US Legal – Winstead’s Barrett Howell Elected as President of The PLAN Fund

Dallas, Dec. 15, 2008 – LawFuel- US Legal Newswire – Barrett Howell, an attorney with the law firm Winstead PC, has been elected president of The PLAN Fund, a Dallas-based non-profit, micro-finance lending organization that was spun off from Grameen Foundation, U.S.A. in 2002.

The PLAN Fund ( was originated by two entrepreneurial women who realized that low-income women could successfully rely upon self-employment as a means of elevating themselves out of economic hardship, were they not excluded from formal credit markets. The program combines a hands-on entrepreneur training class, a dynamic peer-support program and micro-credit.

The hub of PLAN Fund activity occurs at six different business centers located in parts of Dallas with greater economic development needs. Since its inception, the PLAN Fund has distributed 487 business loans worth more than $715,000 and has provided business training to almost 2,750 people. The average loan size is approximately $1,475. Since 1999 The PLAN Fund has helped hundreds of people to start or expand their business With the help of The PLAN Fund, entrepreneurs can increase their standard of living, create jobs for their communities, build financial assets, and achieve their business dreams of supporting themselves in a small business.

Howell has been associated with the PLAN Fund since 2002, and has been a member of its Board of Directors since 2004. He is an associate in Winstead’s Corporate, Securities/Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions involving public and private entities, public and private securities transactions, and Securities Exchange Act compliance.

Howell is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas. He received his J.D. from Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law.

Winstead is among the largest business law firms in Texas. Winstead attorneys and consultants serve as trusted advisors to mid-market and large businesses, providing a core range of legal services that are critical to their operation and success. From its well-known reputation in real estate and financial services to its corporate and high-stakes litigation practice, Winstead delivers practical knowledge and responsive service. And it’s all backed by a get-it-done attitude. Winstead has offices in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and The Woodlands, Texas; and Washington, D.C. For detailed information about Winstead, visit

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