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Kenneth J. Horoho, Jr.

Member, Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

During the past three decades, Mr. Horoho has been involved in some of the most complex equitable distribution, divorce and custody cases in Western Pennsylvania. Although he has handled complicated family law issues in counties stretching from Erie to Greene, he primarily focuses his practice in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Butler and Washington counties. He was recognized by his peers for his divorce and family law practice by being selected by Woodward-White to their 25th Anniversary Edition of The Best Lawyers In America and being named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since 2004. He elevated his reputation as a problem-solver during his tenure as the 112th President of the 29,000-member Pennsylvania Bar Association in 2006 and his willingness to address tough issues by agreeing to serve as a member of 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. Appointed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille, Mr. Horoho, along with his fellow commissioners, held 11 days of public hearings, heard testimony from more than 60 individuals and in May 2010, prepared a 66-page report, which was presented to Pennsylvania's three branches of government.

Mr. Horoho, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Saint Francis University and his Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University School of Law, 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.

In addition, in January of 2005, Mr. Horoho was named an adjunct professor on the facility of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he teaches a course on 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.

In June of 2010, Mr. Horoho was elected to the Board of Trustees at Saint Francis University. In addition, he currently serves on the Duquesne University School of Law Dean's Advisory Board and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Downtown YMCA since 1982 and served as its President from 1987-1989. He was Chairman of the YMCA Scholar Athlete Banquet from 1986-2007. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Special Olympics. In 2008 and 2009, he was also selected as an honoree of the Irish American Legal 100.

He has been admitted to the U.S. Tax Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Business Law

Bar Admissions

  • 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


  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Juris Doctor - 1980
    • Honors: Appellate Moot Court Board
    • Honors: Staff Member, Juris Magazine
    • Honors: Finalist in National Tax Moot Court Competition
  • St. Francis University, Loretto, Pennsylvania
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude) - 1977
    • Honors: Dean's List, 1973-1977
    • Honors: Member of the varsity basketball team, 1973-1977
    • Major: Accounting

Published Works

  • 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
  • Key Note 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


  • 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

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
  • 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

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Special Olympics, 1991 - 1993
  • Board of Directors, Downtown YMCA, 1982 - Present
  • Board of Directors, Downtown YMCA, President, January, 1988 - September, 1989
  • President, Pennsylvania Special Olympics, 1987 - 1989
  • Chairman, YMCA Scholar Athlete Banquet, 1985 - 2007
  • Member of the Executive Council of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association

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