Hershel James Howard II



James Howard represents domestic and international clients in sophisticated matters involving corporate tax law, finance and securities, primarily in the energy and real estate sectors. He has extensive experience assisting clients with the tax and corporate issues related to structuring and planning for international investments and financings, and counsels companies with global operations seeking efficient ways to repatriate profits generated overseas while navigating international tax laws. He has structured numerous partnerships and joint ventures, both in the United States and internationally.

James once served as outside general counsel for a global company advising on a wide range of issues, including numerous M&A transactions. He still works with many private equity-backed management teams, advising on tax and corporate matters. He has also represented real estate owners and developers in corporate and tax-related planning.

In the energy sector, James helps clients involved in the exploration and production, oilfield services and chemical sectors. He also advises tax-exempt entities, such as higher education institutions, charities and private clubs, in their operations.

Clients regard James as an experienced business advisor who knows corporate tax law. They value that his practical tax advice, synthesizing the complicated principles of tax law in a manner that allows them to make informed decisions.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
    • Member, Taxation Section
      • Former Member, Council
      • Former Chair, Partnership & Real Estate Tax Committee
      • Member, Corporate Tax Committee
      • Member, International Tax Committee
      • Former Member, Subcommittee on Corporate Tax Shelters
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Director, Texas Institute for Federal Taxes
  • Member, Houston Tax Roundtable
  • Member, International Tax Forum of Houston

Community Involvement

  • Member, Oklahoma State University Foundation
  • Director, The Houston Club
    • Treasurer
  • Coach, Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Softball
  • Coach, Southwest Football League
  • Coach, Houston Heat Softball All-Stars

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers® in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White Inc.)
    • Tax Law (2012-2018)


  • J.D., South Texas College of Law (1994)
  • B.A., Oklahoma State University (1991)


  • Texas (1995)
  • Texas State Courts (1995)
  • U.S. Tax Court (1995)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (1995)