Holly Howanitz joined Wicker Smith in 2007 and is a partner in the Jacksonville office. She focuses her practice on defending claims in matters of general negligence, personal injury, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, insurance agent malpractice, products liability, automobile negligence, transportation and construction defect litigation. Ms. Howanitz has represented corporations such as The Doctor’s Company, CNA, Amerisure, Scottsdale, Swiss Re, Selective Insurance, ESIS, and The Medical Protective. Ms. Howanitz’s passion for the law has earned her an AV® PreeminentTM rating from her peers, the highest level rating awarded to lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell.
In the area of legal malpractice, Ms. Howanitz has defended attorneys in all areas of practice including real estate, probate, personal injury, and construction. Most recently, she has been involved in the defense of multiple individual and class action lawsuits pending in state and federal court involving allegations of legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and violations of state and federal securities laws.
Ms. Howanitz handles cases in all aspects of construction litigation such as water intrusion issues, settlement issues, defective windows, and roofing cases. She has experience in representing developers, general contractors, sub-contractors, architects, engineers, and other design professionals for residential and commercial properties.
Additionally, Ms. Howanitz has extensive experience in defending insurance brokers and independent insurance agents in errors and omissions litigation.
Ms. Howanitz is admitted to practice in the states of Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. She graduated cum laude from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2004 and received her Bachelor of Arts from Oglethorpe University in 2002. Ms. Howanitz is an active member of The Florida Bar, The State Bar of Georgia, and Tennessee Bar, as well as the Jacksonville Bar Association, Jacksonville Women’s Lawyers Association, Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Junior League of Jacksonville, and the Defense Research Institute. She also serves as a faculty member at the Florida State College at Jacksonville, teaching tort law and bankruptcy to students in the legal studies program. In 2011, Ms. Howanitz was elected to the Board of Directors of the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, which promotes academic achievement and positive life skills in Jacksonville youth through the game of tennis.