Kristine K. Howanski

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Towson, MD

Howanski & Erdman, LLC
 | 600 Washington Ave, Suite 201
Towson, MD 21204
Phone: 410-296-3630
Fax: 410-296-4527
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    As founding partner of Howanski & Erdman, LLC, Kristine K. Howanski is committed to representing clients in greater Baltimore and Towson, Maryland. She focuses her practice on family law cases that involve the following matters: name changes, child custody, separations, child support, prenuptial agreements, post-divorce modifications, property division, divorce, paternity and adoptions.

    Ms. Howanski graduated with high distinction from the University of Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts and was a member of The Phi Beta Kappa Society. She went on to earn a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she participated in the school’s law review and completed a fellowship with a federal court judge. Ms. Howanski was also invited to join the Order of the Coif.

    Helping families resolve their issues requires personal attention and open communication. With a focus on clients’ best interests, Ms. Howanski has successfully navigated even the most complex family law cases for more than 34 years. She takes the time to understand clients’ needs in order to secure the best possible outcome. For Ms. Howanski’s achievements, the Baltimore County Bar Association awarded her the J. Earle Plumhoff Professionalism Award. She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Court of Appeals of Maryland.

    A published author, Ms. Howanski shares her legal experience with others. She holds memberships with the Baltimore County Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association Inc. and the Maryland Bar Foundation.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Name Change, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law


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    Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2021

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    About Kristine Howanski

    Admitted: 1983, Maryland

    Professional Webpage:


    • J. Earle Plumhoff Professionalism Award, Baltimore County Bar Association, 2010
    • selected by Super Lawyers, Top 100 Attorneys in Maryland 2014 to 2020, Super Lawyers , 2020
    • Tommy Donahue Memorial Award, Athletes Serving Athletes, 2013
    • American Jurisprudence Award Conflict of Laws, American Jurisprudence, 1983
    • selected by Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women Attorneys in Maryland 2011 to 2020, Super Lawyers , 2020

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Family and Juvenile Lawyers Section Council (2007-2018) Treasurer of Family and Juvenile Lawyers Section Council - 2014, Secretary and Vice Chair - 2015, Chair - 2016  
    • Chair of Fee Arbitration Committee of Baltimore County Bar Association, 2002
    • Member, Master Serjeant and Buck Serjeant for Serjeants Inn Law Club - 1999-present
    • Member of Nominating Committee for Executive Council for Baltimore County Bar Association, 2010
    • Member and Chair, Baltimore County Board of Appeals - 1995-1998
    • Member of Maryland Bar Foundation
    • Baltimore County Bar Association, Bench Bar Committee, Member, Vice and Chair (2003-2007)  
    • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2003
    • Chair of Memorial Committee of Baltimore County Bar Association, 2016
    • Major and Lt. Col. Maryland Defense Force - 2006-2016
    • Chair of Family Law Committee for Baltimore County Bar Association, 2007
    • Trustee Associate for Student Affairs for Notre Dame of Baltimore University - 1994-present
    • Member of Strategic Planning Committee for Baltimore County Bar Association, 2009
    • Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Committee, Chair 
    • Board member of Women's Bar Association for Baltimore City/County and Carroll County, 2011
    • Baltimore County Bar Association, Fee Arbitration Committee, Member, Vice and Chair (2001-3)
    • Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeal, 1997
    • Chair of Small and Solo Committee for Baltimore County Bar Association, 2015
    • Member, Board of Trustees, Athletes Serving Athletes
    • Editor of Family Law News - 2010 to 2015
    • Chair of Bench/Bar Committee of Baltimore County Bar Association, 2004
    • Member, Eucharistic Minister and contributor for Our Daily Bread at St. Pius X - 1981-2016 Church of the Immaculate Conception - 2017 to present
    • Member, Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-Chair, Chair and now Immediate Past Chair of Family and Juvenile Section Council for Maryland State Bar Association
    • Member and Interim Chair, Baltimore County Ethics Commission - (1991-1995)
    • Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1983
    • Vice Chair of Baltimore County Solo and Small Firm Committee, 2014
    • Member, Board of Trustees, Vice President, President-Elect and President of Eagles Nest, Towson Golf & Country Club - 2003-2012
    • Member of Board of Governors for Maryland State Bar Association

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Maryland Defense Force
    • Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service , 2018

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • The Maryland Judiciary’s Expansive Power to Regulate the Bar Under the Separation of Powers Article; Intermediate Scrutiny Under Maryland’s New Equal Protection Clause, 41 Md. L. Rev. 418 (1982) (article chosen by faculty as best Law Review Article that year), Attorney General v. Waldron
    • National Business Institute publications pertaining to Impact of Bankruptcy on Divorce, Spousal Support, Tax Issues In Divorce and Marital Property, Office Management, MICPEL, Family Law News and Maryland Bar Journal Publications Pertaining to Family Law, including Best Practices for Best Interest Attorneys (May/June 2009) with Walter Herbert and Collaborative Lawyering in Family Law Cases: A Paradigm Shift for Addressing Family Conflict? with Connie Kratovil-Lavelle (March/April 2016)

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • The Daily Record's Maryland's Top 100 Women , 2017

    Educational Background:

    • University of Virginia , 1980
    • J.D., with honor, University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Law, Order of the Coif, 1983
    • Dulaney High School
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    Office Location for Kristine K. Howanski

    600 Washington Ave
    Suite 201
    Towson, MD 21204

    Phone: 410-296-3630

    Fax: 410-296-4527

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    Last Updated: 1/28/2021

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