Patrick Howe is an experienced attorney in all areas of real estate development, real estate transactions, and alcoholic beverage law. He represents a diverse group of clients, ranging from entrepreneurs to national publicly traded companies. He handles all aspects of real estate development, with a unique emphasis on zoning and entitlement matters. He routinely drafts and negotiates purchase agreements, lease agreements, and options for commercial, industrial, automotive, and retail properties in Michigan and throughout the United States.  

In additional to his robust real estate practice, he is known as a go-to resource with respect to Michigan alcoholic beverage law and practice, and has worked with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission on a daily basis for nearly 20 years. His hospitality and alcoholic beverage clients include local and national wineries, breweries and distilleries, on-premise retailers, off-premise retailers, and third party facilitator services. He handles liquor license applications, violations, audits, special event permitting, and provides general counsel on the Michigan Liquor Control Code and Administrative Rules. 

Patrick brings a valuable hands-on perspective to his practice being the owner of multiple small businesses and development projects throughout his career, having served as a principal and in-house general counsel for an active multifamily housing development company, and serving as counsel to a Napa, California based family winery for many years.

A lifelong resident of metropolitan Detroit, Patrick has actively engaged in the region’s resurgence, and has considerable experience coordinating developments through the City of Detroit approval processes.  He also serves as general counsel to various small businesses, entrepreneurs, and families, advising on general business matters.



Representative Matters


  • Represent hundreds of liquor licensees in all three tiers of the alcoholic beverages industry
  • Routinely handles Michigan Liquor Control Commission and TTB licensing applications
  • Represents in state and out of state licensees in complex audit and violation matters initiated by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and Michigan Attorney General
  • Serves as special counsel and expert witness counsel in litigation matters involving Michigan alcoholic beverage law

Real Estate

  • Served as special real estate counsel for Big 3 automotive manufacturer for over 10 years, handling options, leases, subordination agreements and miscellaneous transactional matters to maintain site control over national automotive dealership network
  • Served as a principal and in-house general counsel for multifamily housing development company to develop, stabilize, and sell 4 purpose-built student housing projects in southeast United States consisting of nearly 2,000 beds

Zoning & Land Use

  • Handles special land use, conditional use, site plan, use and dimensional variance requests, and other entitlement applications in complex real estate development projects, and regularly appear before planning commissions, boards of zoning appeals, and local governmental bodies
  • Broad experience with City of Detroit Zoning Ordinance and City approval processes

Prior Experience

  • JPHOWE, PLLC, Owner (2016 – 2022)
  • Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, Partner (2011 – 2015)
  • Carlin, Edwards, Brown & Howe, PLLC, Partner (2006 – 2010)
  • Plunkett Cooney, Attorney (2005 – 2006)






Crain’s Detroit Business, 40 Under 40 Award

The Urban Land Institute (ULI), 40 Under 40 Award

DBusiness Magazine, 30 In Their 30s Award

DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers – Land Use & Zoning Law / Beverage Law

Hour Detroit Magazine, Top Lawyers – Food & Beverage Law

Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Star in Administrative Law

Professional & Community Involvement

State Bar of Michigan

  • Administrative & Regulatory Law Section Council
    • Section Council Member (2014 – 2017)
    • Chair, Hospitality and Alcoholic Beverage Law Subcommittee (2014 – 2017)
  • Real Property Law Section
    • Zoning & Land Use Subcommittee

Urban Land Institute – Michigan District Council

  • Member, Executive Board
  • Chair of Mission Advancement
  • Co-Chair of the Larson Leadership Program (2014-2016)
  • Co-Chair of the ULI-Michigan Young Leaders Group (2010-2014)

Alliance of Hospitality Industry Attorneys & Consultants, Member

National Association of License Compliance Professionals, Member

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