Barbara J. Howard

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Cincinnati, OH

Barbara J. Howard Co., L.P.A.
 | 960 Mercantile Center, 120 East Fourth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-421-7300
Fax: 513-562-3532
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
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    Serving clients throughout the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area, including Hamilton, Clermont and Warren counties, Barbara J. Howard focuses her practice exclusively on family law matters at Barbara J. Howard Co., L.P.A. She has been certified as a specialist in family relations law by the Ohio State Bar Association since 1999. Ms. Howard assists people who are facing the end of their marriage and who are dealing with divorce-related issues that can include the division of retirement accounts and other complex marital assets, child custody and visitation, alimony, and child support. A strong advocate for her clients in the courtroom, Ms. Howard often attempts to seek resolution of these matters through collaborative law.  Ms. Howard has extensive experience in other areas of family law, including post-divorce order modifications and paternity disputes.

    A native of Ohio, Ms. Howard graduated magna cum laude in 1976 from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. She then obtained her legal education from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1979. Admitted to practice before all Ohio state courts, Ms. Howard is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Highly respected by her fellow attorneys, she is AV Preeminent* peer-review rated through Martindale-Hubbell.

    Ms. Howard is a former president and member of the board of governors of the Ohio State Bar Association. She is also a past president of the Cincinnati Bar Association, and she serves on the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education, having previously served on its Commission on the Certification of Attorneys as Specialists.  She is also Chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Specialization.  Other ABA positions include a delegate in the House of Delegates since 1986 and the Ohio State Delegate to the House. Ms. Howard is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Xavier University.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law


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    Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021

    Certificates and Credentials

    Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist

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    About Barbara Howard

    Admitted: 1979, Ohio

    Professional Webpage:


    • 2010 Alumna Achievement Award from St. Ursula Academy in Toledo
    • Nicholas Longworth Award, College of Law, 1999
    • Xavier University 2010 Distinguished Alumna Award
    • 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” in Family Law
    • Cincinnati Bar Association’s 2010 Trustees’ Award
    • Super Lawyer in Family Law since 2004

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified by the Ohio State Bar Association, Family Relations Law Specialist, 1999

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member
    • Moyer Legacy Committee of the OSBA, Past Chair, Current Member
    • Supreme Court of Ohio Commission, Certification of Attorneys as Specialists, Past Member
    • Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel, Chair
    • Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member
    • Cincinnati Bar Association, Past President
    • Ohio Bar Liability Insurance Company, Underwriting Committee, Chair
    • American Bar Association, ABA’s Standing Committee on Membership, Past Chair
    • Standing Committee on Specialization, Chair
    • Ohio State Bar Association, Past President
    • Ohio Bar Liability Insurance Company, Board of Directors, Member
    • American Bar Association, House of Delegates since 1986
    • ABA Journal Board of Editors, Past Member

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Xavier University, Board of Trustees, Board Member since 1995
    • Xavier University, Board of Trustees, Chair
    • Board of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor
    • Xavier University, Governance Committee and Compensation Committee, Member
    • Xavier University, Executive Committee, Chair
    • Xavier University, Executive Committee, Chair

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Author, Ohio Domestic Relations Practice Manual, LexisNexis Matthew Bender

    Educational Background:

    • Xavier University, Undergraduate Degree, Honor: magna cum laude
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    Office Location for Barbara J. Howard

    960 Mercantile Center
    120 East Fourth Street
    Cincinnati, OH 45202

    Phone: 513-421-7300

    Fax: 513-562-3532

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