Shelley comes to Northern Alabama from middle Tennessee where she spent most of her childhood and adolescence. After receiving a Bachelor’s of Psychology from Belmont University, Shelley began working as a social worker for six years at a non-profit organization, Davidson County Juvenile Court and lastly the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth. During that time, Shelley also received a Master’s in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University. In 2000, Shelley began a new aspect of her career when she began attending the University of Alabama School of Law. Shelley graduated in 2003 and began a clerkship with Madison County Circuit Judge Loyd H. Little that fall. Spring 2004 was the beginning of Shelley’s private law practice when she became an associate attorney at Grace, Evans & Matthews working in insurance defense law. Shelley was fortunate enough to soon have the opportunity to move into domestic relations law at the beginning of 2005. From January 2005 to February 2008, Shelley worked at William P. Burgess, Jr., P.C. where she learned the practice of domestic relations law from her mentors Bill Burgess, Esquire and Judge George Craig. Shelley opened her practice in February 2008, offering clients a variety of ways to resolve domestic cases, including uncontested actions, contested litigation, and collaborative resolutions.
Shelley has a variety of interests outside of the practice of law, such as reading, playing guitar and singing, photography, and building furniture with very basic woodworking skills. She loves the mountains and appreciates the arts and crafts of glass, wood, and metals.
Areas of Practice
Custody & Visitation
Alimony & Spousal Support
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
Collaborative Law & Mediation
The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama – 2003
Trevecca Nazarene University
Master’s in Counseling – 2000
Bachelor’s of Psychology
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 2015 Huntsville Attorney Mitchell J. Howie was selected as a member of the Nation’s 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.
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.
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 Major since leaving Active Duty and teaches trial advocacy at military installations worldwide. Mr. Howie stays involved in the community by coaching his son’s chess team, basketball team 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 son Ashton, their daughter Allesandra and their dog Alpine.