J. Scott Howard

Direct: 512.329.1002
Email: Showard@TexasDefense.com
Firm: 512.329.3290
Fax: 888.255.0132


Scott Howard has represented individuals and businesses throughout Texas, and has tried cases from El Paso to Beaumont, and Texarkana to San Antonio. He earned board certification in 1994 in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and practices primarily in all forms of personal injury litigation. He was recognized as a 10 Best Attorney by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, for 2016 and 2017. He has argued or briefed cases in the Texas Courts of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Howard is also a successful mediator in general litigation and family law matters and has served as an Independent Hearings Examiner through the Texas Education Agency.


Mr. Howard joined the law firm of Castagna Scott LLP in August 2016, practiced for twenty-five years in Tyler, Texas, and has practiced in and around Austin for over nine years.


Mr. Howard received his J.D. degree with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1981. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Public Policy Studies from Duke University in 1977, where he suffered through the only four years that the Blue Devils finished last in the ACC in basketball. He graduated from Austin High School in Austin in 1973, playing baseball, and participating in and leading a number of student and community activities.

Bar admissions and activities

Mr. Howard was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1982, and is admitted to practice in all courts in Texas, including the U.S. District Courts in the Northern District, Western District, Eastern District and Southern District of Texas, and the United States Supreme Court. He has served as a volunteer mediator with the North Texas Dispute Resolution Center, Dallas Dispute Resolution Services, Austin Dispute Resolution Center, and helped organize and manage the Frank Evans Dispute Resolution Center in Bastrop. He has served as a mentor with the Smith County Bar Association, as Secretary of the Bastrop County Bar Association and Chair of the Bastrop County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.


Mr. Howard was born and raised in Austin. In addition to bar activities, he has coached more youth baseball and basketball than he cares to think about, and has served as an elder in First Presbyterian Church in Tyler, and on the boards of various community organizations.