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Kenneth C. Howell




Ken Howell is a partner in the Business & Finance group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Banking group. His practice emphasizes creditor rights, bankruptcy, banking, intellectual property (including trademark and copyright), and real estate (with a focus on business transactions associated with the technology industry, real estate financing and development, and debtor/creditor relationships).

Mr. Howell’s banking practice has emphasized creditor representation for regulatory compliance, bank deposits and collections, retail branch operations, and procedures and loan documentation. His experience in debtor/creditor relationships includes the creation and documentation of such relationships through secured and securitized transactions, workout of problem loans, resolution of bankruptcy issues, and the collection of delinquent obligations. Mr. Howell has assisted lenders in all aspects of collection of delinquent accounts from unsecured loans through complex commercial agricultural credits involving livestock, real estate, and accounts receivable. In the technology area, he helps clients protect, acquire, license, and transfer copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, and trade names. These services include drafting of effective agreements to assure ownership and perfection of intellectual property interests, creation of joint development agreements, and the drafting and negotiation of confidentiality, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements and the compliance with federal and state laws regarding privacy of consumer and customer information.

Mr. Howell is experienced in litigation to protect and enforce intellectual property rights and to prosecute infringement of those rights. In the real estate financing and development area, his practice encompasses a broad range of business transactions, including real estate acquisition, financing and development, and representation of clients before local zoning, highway district, and city council hearings.


American Bar Association

Arid Club, President 2013

Arid Club, Executive Committee and Membership Chair 2012-2013

College of Idaho, Board of Trustees 1994-2018

College of Idaho, Chairman 2006-2008

Downtown Boise Association, General Counsel

Idaho Bankers Association, General Counsel

Idaho State Bar, Client Security Fund Committee

Idaho Public Television Foundation, Former Board Member

Friends of Idaho Public Television, Past President

Idaho State Board of Veterinary Medicine, 1992-1995

Rotary International: District Governor, District 5400, 2015-2016

Downtown Club of Boise, President 2008-2009

Feed the Gap, Vice President


Mountain States Super Lawyers–Banking, 2021

Best Lawyers in America–“Lawyer of the Year”–Banking and Finance, 2018, Banking and Finance Law, since 2015, Corporate Law, since 2016

Idaho Business Review, Leaders in Law–Partner, 2014

2012 Rotarian of the Year award, Rotary Club of Boise


Law School:

University of Idaho, J.D., 1984

Research Editor, Idaho Law Review, 1983-1984

Honorary Doctorate:

College of Idaho, 2008


College of Idaho, B.A. cum laude, 1981



PUBLICATIONS & presentations

Governor Little Announces Idaho Rebound Cash Grants Program“, Hawley Troxell Business Newsletter, April 2020

“Federal Reserve Releases Term Sheets for Main Street Lending New Loan Facility and Main Street Expanded Loan Facility programs“, Hawley Troxell Banking Newsletter, April 2020

Vintners and Brewers Beware of Ag Liens“, Hawley Troxell Wine, Brew, Spirits Newsletter, October 2013

The Law of Guaranties, American Bar Association (Idaho Chapter), 2013

Co-Author: Note, “1983 Legislative Changes,” 20 Idaho Law Review 535, 1984.

Research Editor, Idaho Law Review, 1983-1984

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