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“For me, helping people is what makes this work so rewarding,” Howard says, “and at the end of the day, protecting the public is what trial lawyers do.”

Justice First, People Always


Vincent Howard is a senior trial attorney with GIBSON & HUGHES. He primarily focuses on representing Californian’s who have been personally or catastrophically injured because of the negligence of others. He’s been a plaintiff personal injury attorney and advocate since 2004. In his practice, Vincent focuses on zealous and compassionate representation of his clients. He also actively participates in local, state, and national trial lawyer associations that are dedicated to protecting consumer rights and their access to justice.

Before becoming an attorney, Vincent served as a police officer in the United States Army (1988-1992). In addition to serving honorably during America’s first major engagement with Iraq – Operation Desert Storm – Vincent earned numerous awards, including Marksmanship, Good Conduct, and Overseas Medals as well as a National Defense Ribbon.

Vincent attended the University of Nevada at Reno, where he received a B.A. in Sociology and earned distinction as a scholar. He later attended Western State College of Law and earned the honor of being named a Dean’s Scholar.

Vincent is a client-focused, sympathetic, and easy to work with lawyer who values communication – at the same time, he is a savvy litigator with a deep interest in both the philosophy and mechanics of the law.

Vincent has many accreditations and certifications. He was the 2016 president for the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA). He also served on the board of governors for the American Association for Justice (AAJ), where he served as Co-Vice Chair for the Membership Committee (2018-2019), the board of governors for the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), and is a founding board member for the Orange County Trial Lawyers Charity (OCTLC). He is a current member of all four organizations. He is a Southern California Super Lawyer (2013-present) and in 2016, he was inducted into Western State College of Law’s Alumni Hall of Fame. Vincent often speaks at colleges, law schools, and legal conferences about diverse legal topics.


Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA)

• Lifetime Member
• 2016 President

Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)

• Member and former Board of Governors (2015-19)
• Co-Founder of the Diversity Committee

American Association of Justice (AAJ)

• Member and former Board of Governors (2015-19)
• Past Membership Co-Vice-Chair (2018-2019)

Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Homeless Task Force

• 2016 Member

Orange County Trial Lawyer Charities (OCTLC)

• Founding Board Member (2021)



• 2013-Present

National Association of Distinguished Counsel

Top One Percent, 2015-2018

National Black Lawyers

• Top 100 Lawyers, 2015-2016


Western State College of Law; Juris Doctor; 2000-2003

• Dean Scholar

University of Nevada-Reno; PhD Candidate (18 units completed); Social Psychology; 1999-2000

University of Nevada-Reno; Bachelor of Arts-Sociology; 1996-1999



What I do for my clients

Whether a matter is resolved through settlement, negotiation, mediation, arbitration or trial, Vincent Howard is prepared to aggressively pursue justice while remaining attentive to his clients’ needs.

The firm can provide personalized service that accounts for its clients’ unique interests. Clients can be assured that an experienced and knowledgeable attorney will always be handling their matter, and the firm frequently collaborates and pools resources with other nationally recognized firms when it means obtaining the best result for a client.

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