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Howell, Barrett R.
Barrett R. Howell
P: +1.214.758.1074
F: +1.800.404.3970

Barrett Howell is a white collar criminal defense lawyer with a particular focus on securities enforcement and healthcare fraud. He has represented corporations and individuals in high-stakes government investigations and enforcement actions involving alleged securities and accounting fraud, Medicare billing and recordkeeping improprieties, bribery and corruption, as well as violations of the Federal Civil False Claims Act. Barrett has also conducted numerous corporate internal investigations.

Barrett has defended clients before multiple federal and state agencies including the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General, state attorneys general and state securities boards, as well as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

He is a co-founder of the University of Texas Government Enforcement Institute and is a frequent speaker and author on corporate governance and ethical compliance issues.

Representative Matters

Successfully representing dental support organization executive in parallel criminal and False Claims Act civil proceedings resulting in federal and state non-prosecution and civil settlement with no finding of liability 

Representing multiple individuals and companies in connection with various SEC accounting, asset valuation, and insider trading investigations

Defending numerous companies and individuals in connection with federal and state whistleblower lawsuits and resulting civil and criminal investigations conducted by HHS-OIG, the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and state Medicaid officials

Successfully representing multiple healthcare providers and DME/pharma interests in Anti-Kickback, Stark Act, and False Claims Act investigations and cases

Conducting internal investigation for Audit Committee of national bank into whistleblower allegations involving related-party transactions

Defending Fortune 500 computer hardware company in FCA lawsuit and parallel government investigation

Defending NYSE-listed company in parallel criminal and civil enforcement actions by DOJ and SEC involving alleged FCPA violations

Defending large-scale energy and lighting systems management company in SEC investigation involving revenue recognition and related accounting issues

Conducting international internal investigation for oil and gas drilling and production company into foreign transactions and possible FCPA violations

Counseling Board of Directors and Special Committee on governance matters related to, and conducting internal investigation instigated by, whistleblower complaint from disgruntled former public-company CEO

Defending former Chief Financial Officer of Fortune 500 business process outsourcing company in SEC investigation and enforcement action involving resale transaction revenue accounting

Conducting internal investigation on behalf of publicly-traded company’s Audit Committee instigated by whistleblower complaint involving accounting and financial reporting issues

Defending global investment advisor in SEC investigation involving valuation and financial reporting

Defending financial services and lending company in SEC investigation focused on goodwill valuation and impairment testing

Defending healthcare company in parallel DOJ criminal and civil investigations

Conducting internal investigation on behalf of software company into unauthorized related-party transactions

Advising board of directors and audit committee of NYSE-listed company through whistleblower initiated internal corporate investigation and accounting restatement

Defending Chief Executive Officer of NASDAQ-listed company against SEC enforcement action involving allegations of improper revenue recognition

Representing publicly-traded personal care products company in connection with SEC and General Accounting Office inquiries regarding intangible asset accounting and valuation methodologies

Defending former executive of publicly-traded company against SEC enforcement action involving allegations of stock option backdating

Representing board of directors of publicly-held telecommunications equipment manufacturing company in connection with internal investigation of alleged breaches of fiduciary duty

Publications and Speeches

“Do's and Don’ts All Counsel Should Know About Government Investigations,” State Bar of Texas Annual Business Law Course, November 17, 2016

“The Forensic Accountant: A Key Witness in the Defense Arsenal,” Presentation to The Business Valuation, Forensic & Litigation Services Conference, October 23, 2015, Houston, TX

“Whistleblowers: Are You Prepared?”; Presentation to Multi-National Counsel Boot Camp: Practical Solutions for International Lawyers, Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law, June 15, 2015

“Getting All Judgmental – Disclosure of Loss Contingencies Under ASC 450 (FAS 5)” CLE presentation to in-house legal counsels, Texas, April 30, 2015

“What To Do When the Government Comes Knocking – Practical Tips for In-House Counsel” University of Texas Corporate Counsel Institute, Austin, Texas, April 17, 2015

“Government Investigations, Part II: Best Practices for Internal Investigations,” Co-presenter, University of Texas Continuing Legal Education Government Enforcement Institute, Austin, Texas, May 21, 2014

“Legal Ethics for In-House Counsel” State Bar of Texas Advanced In-House Counsel Course, August 1, 2013

Do’s and Don’ts All In-House Counsel Should Know about Government Inquires, Corporate Counsel Section, State Bar of Texas, November 21, 2011

“To Be or Not To Be: The Uncertain Future of Dodd-Frank”, American Bar Association’s National Institute on Securities Fraud, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 3, 2011

Whistleblower Complaints and Internal Investigations Likely to Rise with Heightened Emphasis on Corporate Bounty Hunters, August 27, 2010

Federal Criminal Trials Likely to Rise on Increase in Downward Sentencing Departures, August 2010

Attorney Ethics and Conduct Under Sarbanes Oxley, April 15, 2010

SEC Enforcement Activity to Rise, Dallas Business Journal, August 6, 2009

Professional Ethics for In-House Lawyers, July 16, 2009

“Ethics for Deal Lawyers,” 31st Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, Dallas, Texas, March 6, 2009

“Ethics for Deal Lawyers,” 31st Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, Houston, Texas, February 20, 2009


J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2001
B.A., Emory University, 1998
B.B.A., Emory University, 1998

Bar Admissions



Thompson Reuters, Super Lawyers, 2014-2016
Thompson Reuters, Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2011-2014