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Howie & Smith
  • Full service AV-rated firm
  • Efficient resolution of civil litigation matters
  • Effective legal counseling services
  • Defense of sports and recreation and other commercial enterprises and product

Serving Northern California and the Bay Area

Bay Area counties served County Superior Court Locations
Alameda Oakland, Hayward, Pleasanton
San Francisco San Francisco
San Mateo San Rafael
Contra Costa Martinez, Richmond
Santa Clara San Jose
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz
Monterey Monterey, Salinas
Napa Napa
Sonoma Santa Rosa
Solano Fairfield
San Benito Hollister

Howie & Smith, LLP is a full service AV-rated firm providing effective and efficient civil litigation and legal counseling services to clients in a broad range of businesses with an emphasis on sports and recreation commercial enterprises and products. We concentrate on sports and recreation litigation because it is a multi-faceted growth industry which places a high premium on safety. Howie & Smith also successfully represents other commercial and manufacturing interests, rental vehicle companies, and construction clients, as well as public entities.

Office Locations:

San Mateo
1777 Borel Place, Suite 1000
San Mateo, CA 94402
Telephone: (650) 685-9300
Facsimile: (650) 685-3967

3645 Grand Avenue, Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94610
Telephone: (510)834-7500

E-mail: howielaw@howielaw.com


Drafting Enforceable Sports and Recreation Waiver and Release Agreements

Formation of Sports and Recreation Waiver and Release Agreements in California

Avoiding Express Assumption of the Risk: Common Contract Defenses and Alternate Theories of Liability in California

Sample Cases

McAvoy v. Sears Point International Raceway and American Motorcycle Federation
Plaintiff was rendered paraplegic when his motorcycle impacted a restraining barrier on the track.

Ford, Andrada et al. v. County of Alameda, Alameda County Fairgrounds
Plaintiffs were patrons of the Alameda County Fair on July 4, 1998 when a gang gun battle broke out on the midway resulting in serious gunshot and stampeding injuries to multiple Fair patrons.

Stanley v. County of Napa, Franciscan Vineyards
Plaintiff, an attorney, sustained major head and other injuries when he fell from his bicycle after it hit a culvert at the intersection of a county road and the driveway to our client's winery.

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