Partnership & Trust
At Howie & Smith, we provide an honest and in-depth evaluation of your legal issues, comprehensive work on your behalf, and a personal commitment to our clients who rightfully seek legal assurance and closure. We have a proven track record handling the most complex matters, often involving shifting fact patterns and wide array of legal theories, with competence and personal touch. Given the arduous, complicated, and costly nature of the civil litigation process, we are committed to work with our clients in partnership toward a unified vision and the best possible resolution.
Our practice includes trial and appellate advocacy, client counseling, and transactional services. The firm and its lawyers hold active memberships with the California Bar Association and local bar associations, Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute and the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce.
The firm is a longtime and active supporter of local public television and radio. Mr. Howie is a charter member of the community Board of Directors for the Interfaith Hospitality Network of San Mateo County and Executive Director of the congregation effort. This ecumenical organization works to provide shelter for the homeless using spaces at local parish halls and synagogues.
Robert G. Howie founded Howie & Smith, LLP in 1996. At that time, Mr. Howie had practiced for twenty years in large Bay Area defense firms, from Owen & Melbye to Rohlff, Howie & Frischholz. Audrey Smith began practicing law in December 1995 and joined the firm at its outset. Mr. Howie and Ms. Smith share a dedication to the highest standards of professional conduct and service, and the development of client relationships based upon mutual trust. Since the firm was founded, new associate attorneys have been brought on board, each adding unique skills and background while sharing the commitment to excellence in litigation.
Judicious use of non-attorney staff to boost cost efficiency.
Electronic filing in trial and appellate courts.
The importance of electronic and paper research.
Solid long-term relationships with the top local and national experts in multiple fields including medical, mechanical and electrical engineering, accident reconstruction, biomechanics, toxicology, economics, rehabilitation, structured settlements, construction, and industrial accident prevention, among other areas.