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Kenneth J. Horoho, Jr.

Kenneth J. Horoho, Jr. is one of Western Pennsylvania’s preeminent family law attorneys, having been involved in some of this region’s most complex equitable distribution, divorce, and custody cases over the past three decades.

His reputation as a family law advocate and problem-solver have earned him numerous distinguished appointments from the governor of Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Allegheny County Bar Association, and several prominent universities and community organizations.

He served as president of the 29,000-member Pennsylvania Bar Association in 2006. Then in 2009, Supreme Court Justice Ron Castille appointed him to serve on the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice; a special panel created by Governor Edward Rendell and the Pennsylvania state legislature to investigate the causes of one of the most extraordinary cases of judicial corruption in state history.

Mr. Horoho is also an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he teaches Advanced Family Law Trial Advocacy. He is a frequent lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the PBA and the ACBA on topics of divorce, support, equitable distribution, and custody.

Ken has served on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Continuing Legal Education Board since 2011 and was appointed chairman in 2017.  He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Saint Francis University and serves on the Duquesne University School of Law Dean’s Advisory Board. Additionally, Mr. Horoho is a member of the Board of Directors of the Downtown YMCA and served as its president from 1987-1989. He was chairman of the YMCA Scholar Athlete Banquet from 1986-2007 and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Special Olympics.

Law School & Other Schools Attended

Bachelor of Science (cum laude), Saint Francis University, 1977

  • Major: Accounting
  • Honors: Dean’s List, 1973-1977
  • Honors: Member of the varsity basketball team, 1973-1977

Juris Doctorate, Duquesne University School of Law, 1980

  • Honors: Appellate Moot Court Board
  • Honors: Staff Member, Juris Magazine
  • Honors: Finalist in National Tax Moot Court Competition

Super Lawyer

Named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since 2004

Best Lawyers

Selected by Woodward-White to their 25th Anniversary Edition of The Best Lawyers in America and has been named to Best Lawyers every year since 2004

Jurisdictions

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1980

U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1980

U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1980

U.S. Tax Court, 1980

Awards & Certifications

Mr. Horoho has a long history as a leader in state, local and national bar association organizations. In addition to serving as President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, he has been elected and appointed to numerous PBA committees, task forces and special projects. He served for six years on the Executive Council of the PBA Family Law Section, was Vice-Chair of the PBA’s Children’s Rights Committee, has been a member of its House of Delegates since 1990 and served as PBA zone 12 (Allegheny County) Governor on the PBA Board of Governors.

During his year as Chair of the PBA Young Lawyers Division in 1991, he developed and co-produced an education videotape “Children First: Custody, the Courts and Your Family“, that explains the custody process for families experiencing separation and divorce. It became mandatory viewing during the conciliation phase of custody cases in many counties throughout Pennsylvania. Mr. Horoho also served for 12 years on the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Board of Governors and was Chairperson of its Family Law and Young Lawyer Sections.

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Business Law

Published Works and Selected Speeches

  • The Ten Commandments of Prenups, co-authored with Harry J. Gruener, for the Allegheny County Bar Association Lawyers Journal, Special Family Law Edition, March 18, 2016, Vol. 18, No. 6.
  • Remarks at the Investiture of David J. Hickton, US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, September 7, 2010
  • Lessons Learned From Luzerne, The Pennsylvania Law Weekly and The Legal Intelligencer, July 2010
  • Opening Remarks at the 2008 National Forum on Children’s Summit, May 2008
  • Keynote Address, 2008 Red Mass/Law Day, Saint Francis University – April 25, 2008
  • Romance Meets Financial Realism, Pittsburgh Business Times, August 2007
  • Thank You for the Support – President’s Side Bar, The Pennsylvania Lawyer, June 2007
  • President’s Remarks at Outreach to Children Summit, May 24, 2007, Harrisburg, PA
  • Remarks of PBA President Kenneth J. Horoho, Jr., Investiture of Justice James Fitzgerald, III, to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, April 18, 2007
  • Welcoming Remarks of PBA President, Kenneth J. Horoho, Jr. at First Annual Matthew J. Ryan Public Policy Forum, U.S. Constitution Center, Philadelphia, March 30, 2007
  • The Changing Face of Leadership – Opening remarks of PBA President Kenneth J. Horoho, Jr. at PBA Minority Attorney Conference, March 22, 2007, Pittsburgh
  • Special Edition – Tribute to William S. Schweers, Sr., – PBA Bar News, March, 2007
  • Championing an Independent Judiciary – President’s Side Bar, The Pennsylvania Lawyer, February, 2007
  • Attorneys Deserve Thanks for Pro Bono Work in Unpopular Matters, Harrisburg Patriot News, February 11, 2007
  • Remarks of PBA President Kenneth J. Horoho, Jr. at Dr. Martin Luther King Tribute, January 15, 2007, Pittsburgh
  • Welcoming Remarks of PBA President at the PBA Diversity Summit, November 29, 2006
  • To Promote the Public Trust, The Pennsylvania Law Weekly, November 27, 2006
  • Welcoming Remarks by Ken Horoho, President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association for Special CLE Session on “Operation Safe Surf”, October 2006
  • Leading the Way: To the Polls and Beyond – President’s Side Bar, The Pennsylvania Lawyer, July, 2006
  • Litigating the Complex Support Case, The Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association Magazine, January, 1989
  • Professional Athlete Representation – Attorneys Hold the Winning Hand, Duquesne Law School Magazine – Juris, May 1980

Classes/Seminars

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Adjunct Professor – Advanced Family Law Trial Advocacy
  • Catalyst for Change: The Implementation of the Recommendations of the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice, PBA Midyear Meeting, February 5, 2010, Key West, FL
  • Juvenile Defender Training Program, November 3, 2010, Harrisburg, PA
  • Custody Relocation – A Detailed Analysis of Trends in Case Law, July, 2010 PBA Family Law Section Summer Meeting, Bonita Springs, FL
  • Breathe Out, Breathe In and Move On: Quality of Life, PBA YLD Summer Meeting, July 30, 2010, Seven Springs, PA
  • Anatomy of a Case: Planning for an Equitable Distribution Trial: PBA Family Law Section Summer Meeting, Savannah, GA
  • All in the Family, PBA Young Lawyers Division 2009 Summer Conference, August, 2009
  • Dealing With Dirty Tricks in Divorce, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December 15, 2008
  • PBA Family Law Section Outreach Program, Cambria County Bar Association, December 5, 2008
  • A Community Forum: Creating Resilient Families, Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas, August 29, 2008
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements Needed When Romance Meets Financial Realism, Continuing Professional and Continuing Legal Education Association, May 21, 2008
  • When the Gavel Falls, PBA Family Law Section Winter Meeting, January 2008
  • A Dialogue of the Pennsylvania Judiciary, held March 7, 2007 at Widener University School of Law
  • Course Planner: Family Law Potpourri Program, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, March 2004
  • Dialogue With The Court & Legislature– Judicial Independence, PBA Midyear Meeting, January, 2006
  • Signing Your Life Away, PBA Family Law Section Summer Meeting, July, 2003
  • Trial of a Custody Case, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, July 10, 2002
  • Moderator, Domestic Relations Practice: Family Law; Hard Issues Faced Daily, Pennsylvania Trial Law Association, April 8, 1994
  • Family Law in the 90’s, PBA YLD Winter Meeting, 1993
  • Custody Relocation Seminar, Allegheny County Bar Association Family Law Section, 1991
  • Corporation and Partnership Valuations in Divorce, Allegheny County Family Law Section, 1990
  • How to Effectively Litigate the Family Law Case, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
  • Nuts and Bolts of a Family Law Case, 1986 presented by the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Ethical Issues in the High-Profile and Celebrity Divorce, PBA Family Law Section Summer Meeting,
    2016
  • Marriage v. Cohabitation: Weighing the Financial and Benefits Perspective, Pennsylvania Bar Institute/Elder Law Institute, 2016
  • To Seal or Not to Seal the Record, Pennsylvania State Conference of Trial Judges Summer Conference, 2016
  • Ethical Issues in the High-Profile and Celebrity Divorce, Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Summer Meeting. Williamsburg, Virginia, July 2016

Honors and Awards

  • Supreme Court Appointment – Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice – Appointed Commissioner, August 2009
  • Selected by Woodard-White to their The Best Lawyers In America publication, including selection to the 25th Anniversary Edition of The Best Lawyers In America, 2004-present
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2004-present
  • 112th President of the 29,000 member Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2006 – 2007
  • In 2008 and 2009, he was also selected as an honoree of the Irish American Legal 100.
  • Recipient of Saint Francis University Bel Cuore Award presented September 2010 by President Father Gabriel Zeis and the Saint Francis University Stokes Club
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association President’s Award presented May 2000 by PBA President Louis Teti in recognition of service to the PBA and the profession
  • Special Achievement Award presented by PBA President Andrew Susko, June 2008
  • Art Rooney Humanitarian Award presented by the Champions Association
  • Saint Francis University Outstanding Pittsburgh Alumnus, 1989
  • Allegheny County Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 1989
  • YMCA Service to Your Award, 1995

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2006-2007 – President
  • PBA, 2005-2006 – President Elect
  • PBA, 2004-2005 – Vice President
  • PBA House of Delegates, 1990-Present – Member
  • PBA, 2004-2008 – Board of Governors
  • PBA, 2000-2003 – Board of Governors (Zone 12 Govenor)
  • PBA, 1990-1993 – Board of Governors
  • PBA, 1996-1999 – Member, Family Law Section Council
  • PBA, 2000-2003 – Board of Governor Liaison to the Family Law Section
  • PBA, 1991-1993 – Board of Governor Liaison to the Family Law Section
  • PBA, 1983-Present – Member, Family Law Section
  • PBA, 1999-2000 – Chairperson, Task Force on Quality of Life/Balance
  • PBA, 1994-1995 – Vice-Chairperson, Children’s Rights Committee
  • PBA, 1994-1997 – Member of the Review and Certifying Board
  • PBA, 2004-2006 – Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation
  • PBA, 2005-Present – Pennsylvania Bar Foundation Commonwealth Club Fellow
  • PBA, 2008-Present – Member of the Nominating Committee
  • PBA, Co-Creator and Producer of educational videotape
  • PBA, Young Lawyers Division, 1991-1992 – Chairperson
  • PBA, Young Lawyers Division, 1990-1991 – Chairperson Elect
  • PBA, Young Lawyers Division, 1988-1993 – Officer and Member of the Executive Council
  • PBA, Young Lawyers Division, Liaison to the American Bar Association
  • PBA, Young Lawyers Division, 1989-1991 – Division Executive Council
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Course Planner and frequent lecturer on topics of divorce, support, equitable distribution and custody
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, 1998-2003 – Board of Governors
  • ACBA, 1988-1996 – Board of Governors
  • ACBA, 1989-1990 – Assistant Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Governors
  • ACBA, 1989 – Chairperson of the Young Lawyers Section
  • ACBA, 1996-1997 – Chairperson of the Family Law Section
  • ACBA, 1987-1999 – Member, Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-Chairperson of the Family Law Section
  • ACBA, 1987-Present – Special Fee Determination Committee
  • ACBA, 1983-1991 – Member of the Young Lawyers Section Council
  • ACBA, 1989-1990 – Young Lawyers Section Liaison to the American Bar Association Young Lawyer Division
  • American Bar Association, 1988-1990 – Vice-Chair of Children and the Law Committee of the Young Lawyers Division
  • ABA, 1988-1992 – Member of the Executive Council of the Young Lawyers Division
  • ABA, 1988-1989 – District 5 Representative (Pennsylvania) to the Young Lawyers Division
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 1990-1991 – Board of Directors
  • Chairman, YMCA Scholar Athlete Banquet, 1985 – 2007
  • Member of the Executive Council of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association