Lexi Purich Howard

Of Counsel

916-446-2300 x3036
Practice Area(s): Corporate and Business, Nonprofits, Real Estate

  • Overview
  • Representative Matters
  • Awards
  • Leadership
  • Publications

Lexi Howard’s practice includes commercial real estate, including purchase and sale transactions, title insurance and escrow closing and settlement, easements, conservation easements and development mitigation, and more. Prior to joining Murphy Austin, Lexi worked as a public policy advocate, representing real estate interests in matters related to title insurance, escrow, mortgage lending and foreclosure, affordable housing, restrictive covenants, PACE financing, tax-deferred exchanges, real property assessment and taxation, transfer disclosures, and notarial acts, including statutory, regulatory, and licensing concerns; and representing the primary statewide association for judicial officers, and other trade association and business issues. From 1985 through 2010, Lexi worked for a national title insurance and financial services firm, handling commercial and industrial financing and sale transactions, multi-parcel land trust and conservation easement transactions, and residential and personal property transfers throughout California, as well as branch operations management and underwriting.

Lexi recently authored California Swings for the Fences to Strike Racially Restrictive Covenants from the Public Record, published by the California Lawyers Association’s Real Property Law Section. Lexi serves on the Board of Directors for the Sacramento County Bar Association and for SacLegal, Sacramento’s LGBTQ+ Bar Association, on the Diversity Board for the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and on the Advisory Committee for the Law and Public Policy Program at C.K. McClatchy Senior High School. Lexi is a mentor to high school and law school students, as well as to post-grads and other lawyers. Lexi is a member of the 2022 cohort of Leadership California’s Current Issues and Trends program.

Lexi earned a J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, and a B.S. in Business Management from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.


  • All aspects of commercial real estate matters including: purchase and sale transactions, exchanges, financing, subdivisions, and easements, leases, and related transactions and documents.
  • Represent developers, owners, lenders, borrowers, architects, and contractors in real property transactions.

Past Experience

  • Provided complete legislative, regulatory, and agency support for clients, including all aspects of proposal development and enactment for the development of statutory and regulatory proposals.
  • Named a Rising Star in Northern California Super Lawyers, Real Estate (2021-2022)
  • Sacramento County Bar Association; Board Member
  • SacLegal, Sacramento's LGBTQ+ Bar Association, Board Member; Co-Chair (2018, 2019)
  • The American Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division, Chair, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee (SOGI); Member, Professional Development Committee; Liaison to the ABA SOGI Committee
  • McGeorge School of Law Diversity Board
  • Judicial Fairness Coalition of the California Judges Association, Committee Member
  • C. K. McClatchy High School Law & Public Policy Academy; Advisory Committee Member (2016 to present); Advisory Committee Secretary (2017 to present); Mentor 
  • McGeorge School of Law, First Year Law Student Mentor
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • SacLegal  Sacramento's LGBTQ+ Bar Association
  • Lambda Alpha International, Sacramento Chapter
  • California Lawyers Association
  • California Women Lawyers
  • Women Lawyers of Sacramento
  • Wiley W. Manuel Bar Association
  • Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court
  • California Escrow Association
  • California Mortgage Association
  • American Escrow Association
  • Sacramento Valley Escrow Association
Bar Admissions
  • State Bar of California

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento
J.D., 2015

California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks

B.S., Business Management, summa cum laude, 2010
Recipient of School of Business Departmental Distinction and Outstanding Student Award

California Escrow Association
Certified Senior Escrow Officer, attained 2005; Certified Escrow Instructor, 2003; Certified Escrow Officer, 1994

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J. Scott Alexander, Managing Partner

555 Capitol Mall, Suite 850
Sacramento, CA 95814



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