For over forty years, Bixler W. Howland has been devoted to representing working class individuals who have been abused and injured through no fault of their own. Based Louisville, Kentucky, Mr. Howland maintains a broad personal injury and insurance bad faith practice, which includes cases involving motor vehicle accidents, construction site accidents, product liability injury, and medical malpractice, among many other issues.
A graduate of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, Mr. Howland developed an interest in law at a young age. Though now a preeminent attorney in personal injury law, he recalls that after earning his Juris Doctor in 1975, he began his practice in a different field:
I spent the first part of my career doing insurance defense work, but I eventually decided to change course. I felt more comfortable representing victims rather than insurance companies.
Today, Mr. Howland leverages his prior experience in insurance defense to his clients’ benefit, using his insider knowledge to help them overcome the tricks and practices often employed by insurance companies. Having been a construction worker himself during his college years, he understands the difficulties that individuals and families face when injured as the result of companies putting profits ahead of worker safety.
Throughout his more than four decades in practice, Mr. Howland has helped countless victims receive the compensation they deserve, earning him the trust and respect of both clients and fellow attorneys alike. Now widely regarded as a leader in personal injury law, he has been recognized by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys™, Martindale-Hubbell®, and The National Trial Lawyers, among others, for his leadership and success representing clients. This prominence in his field gives him a unique perspective on prevailing trends in his area of practice. In particular, he notes:
There’s a movement in this country to limit damages that juries can award in personal injury cases, which is basically taking away our 7th Amendment rights to a trial by jury on the civil side. Legislatures all over the country are taking a cookie-cutter approach to this issue to the benefit of insurance companies, large corporations, and, to a certain extent, the medical profession.
Despite these new challenges, Mr. Howland remains committed to being a compassionate and effective advocate for victims injured due to the negligence of others. He is proud to have been able to make a significant difference in the lives of many clients at a time when help was most needed, and he looks forward to helping many more clients in the years to come.
Outside of his legal practice, Mr. Howland is dedicated to his community and has served as a board or council member for numerous philanthropic, educational, sports, religious, and neighborhood organizations. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at Hanover College and an Adjunct Instructor of Medical Law and Ethics at Spencerian College. In his spare time, Mr. Howland enjoys reading history books and spending time with his family; his daughter is currently expecting her first child, and Mr. Howland looks forward to becoming a grandpa.