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Kristine Kappeler Howanski

Kristine is the founding partner of the firm, which dates back to 1999 when she first formed her own family law boutique. Prior to that time, Kristine worked as a partner at Semmes, Bowen & Semmes, where she first made her way through the ranks of associate and senior associate. Notably, she was the first person to make partner at Semmes while working part-time to take care of her two sons. Currently, Kristine’s practice is dedicated to family law matters.

Kristine is local to the area and graduated from Dulaney High School (1976). She then received her BA in Government from the University of Virginia (1980, with High Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa), where she lettered in Swimming. Kristine earned her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law (1983), where she served on Law Review and received the Order of the Coif. During law school, Kristine completed an Asper fellowship with the Honorable Norman P. Ramsey.

Kristine enjoys spending time with her husband, sons, and extended family and friends. She also keeps herself busy by serving at church, trying out restaurants, attending shows and watching and participating in various athletic endeavors. Aside from supporting the Ravens, Orioles and Cavaliers, she enjoys playing golf, swimming, cycling, running, working out at the gym, and walking on the beach.


  • Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1983
  • Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeal, 1997
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2003


  • University of Maryland School of Law, JD, Order of the Coif
  • University of Virginia, BA, with High Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Dulaney High School


  • Recipient of the J. Earle Plumhoff Professionalism Award - Baltimore County Bar Association 2010
  • Recipient of the Tommy Donahue Memorial Award - Athletes Serving Athletes 2013
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys in Maryland 2011, 2012

Associations and Activities

  • Member and Interim Chair, Baltimore County Ethics Commission - (1991-1995)
  • Member and Chair, Baltimore County Board of Appeals - 1995-1998
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
    • Family Law Committee, Chair (2004-13)
    • Fee Arbitration Committee, Member, Vice and Chair (2001-3)
    • Bench Bar Committee, Member, Vice and Chair (2003-2007)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Vice President, President-Elect and President of Towson Golf & Country Club - 2003-2012
  • Member, Eucharistic Minister and contributor for Our Daily Bread at St. Pius X - 1981-present
  • Member, Master Serjeant and Buck Serjeant for Serjeants Inn Law Club - 1999-present
  • Trustee Associate for Student Affairs for Notre Dame of Baltimore University - 1994-present
  • Member, Maryland Bar Foundation - 2012
  • Maryland State Bar Association
    • Family and Juvenile Lawyers Section Council (2007-present)
    • Editor of Family Law News - 2010 to present
  • Major and Lt. Col. Maryland Defense Force - 2006-present
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Athletes Serving Athletes


  • Attorney General v. Waldron - 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)
  • 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)