Barbara J. Howard

Top rated Family Law attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio

Barbara J. Howard Co., L.P.A.
Barbara J. Howard
Barbara J. Howard Co., L.P.A.

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 1979

Education: University of Cincinnati College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023

Barbara J. Howard Co., L.P.A.

1610 Scripps Center
312 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202 Visit website


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 from Xavier University in 1976 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 United States Supreme Court and 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 completing her two-year term as the Chair of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, the nearly 600-person policy-making body of the ABA.  She 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.  Other ABA positions include a delegate in the House of Delegates since 1986 and the Ohio State Delegate to the House.  Ms. Howard will chair ABA Day in Washington for 2023.  Ms. Howard was the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Xavier University from 2014 to 2019 and chaired the Presidential Search Committee from 2020 to 2021.  Ms. Howard is also Chair of the Ohio Bar Liability Insurance Company, a Board on which she has served since 2005.

*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

Family Law

Focus areas

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

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 1979, Ohio

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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
Educational Background:
  • Xavier University, Undergraduate Degree, Honor: magna cum laude
  • 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
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Author, Ohio Domestic Relations Practice Manual, LexisNexis Matthew Bender
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
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified by the Ohio State Bar Association, Family Relations Law Specialist, 1999

Office location for Barbara J. Howard

1610 Scripps Center
312 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Phone: 513-421-7300


20 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023

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