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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.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 40%
    42 years
  2. Prenuptials: 30%
    42 years
  3. Divorce: 30%
    42 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Jennifer L. Ellis

    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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Contact info

Howett, Kissinger & Holst, P.C.

130 Walnut Street
P.O. Box 810
Harrisburg, PA, 17108


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Since 1989Best Lawyers in America2012
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
First Family Law - Lawyer of the Year for Central PennsylvaniaBest Lawyers in America2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2005
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2004
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerHowett, Kissinger & Holst1975 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Equitable Distribution Sub-Committee of the Joint State Government Commission Advisory Committee on Domestic Relations LawChair1994 - Present
International Academy of Matrimonial LawyersMember1986 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersMember1986 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
Dauphin County Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersPresident Pennsylvania Chapter1999 - 2000
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Domestic Relations Procedurale Rules CommitteeMember1997 - 2003
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law SectionChairman1995 - 1996
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Appellate RulesMember1992 - 1997
Dauphin County Bar Association, Family Law SectionChair1988 - 1990
Publication nameTitleDate
Pennsylvania Bar Institute2005 Pennsylvania Divorce Code Amendments2005
Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)1988 Pennsylvania Divorce Code Amendments1988
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family LawFundamentals of Family LawN/A
Family LawHot Tips in FamilyN/A
Family LawTeach RegularlyN/A
Equitable DistributionEquitable Distribution in PennsylvaniaN/A
Drafting Prenuptial AgreementsPrenuptial AgreementsN/A
Child Support GuidelinesRevised Child Support GuidelinesN/A