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John C. Howett Jr.

Family Attorney at Harrisburg, PA

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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.

Licensed for 48 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1974
Updated 12/04/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Howett, Kissinger & Holst, P.C.
130 Walnut Street
P.O. Box 810
Harrisburg, PA, 17108

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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2014
GO-TO Attorney for all Domestic Legal Matters in Central Pennsylvania
Jack represented me in a very highly contested custody case involving 3 minor children. The court appointed custody expert concluded that the children should move from PA back to FL with their mother (which was also the preference of the 3 children). Throughout a 3 day hearing, Jack successfully repudiated each item that the court appointed expert based his decision on. Jack skillfully made each witness called by the mother appear untruthful at best resulting in the judge issuing an eight page strongly worded opinion concluding that the 3 children remain with the father in PA. Jack's handling of my custody case was professional in all aspects, i.e., discovery, depositions, interviews with the 3 children, courtroom demeanor, etc. He is definitely the "go-to" domestic attorney in my opinion. Finally, Jack's legal fees were every bit worth the fine legal services I received.
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Posted by Sheri | August 30, 2013
Expertly handled multiple complex legal questions in a very difficult case
We are involved in very complex modification of alimony and adult child support cases & have every confidence that Mr. Howett, his partners, & support staff are providing us with legal representation second to none. Mr. Howett is extremely loyal & is a deeply caring person, taking the time to speak to my adult children to make sure their questions are answered & actively listening to them....hearing their concerns. He keeps in close personal contact with us, often when he is on vacation. He has always understood that although I am his client, I am part of a family unit (my children, my aging mother, & myself). He truly looks at our issues from a viewpoint that is family oriented. He has taken the time to learn about autism, adult social services, & disability law to better represent us. The firm has gone out of its way to keep our fees more than reasonable. In Mr. Howett, we know we could not have found a better or more competent attorney.
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Posted by Richard | February 5, 2011
Not efficient
We retained an attorney from the law firm: Howett, Kissinger & Holst, P.C., two plus years ago to handle the divorce of our son. On what, we were told, was the final document before it went to the court to approve his divorce, his spouses attorney sent the final documents with the wife's signature, but they neglected to have the correct date of separation (about 3 months earlier) and did not notorize her signature. Our/son's attorney apparently did not proofread them and had our son sign them and then realized they were not notorized and returned them to the spouses attorney with our son's signature. Her attorney never filed or sent them to the court. So, about 27 months since their separation they are still married and we spent about $15,000 for nothing. We think this was totally neglectful on the part of Howett, Kissinger and Holst firm.
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Response from John Howett November 16, 2012
We are sorry to hear that Richard was displeased with his representation. Unfortunately, when looking through our files, were were unable to identify this client, and so could not reach out to him. We encourage Richard to please contact us so that we can work with him to resolve any concerns that he has.

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Howett, Kissinger & Holst
  • 1975 - Present

Education

  • Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1968

Associations

  • Equitable Distribution Sub-Committee of the Joint State Government Commission Advisory Committee on Domestic Relations Law
  • Chair
  • 1994 - Present
  • 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
  • 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
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules
  • Member
  • 1992 - 1997
  • Dauphin County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair
  • 1988 - 1990
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 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
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • First Family Law - Lawyer of the Year for Central Pennsylvania
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 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
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Publications

  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • 2005 Pennsylvania Divorce Code Amendments
  • 2005
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)
  • 1988 Pennsylvania Divorce Code Amendments
  • 1988

Speaking Engagements

  • Child Support Guidelines
  • Revised Child Support Guidelines
  • N/A
  • Drafting Prenuptial Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • N/A
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Equitable Distribution in Pennsylvania
  • N/A
  • Family Law
  • Hot Tips in Family
  • N/A
  • Family Law
  • Fundamentals of Family Law
  • N/A
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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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Harrisburg Family Lawyer John C. Howett Jr.
John C. Howett Jr.
Family Attorney
Harrisburg, PA
Licensed for 48 years