Howard Essner, JD
Managing Director, Family Wealth Advisor
Howard is a former practicing attorney with nearly 40 years of legal experience. He 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 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 past President of the Northern Ohio Golf Association, board member and past President 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.