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Fillmore Spencer Utah Attorneys


Matthew R. Howell

Family Law, criminal defense, Business Law and appeals

A former federal prosecutor now representing businesses and individuals across a range of practices

Matthew R. Howell began his career as an assistant United States attorney for the Federal government in Salt Lake City, Utah, prosecuting crimes against federally insured financial institutions and crimes committed on Indian reservations and federal lands.

Whistleblower Claims, qui tam and Class action lawsuits

 After four years, Matt joined the David K. Isom Law Firm, where he focused on coal contract litigation and arbitration and other complex commercial litigation, including qui tam (whistleblower) claims and class action lawsuits.

Civil and commercial litigation, criminal defense, and family law

Since joining Fillmore Spencer LLC in 2005, Matt Howell has worked on cases large and small on behalf of individuals and companies. His casework includes breach of contract, fraud, criminal defense, intellectual property, real property and family law issues. He has substantial experience in representing Whistle Blowers in cases of fraud against the government as well as extensive experience in mediation, both as an attorney and as a mediator. He has argued cases before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Utah Supreme Court, the Utah Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and many district and justice courts throughout the state of Utah.

the right attorney can make or break your case

aggressive and effective

Practice Areas

Matt aggressively advocates for his clients in all types of family law cases, criminal defense — including drug crimes and DUI — federal Indian and tribal law.  Matt also litigates in appellate court and will handle appeals in all areas of criminal and civil law.

Probate Attorney Utah

Bar Admissions

  • Utah, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 1993


Professional Associations

  • Utah State Bar
  • Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Central Utah Bar Association

Reported Cases

  • Miller v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc., 769 F.Supp.2d 1336 (2011)
  • State v. Robinson, 2011 UT 30, 254 P.3d 183
  • Poll v. Poll, 2011 UT App 307, 263 P.3d 534
  • Ashby v. Ashby, 2010 UT 7, 227 P.3d 246 (Utah 2010)
  • Ashby v. Ashby, 191 P.3d 35, 2008 UT App 254 (Utah App. 2008)
  • United States ex rel. Sikkenga v. BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, 472 F.3d 702 (10th Cir. 2006), reversing 334 F.Supp.2d 1278 (D. Utah 2004)
  • In re Ikon Office Solutions, Inc. Securities Litigation, 209 F.R.D. 94 (E.D. Pa. 2002)
  • United States v. Oxx, 980 F. Supp. 405 (D. Utah 1996)
  • United States v. Cuch, 79 F.3d 987 (10th Cir. 1996), affirming 875 F. Supp. 767 (D. Utah 1995)
  • United States v. Murdock, 919 F. Supp. 1534 (D. Utah 1996)
  • United States v. Stewart, 37 F.3d 1449 (10th Cir. 1994)

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