Attorney's Profile

Mitchell J. Howie

After serving as a federal prosecutor in both: The United States Air Force, Judge Advocate General Corps for over 4 years; and as a Special Assistant to the United States Attorney in the Eastern District of North Carolina for over 2 years; Mr. Mitchell J. Howie reopened his private practice in 2009....

In 2014 Attorney Mitchell J. Howie was recognized as one of the Top 100 lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers. One of the best lawyers in Huntsville, Attorney Mitchell J. Howie was also recognized as one of the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers and as one of the TOP TEN Criminal Defense attorneys in Alabama under 40 by the Prestigious National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

In 2015 Huntsville Attorney Mitchell J. Howie was selected as a member of the National Top One Percent of attorneys by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. One of the best family lawyers in Huntsville, Mitchell J. Howie was also recognized as one of the Top 10 under 40 of Alabama Family Lawyers by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.

Mr. Howie primarily practices law in Huntsville, Alabama. He represents clients as an Alabama business attorney and many other clients in Alabama litigation. Mr. Howie also continues representation of his longstanding business clients as a Texas business attorney and representing other clients in Texas litigation.

Mr. Howie's private practice draws on his strengths developed as a litigation trial attorney during his military service. He excels in representing clients as a criminal defense lawyer due to his experience as a prosecutor. His time as a military lawyer also serves him well in assisting veterans in claims against the Veteran's Affairs Administration and reservists in employment claims under USERRA as an Alabama attorney.

Mr. Howie's private practice also draws on his experience at a prestigious law firm in Houston and his past private practice (before becoming a prosecutor) where he gained valuable insight into bankruptcy matters, debt collection matters, breach of contract actions, tort actions, personal injury law, medical malpractice claims and litigation, defense of lender liability lawsuits, landlord tenant disputes, wills and estates, criminal defense, and various other legal and business matters.

Mitchell J. Howie was born in Galveston, Texas. He lived there with his mother until his mom relocated them to California in order to pursue her education. He and his mother resided in Richmond, California for seven years. Upon completion of his mother's education they relocated again to his family's home Huntsville, Alabama where he began high school at Huntsville High.

Mitchell then moved to live with his grandparents in Galveston, Texas. Upon his return to Galveston he graduated from Ball High School and attended the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, from the University of Texas in 2001. He began law school at the University of Houston in 2001 and completed his coursework and received his Juris Doctorate in 2004. During law school, Mr. Howie worked as a clerk at a prestigious Houston law firm and also worked as a legislative intern at the Texas State Capitol.

In May 2005, Mr. Howie accepted his commission from the United States Air Force (USAF). He began serving on active duty in the USAF in July 2005 and his official date of separation from active duty military service was September 28, 2009. Mr. Howie and his wife Melanie chose to return to Alabama to raise their family after completing their active duty military service to the country. Mr. Howie continues to serve his country in the reserves and has been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel since leaving Active Duty and teaches trial advocacy at military installations worldwide. Mr. Howie stays involved in the community by coaching his sons and daughter's chess team, basketball teams and he also serves as a board member for Operation Making a Difference which seeks to help disadvantaged kids in Huntsville. Mr. Howie lives with his wife Melanie, their 3 children and their dog Alpine.

Adam J. Cumberworth

Adam J. Cumberworth is our military lawyer and is a former active duty Air Force JAG. From the beginning of his career, Adam was continually recognized for his legal acumen and ability in the courtroom. He spent his first years assigned to Air Force Special Operation units. Adam's legal ability set him apart early in his career. As a junior officer in the Air Force, he was deployed multiple times as the senior legal advisor to joint special forces units. As the lead legal advisor, Adam provided legal advice on a wide range of operational legal issues.

Adam was also recognized for his ability and expertise in the courtroom. Over the six years he litigated in the courtroom for the Air Force, Adam was routinely regarded as the "top litigator" by his leadership. In his final assignment in the Air Force, Adam was hand-selected as the Senior Trial Counsel (senior prosecutor) for the Pacific Circuit, covering installations across the Pacific Ocean and Asia. As the Senior Trial Counsel, Adam was the lead attorney on the most serious cases within his jurisdiction. Not only did Adam lead prosecutions on cases within his own jurisdiction, he was also entrusted with leading trial teams on cases across the globe. Adam was also tasked with training other litigators, to teach them the skills he continually demonstrated. Adam's leadership trusted his ability in the courtroom and detailed him to more trials than any other senior prosecutor.

As a senior prosecutor, Adam saw the injustices that were, and still are, happening within the military system and how the system was failing military members. All too often, Adam saw military leaders caring more about their own careers and the politics involved, than about the men and women they led. Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen were charged with crimes their commanders knew the evidence did not support. Adam also recognized the lack of experience with the military appointed defense counsel. He also witnessed military members not receiving the representation they deserved. These issues concerned Adam, and seeing as there were no changes coming in the near future, he started his own military defense practice to defend those who defend our country! As a seasoned prosecutor, Adam knows the tricks and strategies prosecutors use and he knows how to counter them. He can use his knowledge, experience, and expertise to counter their strategies to defend you.