Howard Essner, JD

General Counsel, Family Wealth & Retirement Plan Advisor

Howard is a Managing Director and member of Ancora’s Executive Committee. Howard is an attorney licensed in Ohio with more than 30 years of legal experience. Howard leads Ancora’s Lifetime Planning Group, overseeing a team of financial planning specialists providing high net worth families with custom retirement planning, cash flow planning, tax planning and compliance, risk management, and legacy planning. Howard also participates in Ancora’s Retirement Plan Services and has extensive experience with retirement plans both as a former ERISA attorney and a plan administrator for a 200+ employee plan.

Howard started his legal career with the law firm of Hahn, Loeser and Parks in Cleveland, where he was first an associate and then a partner. Howard’s practice included corporate, tax, employee benefits, estate planning and non-profit law. In 1991, he became General Counsel and Senior Vice President for PASCO, Inc., a privately held company in Hudson, Ohio. Howard is a member of the Executive Committee and First Vice President of the Northern Ohio Golf Association, board member of The Turn and past President and Trustee of the Silver Lake Country Club in Silver Lake, Ohio. Howard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude, with distinction) in History from The Ohio State University, a Master of Arts degree in History of Religion from Brown University, and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Akron School of Law.

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