TAMPA, Fla. (February 8, 2019) – Holland & Knight attorney George Howell III received The Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award for 2019 during a ceremony at the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee on February 7.
Each year The Florida Bar honors one attorney from each judicial circuit statewide for outstanding efforts in making legal representation available to those otherwise unable to afford it. Mr. Howell was chosen as the winner for the 13th Judicial Circuit, covering Hillsborough County.
Mr. Howell has a long history of service to the Tampa Bay community and especially its military community. A signature achievement was establishing Mission United, a program launched in January 2018 that assists veterans and their families, with a special focus on active duty service members who are transitioning back to civilian life. Working with United Way Suncoast, Mr. Howell recruited a 21-member Advisory Council, raised funds, hired a program director and brought the community and veterans together to understand veterans’ needs.
Mr. Howell also is leading an effort with Bay Area Legal Services to seek a $500,000 recurring appropriation for a five-county regional Veterans Legal Helpline. Mr. Howell’s commitment to the military also involves pro bono representation of individuals and families. He also has represented the small True Faith Inspirational Baptist Church pro bono for over a decade.
George Howell accepts The Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award