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Elizabeth M. Howell



Elizabeth M. Howell has devoted her practice to family law in Kentucky. Howell concentrates her practice in complex financial divorce, including business valuation, trusts, executive compensation, tracing of non-marital funds and creative solutions for complicated assets. She enjoys advocating for her clients both in and out of the courtroom. Her approach to family law puts clients and their goals first.

Howell remains up to date on Kentucky family law statutes, cases, and trends. She annually presents updates to other family law attorneys and judges at continuing legal education courses. Howell was selected for the 2018 – 2023 Kentucky Rising Stars lists. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Howell fell in love with family law because of the ability to work face-to-face with clients on matters that directly impact their daily lives. Howell is passionate about family law, including using alternative dispute resolution methods to amicably and efficiently resolve contentious family law matters. She particularly enjoys working with clients to increase their understanding of the legal process to reduce clients’ stress during what can be a very difficult time.

Howell also works pro bono educating area attorneys, social workers, college administrators, and law school classes on Title IX. Howell has served in a variety of roles in the Louisville and Kentucky legal community. At home, she enjoys spending time with her young family, especially visiting the library to read the latest children’s books.

Elizabeth’s Recent Posts

Additional Information

Professional Memberships

Kentucky Bar Association

Louisville Bar Association

Education and Honors

J.D. cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law, 2013

B.A. in Political Science and English, Calvin College, 2009

Named to the 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 Kentucky Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Lectures and Publications
Continuing Legal Education


·         Legal Training for Dependency, Neglect, and Abuse Cases

·         From Hound Dogs to Horses: Optimizing the Pet’s Well-Being in Divorce Matters, Kentucky Bar Association, Web

·         2023 KY AAML/LBA Family Law Seminar, Louisville, KY

      Military Pension Division

      Cryptocurrency Matters

      Child Custody Evaluation Issues

      Ethics and Malpractice in Premarital Agreements

      Marital Assets vs. Nonmarital Assets

      Appellate Practice

      Child Support


·         2022 KY AAML/LBA Family Law Seminar, Louisville, KY

      Parental Gatekeeping

      Money Laundering

      Attorney Fees

      Dependency, Neglect, and Abuse

      Cybersecurity & Child Tax Credits

      Multi-state Child Custody


·         2020 AAML National Seminar, Web

·         Cutting Edge Evidence Issues

·         Virtual Advocacy, Wave of the Future?

·         Divorcing the Highly Planned Family

·         Virtual Negotiating

·         Defending the Accused

·         What Family Lawyers Must Know About Accessing Trust Funds in Divorce and Beyond

·         Finding Solutions in Extreme Risk Cases

·         Family Law Ethics and Best Practices for the Practitioner in a Post-Covid World

·         Avoiding Appellate Pitfalls and Preserving Appellate Error

·         A Deck Stacked with ACES: How a Scientific Study Can Improve Our Service to Clients and Care for Ourselves

·         Appraisals of Fine and Decorative Arts and Luxury Goods: What the Matrimonial Lawyer Needs to Know

·         Guarding Against Ethical Pitfalls in Legal Research Casetext, Web


·         Cross-Examination: A Lawyer’s Only Chance to Testify Louisville Bar Association, Louisville, KY

·         2019 KY AAML/LBA Family Law Seminar: “We’re Not Kidding Around,” Louisville, KY

      Child Custody Issues

      Family Law Arbitration

      Supreme Court Update

      Best Practice Family Law Evaluations: What to Expect from the Expert

      Ethics in the Courtroom: Civility and Professionalism in Family Court

      Prenuptial Agreements: The Do’s and Do Not’s Before “I Do”

      Parental Alienation

      Tax Issues

      Current Topics in Legal Ethics

      Presumption of Custody and New Child Support Guidelines

·         Divorce for Farmers, National Business Institute, Web


·         Court of Appeals Family Case Law Update and Appellate Practice Tips Louisville Bar Association, Louisville, KY

·         2018 KY AAML/LBA Family Law Seminar: “All in the Family,” Louisville, KY

        Do you know the Family Law Changes, Ambiguities, Survivors and Hybrids (C.A.S.H.) of the 2017 Tax Act?

        DNA Cases

        Civil v. Criminal Contempt

        Analyzing Custody Evaluations

        Legislative Update

        Annual Judicial Panel

        Ethical Lesson from “Reel” Life

        Supreme Court Update

        Military Retirement

        Court of Appeals, Interlocutory, Writs

·         Navigating the New Divorce Taxation Minefield, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Web


·         Annual Nuts & Bolts of Family Law Seminar Louisville Bar Association, Louisville, KY

·         National Family Law Trial Institute, Houston, TX

      Strategies for direct and cross examination of psychological and financial experts

      Practice guidelines and appropriate methodologies for custody evaluations

      The use of psychological testing and its role in custody cases

      Expert witnesses and trial consultants

      Valuation of a closely held business interest

      The elements of a business valuation


·         Income Isn’t Just What’s in the Paycheck: Executive Compensation and Other Employee Benefits, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Web

·         It can be Taxing ‐ How to Read Personal and Business Tax Returns, and Avoid Common Tax Traps, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Web


·         18th Annual AAML/LBA Family Law Seminar: “The Color of Money: Divorce Changes Everything,” Louisville, KY

    Marital Torts

    Trust Issues in Family Law

    Cross Examination of Financial Witnesses

    Same Sex Marriage

    Ethical Conundrums in Family Law

    Judges Panel Discussion: Marital v. Non-Marital

    Division of Large Estates

    Ethics of Closing A Law Practice

    Tax Issues in Family Law

·         Alan T. Slyn 24th Annual Domestic Relations Update, Louisville, KY


·                  2014 Kentucky Law Update, Louisville, KY


·                  KCOJ eFiling Training, Henry-Oldham-Trimble Counties, La Grange, KY

·                  Establishing Evidentiary Foundations with A/V Presentation Equipment, Louisville, KY