HOWARD H. MARSHACK graduated from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College.  He is admitted to the bar in the states of Washington and Oregon.  He opened his own office, the HOWARD MARSHACK LAW FIRM, PLLC in 2003 after twenty years with a local firm.

Howard’s practice focuses almost entirely on domestic relations law.  He is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).  AAML fellows are recognized as preeminent family law practitioners in their communities with a demonstrated high level of knowledge, skill and integrity.

Howard is a frequent speaker at family law seminars.  He has written and spoken about community property, legal ethics, international child custody disputes, UCCJA, UCCJEA, and the practical aspects of equal parenting.

Howard is an active member of the Washington Bar Association.  He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Washington State Bar Association Section on Family Law from 1991 to 2003 and served as its chair in 1994.  Howard has served on WSBA task forces and ad hoc committees including the Task Force on Non-Lawyer Practice of Law, Committee to Define the Practice of Law (adjunct member), the Access to Justice Family Law Task Force and the Family Law Forms subcommittee to the Mandatory Forms Committee.

Howard was appointed by the Washington State Supreme Court to the Practice of Law Board and served from 2003-2009.

Howard taught Family Law as an adjunct professor at Clark Community College from 1996-2003.

Howard’s credits and distinctions include:


Clark County Bar Association – Lifetime Achievement Award (2020).

Selected by his peers to be included in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Family Law.

Clark County Bar Association – Donald Simpson Award for Service to the Profession (2013).

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Washington Chapter – Lawyer of the Year, in recognition for contributions to the chapter (2013).


Masters of Social Work, Portland State University (1975)
J.D., Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College (1983)

Bar Admissions

Active member of the Washington State Bar Association
Member of the Oregon State Bar Association
Member of the Clark County Bar Association

Professional Activities
Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
Trained Collaborative Professional 
Delegate – Family Law Consortium of Community Property States, 1998- 2013
Frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars
Author and editor of various publications

See Presentations for a more complete listing of his activities.