Howell v. Howell


Adam Unikowsky of Jenner & Block LLP represented John Howell on the case

The Court unanimously agreed with Mr. Unikowsky’s position that federal law pre-empted a state court’s order directing his client, an Air Force veteran, to indemnify his former spouse for the reduction in her portion of his retirement pay resulting from his post-divorce decision to take disability pay. The Court reached this ruling over the opposition of the Justice Department, which, among other things, argued that “the vast majority of States” had rejected veterans’ arguments under these circumstances, going as far as to include an appendix in its brief enumerating all the state court decisions rejecting Mr. Unikowsky’s position. The 8-0 Howell decision was announced on May 15

Involved fees earner: Adam Unikowsky – Jenner & Block;

Law Firms: Jenner & Block;

Clients: John Howell;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti