Jamie W. Howell, Jr. was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1988 and the Tennessee Bar in 1993. Mr. Howell is admitted to practice in all courts in Mississippi and Tennessee, including Federal Court, the Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Howell’s areas of practice include wrongful death, personal injury, criminal defense, Social Security Disability cases, and general civil law. For his first five years of practice, he was an associate attorney with Gilder Law Firm. After spending his next six years as a sole practitioner in DeSoto County, Mr. Howell joined forces with Jefferson D. Gilder to form Gilder & Howell, P.A. in June 2000. He is now a shareholder at Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman, which combined the talents of Gilder & Howell, P.A., and Chatham – Pittman.

Mr. Howell was born on January 16, 1963, in Memphis, Tennessee. He and his wife, Ann, live in Memphis, TN, and have two adult children, Ford and Emma. He and his family are members of Independent Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Memphis, Tennessee. Despite his busy schedule, Jim is a sports enthusiast and an avid golfer. He also enjoys Memphis Grizzlies Basketball, college football, and live concerts.

The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Gold 2023
Year Joined Firm
  • 2000
Litigation Percentage
  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions
  • Mississippi, 1988
  • Tennessee, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 1988
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi
    • J.D. – 1988
  • University of Mississippi, University, Mississippi
    • B.A. cum laude – 1985
    • Major: English

He graduated as Salutatorian from Magnolia Heights School in Senatobia, Mississippi in 1981.

Honors and Awards
  • Gold Client Champion 2023
  • National Trial Lawyers Recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the Mid-South for 2022
  • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Client Champion (Lawyers.com)
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys in Mississippi for Client Satisfaction for 2019
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) Recognized as an “Advocate” September 24, 2012
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Member
  • Mississippi Association for Justice (MAJ), Member
  • Mississippi Bar Association, Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member
  • DeSoto County Bar Association, Former Vice-President
  • Memphis Bar Association
Pro Bono Activities
  • Independent Presbyterian Church (PCA), Member
  • Pi Kappa Alpha