Patrick Howell concentrates his practice in the area of community association law providing a variety of legal services to condominium, homeowner, cooperative and timeshare associations, with particular emphasis on construction litigation and specifically, construction defects litigation. Early in his career, he concentrated in the areas of insurance defense, appellate litigation, contract law, employment law and commercial litigation.
Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar, Mr. Howell successfully represented Lakeview Reserve HOA in a landmark case before the Florida Supreme Court (Maronda Homes v. Lakeview Reserve). In a ruling that amounts to a real victory for homeowners, the Supreme Court ruled that the implied warranties of fitness and merchantability apply to improvements that provide essential services to the community, such as private roads and drainage systems, and further ruled that the Florida Legislature’s attempt to curtail such warranties is in large part unconstitutional.
In additional to the Florida Supreme Court, Mr. Howell has also represented clients in cases before Florida’s First, Second, and Fifth District Courts of Appeal.
Mr. Howell has been rated “BV” Distinguished by Martindale-Hubbell. In law school, Patrick clerked for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and he was a Dean’s List Scholar.
On April 26, 2016, Patrick Howell spoke to condominium board members and property managers at the Northeast Florida Community Association Institute’s 2016 Expo. The one hour course, “Condominium Construction Projects Gone Wild!”, offered managers and board members an opportunity to learn about how to avoid pitfalls and successfully manage any size construction project at their condominium.
Activities & Memberships
- The Florida Bar (Member, Trial Section; Board Member, Special Committee on Diversity and Inclusion)
- Member of the Orange County Bar Association Construction Law Committee
- Orange County Bar Association
- Board Member, Orlando Youth Alliance
- Board Member, Frederick Leadership Initiative
- Former Chairman, Orange County Affordable Housing Citizen Advisory Board