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H. Thomas Howell
H. Thomas Howell

H. Thomas Howell, a trial attorney whose legal arguments helped overturn the mail-fraud conviction of former Gov. Marvin Mandel, died of a heart attack last Sunday at his Lutherville home. He was 77. "Tom was one of the great legal minds of our day," said Stuart R. Berger, a judge on Maryland's Court of Special Appeals. "He wrote poetically and was an extraordinary researcher. He worked behind the scenes and wrote brilliant legal arguments." Born in Chicago and raised in Towson, he was the son of Harley W. Howell, a founder of the PHH Group, an auto fleet management firm, and Geneva Engelmann, a homemaker. He was a 1955 graduate of Towson High School, and he earned...