Over Four Decades Of Prevailing Based On The Skilled Presentation Of Evidence And Facts

Attorney John H. Howard

Practice Areas

  • Mass Tort Claims
  • Serious Personal Injury
  • Public Entity Liability
  • Property Damage Due to Wild Fire or Flooding
  • Campus Security Abuse
  • Legal/Medical Malpractice
  • Bicycle Safety
  • Sexual Abuse


After earning his bachelor’s degree from Pacific University in 1972 and his Juris Doctorate Degree from the Ventura College of Law in 1979, Mr. Howard began his solo practice in 1979. After 36 years in solo practice, Mr. Howard joined the Lowthorp Richards LLP firm as Of Counsel in 2014. Mr. Howard is currently in his 45th year practicing law and has been recognized throughout his career for his excellence and ethics as an accomplished trial lawyer. He has obtained over 20 verdicts and judgments for a million dollars or more than other Ventura County attorneys and is still as enthusiastic about representing clients who have legitimate claims as he was when he began his law practice.

Although Mr. Howard has committed himself to the practice of law, he also takes pride in serving the community. He is a veteran who served in the United States Navy Reserve for over a decade and contributes a significant amount of his time toward community-oriented services.


  • Ventura College of Law, Ventura, California
  • Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon
    • B.A. - 1972
    • Major: Business and Economics

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1979

Professional Associations

  • Ventura County Trial Association, President, 1992
  • Ventura County Bar Association, President, 1997
  • California Coast Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates, President, 2004

Reported Cases

  • Fermino v. Fedco, 30 Cal.Rptr.2d (Cal. 1994), Supreme Court of CA , S033096
  • David v. Hernandez, 226 Cal.App.4th 578 (2014, Court of Appeals of CA 2nd Dist Div. 6, B245342


  • Cal-ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year 2021
  • Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association Trial Lawyer of the Year 2006 and 2016
  • Voted Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the Ventura County Bar Association, 2011
  • Civility Award from the ABOTA (California Coast Chapter), 2010
  • Listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association President 1992
  • Ventura County Bar Association President 1997
  • U.S. Navy Reserve 1987-1999
  • AV Rated Martindale-Hubbell Register of Preeminent Lawyers for over 30 years
  • ABOTA Cal Coast Chapter President 2004
  • Ventura County Branch Arthritis Foundation President 1987
  • ABOTA Foundation Senior Life Fellow 2021
  • National Board Member Cal Coast Chapter of ABOTA 2018-2024
  • High School Football and Baseball Coach 2003-2023

Classes & Seminars

  • Masters in Trial
  • James Otis Seminars
  • Lectured re Civility to Law Students

Pro-Bono Activities

  • President of the Ventura County branch of the Southern California Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation
  • Coached Varsity Football and Baseball for Villanova Preparatory School, 2003 to 2014
  • Ventura County Bar Pro Bono Volunteer

Past Positions

  • United States Naval Reserve, Lt. Commander, 1987 to 1999
  • Ventura County, Judicial Nominations Evaluation Committee, 2002 to 2008
  • ABOTA, National Representative, 2005 to 2023


  • English

Ancillary Businesses

  • Lowthorp, Richards, McMillan, Miller & Templeman