Keith Howell is a litigator who focuses his practice in the areas of workers’ compensation defense, general liability defense and commercial litigation. As a former assistant states attorney, he is experienced in managing a large case load and in handling all aspects of trial practice, including trials before both jury and the bench.

Mr. Howell also has eight years of experience in law enforcement, where he worked as a patrol officer, tactical officer and undercover narcotics detective.

Professional Background

Mr. Howell joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in August 2005. Previously he was an assistant state attorney with the Office of the State Attorney in St. Augustine, Florida.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Howell was for five years a patrol officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, where he was assigned cases requiring excellent interview, interrogation and negotiation skills. In this role he maintained a liaison with the State Attorney’s Office and also served as a training officer. Mr. Howell also served for three years as an officer and then detective with the Pensacola Police Department. During this time he was named City Employee of the Month, and chosen by the Chief of Police to represent the department in Pensacola’s Health Insurance Quality Circle, advising the Mayor and City Council on health and insurance issues.

Professional Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar
  • Putnam County Bar Association
    • Member
    • Past President in 2005


  • Co-Author, "Exploring COVID-19 Workers' Compensation Liability of Florida Employers," Daily Business Review, June 10, 2020

Hinshaw Publications

Community/Civic Activities

  • Fraternal Order of Police, Member and on Board of Directors (1998–1999)

J.D., Florida Coastal School of Law, 2003

M.S., Troy State University, 1999, Public Administration

B.S., Florida State University, 1993, Political Science

  • Member, Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society