Howard A. Specter

Howard A. Specter

Howard A. Specter ( was graduated from the University of  Pittsburgh and from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He was the founder of Specter Specter Evans & Manogue, P.C. (then known as Specter Law Offices, P.C.). He is admitted to practice before the Courts of Pennsylvania, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Specter is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (PaTLA), the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Specter’s reputation is well-known and well-established. He was elected by his peers to serve as president of ATLA from 1982-1983. As long ago as 1980, he was described by now Chief Circuit Judge Becker as “one of the abler, more experienced and better known class action attorneys currently practicing.” Bartelson v. Dean Witter & Co., 86 F.R.D. 657, 673 (E.D. Pa. 1980).

In addition to serving as past President of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County and the Melvin M. Belli Society, Mr. Specter is past Chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association Antitrust and Class Action Committee, past Chair of the Commercial Litigation Section of ATLA, a member of the Subcommittee on Multi-District Litigation of the Section of Antitrust Law of the ABA and a past President of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of PaTLA. In addition to serving as a frequent faculty member and as three-time Chair of the National College of Advocacy and the National Advanced College of Advocacy (conducted at Harvard Law School, University of Southern California Law School, the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada, Suffolk University Law School and Georgetown University Law Center), where he has lectured and conducted workshops on various aspects of complex and class action litigation, he has lectured on those subjects at various seminars and educational programs in at least: Florida, California, Washington, West Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Georgia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Louisiana, Nevada, Alabama, Kentucky, Kansas, the District of Columbia, Mexico and Canada. He has published papers on these subjects for Trial Magazine, the Texas Trial Lawyers Forum and two editions of the Civil Advocates Manual, published by the Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy, Hastings College of the Law, University of California. The President of the National Judicial College in Reno recently named Mr. Specter as a member of the Council for the Future to serve the Judicial College.

Mr. Specter was charged with drafting comments to the Manual for Complex Litigation for ATLA. He is the author of “Criteria for Fee Awards,” published in Public Interest Practice and Fee Awards, Practicing Law Institute, 1980, and the co-author of “Preparation and Presentation of Fee and Cost Petitions,” published in Court Awarded Fees in “Public Interest” Litigation, Practicing Law Institute, 1978. He is also the author of “Weight of Opinion Evidence,” published in Forensic Sciences, Matthew Bender & Co., 1981, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the National Law Review Reporter, and co-author of the two-volume Individual Employment Law and Litigation, The Michie Company, 1989. In addition, Mr. Specter has also authored or co-authored publications including “Class Actions: Job Bias,” Trial Magazine, January/February, 1974; “Recent Developments in Class Action Litigation,” Civil Advocates Manual, Published by Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy, Hastings College of Law, the University of California, 1974 and 1975 editions; “Organization of the File,” Trial Preparation: The 100 Day Countdown, PBI No. 1993-787; “The Hospital Emergency Room: Haven or Hazard?” Trial Magazine, May 1983; “Incentive Awards in Class Action Litigation,” 3 Federal Litigation Guide Reporter, 591 July, 1991.

Mr. Specter has been actively engaged in class action and other complex litigation for more than 25 years. He is a member of the Editorial Board for Class Action Reports and the Federal Litigation Guide Reporter and a member of the Review Panel for the Medical-Legal Aspects of Breast Implants. Mr. Specter argued the class action of Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Wetzel, 424 U.S. 737 (1976), before the Supreme Court of the United States and also tried that case to a successful result in one of the relatively few nationwide class actions of any kind to be tried. 449 F. Supp. 397 (W.D. Pa. 1978).

Howard Specter has been recognized as a 2009 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, an honored distinction awarded to only 5% of lawyers in the state. Bar associations and courts across the country have recognized the legitimacy of the Super Lawyers® selection process, which Mr. Specter has received annually since 2004.

Mr. Specter and Specter Specter Evans & Manogue, P.C., have been given the highest possible ratings by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

Some of the other, most significant cases on which Mr. Specter has worked are:

  • In re: Westinghouse Securities Litigation, Civil Action No. 91-0354 (W.D. Pa.)
  • In re: Chambers Development Company Securities Litigation, Civil Action No. 92-0679 (W.D. Pa.)
  • In re: Air Crash Near Pittsburgh on September 8, 1994, Misc. No. 94-1014, (MDL 1040) (W.D. Pa.)
  • Hartings v. American Express Company, Civil Action No. 88-744 (W.D. Pa.)
  • In re: Baxter Corporation Gammagard Product Liability Litigation, (MDL 1060) (C.D. Cal.)
  • Piggly Wiggly Clarksville, Inc. v. Mrs. Baird’s Bakeries, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 3:95-CV-48 (E.D. TX.)
  • Marrs, et al. v. New York Life Insurance Company, Civil Action No. 94-2037 (Allegheny Co. Court of Common Pleas, PA)
  • Deal, et al. v. New York Life Insurance Company, et al., Civil Action No. 94-8938 (Allegheny Co. Court of Common Pleas, PA)
  • In re: Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Sales Practices Litigation, (MDL 1091) (W.D. Pa.)
  • Cope, et al. v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, et al., 95-CO-46 (Ct. Of Appeals 7th Appellate) (Columbiana Co. Ct. of Common Pleas, OH)