Jack Howett is a Pennsylvania attorney who focuses his practice on family and matrimonial law. He is the senior attorney in the law firm of Howett, Kissinger & Holst, P.C.
Jack began law school in 1971, shortly after his return from Vietnam as a First Lieutenant (Infantry) in the United States Army, where he held both Command and Staff positions. Jack graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 and from the Dickinson School of Law in 1974.
Well known for his service to the legal profession, Jack sat on numerous Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committees involving family law, including: the Domestic Relations Rules Committee, the Forms Revision Committee, and the Appellate Court Rules Committee. He is also a Charter Member of the Joint State Government Advisory Committee on Domestic Relations where he serves as Chair of the Sub-Committee on Equitable Distribution. Jack also served as a Special Master in divorce in Dauphin County.
Respected amongst the legal community, Jack is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. In addition, since 2003, Jack has been continuously recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, and since 1986, he has been continuously chosen as one of the Best Lawyers in America. Jack also had the honor of being selected in 2009 as the first “Family Law-Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America for Central Pennsylvania.
Jack has served numerous roles in the Pennsylvania Bar Association, including Chair of the Family Law Section and Member of both the Board of Governors and the House of Delegates. He has also held the position of President of the Dauphin County Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker and author for the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, where he has spoken on issues including: The Support Guidelines, Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements, Equitable Distribution in Divorce, and more. Jack has also spoken before the State Trial Judges Conference and the Domestic Relations Association of Pennsylvania. He authored the PBI books on both the 1988 and the 2005 Divorce Code amendments.
From 1974 until her untimely death in 2008, Jack was married to Dr. Mary K. Sheehan Howett, a well-known scientist who served as a Professor in the Department of Microbiology at Hershey Medical Center and later as Department Head of Bioscience and Biotechnology at Drexel University. Together they had two children, with whom he continues to share his love of sailing, traveling, and cooking.
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I have known Jack for about 14 years. He and I worked together on a seminar I was running back in 1999, called Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements. I could immediately tell that the other attorneys had a great deal of respect for Jack. Over the years, as I have had the privilege of working with him, I too have developed that level of respect. Any individual in need of a family law attorney in central Pennsylvania would be most fortunate to have Jack as his or her attorney.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Since 1989||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers Magazine||2011|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2010|
|First Family Law - Lawyer of the Year for Central Pennsylvania||Best Lawyers in America||2009|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2009|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2008|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2007|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2006|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2005|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2004|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2003|
|Senior Partner||Howett, Kissinger & Holst||1975 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||President Pennsylvania Chapter||1999 - 2000|
|Pennsylvania Supreme Court Domestic Relations Procedurale Rules Committee||Member||1997 - 2003|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section||Chairman||1995 - 1996|
|Equitable Distribution Sub-Committee of the Joint State Government Commission Advisory Committee on Domestic Relations Law||Chair||1994 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules||Member||1992 - 1997|
|Dauphin County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Chair||1988 - 1990|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Member||1986 - Present|
|International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Member||1986 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||1975 - Present|
|Dauphin County Bar Association||Member||1975 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1975 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute||2005 Pennsylvania Divorce Code Amendments||2005|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)||1988 Pennsylvania Divorce Code Amendments||1988|
|Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1974|
|University of Pennsylvania Law School||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1968|
|Family Law||Fundamentals of Family Law||N/A|
|Family Law||Hot Tips in Family||N/A|
|Family Law||Teach Regularly||N/A|
|Equitable Distribution||Equitable Distribution in Pennsylvania||N/A|
|Drafting Prenuptial Agreements||Prenuptial Agreements||N/A|
|Child Support Guidelines||Revised Child Support Guidelines||N/A|