. I believe in standing up for people and helping them navigate all that comes with being thrown into the legal system. I focus on my clients as individuals. Taking the time to understand not just the facts of their case, but who they are and what they need is important to me. I know the legal system can be intimidating. Therefore, I explain the process, their legal rights, and their options. Client communication is extremely important to me. My team and I do everything possible to quickly answer questions and return messages. Most importantly, I am willing to fight a case in court. My history of getting great results for clients is something I’m very proud of. When your lawyer has a reputation as someone willing to fight a case in court, it can make all the difference in the world.

      Practice Areas

      Criminal Law

      Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes

      Personal Injury

      Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death

      Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

      Texas, State Bar of Texas, ID Number: 24047384, Since 2004



      Professional Associations

      Tarrant County Crimianl Defense Lawyers Association Member (2018 - Current)

      Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Member (2009 - Current)

      National Crimianl Defense Lawyers Association Member (2020 - Current)


      • SMU Dedman School of Law J.D. (2004) | Law

        Year: 2001 - 2004

        Honors: Cum Laude

      • Texas Tech University - Texas Tech University B.A. (2001) | Humanities, History, Philosophy

        Year: 1997 - 2001

        Honors: Magne Cum Laude

      The Law Office of Mike Howard, PLLC


      3010 LBJ Freeway, Suite 1200, Dallas, TX 75234

      phone no.

      Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM

      Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM

      Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM

      Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM

      Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM

      Saturday: Closed

      Sunday: Closed


      Contact Michael

        When did the accident occur?
        Are you at fault?
        Have you seen a doctor?
        Already represented by an attorney?

        * indicates required fields