Howard E. Spiva practices law in Savannah Georgia (for over 25 years). He limits his practice to serious personal injury, wrongful death and litigation with an emphasis on premises liability, trucking, brain injuries and claims involving children.
Howard is married with two children. His oldest son is a lawyer and practices with Howard. Mr. Spiva was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1984. A graduate of Woodrow Wilson College of Law in Atlanta Georgia, he is past president of the Savannah Trial Lawyers Association, past Regional Chairman of the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation and a life member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.
Howard is admitted to practice in the Superior Court of Chatham County, Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia, United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Howard is also a Real Estate Broker and a Private Pilot.
Howard enjoys the highest rating ("AV") in both legal professional ability and ethical standards given by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Lawyer ratings and evaluations are based on confidential opinions and peer evaluation by members of the Bar and the Judiciary. The ratings include over one million lawyers in 160 countries and only approx. 21% have an AV rating. An AV rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.
Howard has helped his clients through his membership in organizations including the following:
Organizations: Howard is a member of the Savannah Trial Lawyers Association (Past President), Southern Trial Lawyers Association (Past President and Board of Governors), Million Dollar Advocates Forum (2500 members, only 35 in GA), Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (Life Member and past Regional Vice President), (Note: There are 24,760 licensed Georgia attorneys. 2500 GTLA members and less than 25 life members.), Savannah Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association, American Bar Association, Georgia Civil Justice Foundation, The Brain Injury Association formerly the National Head Injury Foundation and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (The Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group). Continuing Education: Howard has attended over 100 day and weeklong legal seminars.
Presentations: Howard has made over 200 legal presentations to organizations, schools, lawyers and trial attorney associations.
MADE NEW GEORGIA LAW: Won appeal to the Supreme Court for decision that a farm tractor is a motor vehicle for purposes of uninsured motorist claims. Co-counsel Clay Davis.
Record Verdicts and Recoveries:
Judgment for 1.15 million ($900,000.00 verdict + $253,000.00 in pre-judgment interest). Co-counsel Clay Davis.
Assisted in trial preparation in Medical malpractice verdict of $6.5 Million against Memorial Hospital.
$4 million record recovery in Wayne County.