Howard F. Sharfstein focuses his practice on trusts and estates, domestic relations and matters affecting the elderly. In many respects, he is a true "counselor," providing advice to his clients on almost any personal problem or question requiring his attention. Howard believes that communication, combined with effective and careful advocacy, can achieve resolution of conflicts in a timely and cost-effective manner. Howard has handled the matrimonial problems of many clients, successfully resolving a multitude of problems, including significant assets to be divided, tax issues and issues affecting minor children.

After graduating, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Dartmouth College in 1967, Howard obtained his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1970, then served as a law clerk to Judge William H. Timbers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Howard is admitted to the New York bar and is a member of the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and New York Super Lawyers. A frequent author and speaker, his articles have appeared in Trusts and Estates, FairShare, Taxation for Lawyers, Taxation for Accountants and the National Law Journal, and he has lectured at bar association meetings and Practising Law Institute programs. Howard’s civic and philanthropic activities include serving as a member of the Advisory Board of Legal Outreach since its inception; serving as a past president and a current trustee of New York’s Central Synagogue; serving as past president and a current member of the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of New York City Inc.; and serving as class chair of Dartmouth College’s Bequests & Trusts Program.


Articles published in National Law Journal, Trusts and Estates, FairShare, Taxation for Lawyers and

Taxation for Accountants

Speaking Engagements

New York State Bar Association

New York City Bar Association

Practising Law Institute



  • New York City Bar Association
  • America Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Civic and Philanthropic 

  • Trustee, Central Synagogue, New York, NY
  • Member, Board of Directors, Plaza Community Jewish Chapel
  • Member, Board of Directors, Mental Health Association of New York City, Inc.
  • Member, Advisory Board, Legal Outreach
  • Bequests & Trusts Chairman, Dartmouth College, Class of 1967


  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • New York Super Lawyers

Prior Experience

  • Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, 1971-77
  • Law Clerk to Hon. William H. Timbers, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1970-71