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Beatrice K. Sowald

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Columbus, OH

Sowald Sowald Anderson Hawley & Johnson
400 South Fifth Street, Suite 101
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 380-217-3322
Fax: 614-464-2035
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023
Licensed in Ohio Since: 1966
Practice Areas: Family Law, Estate Planning & Probate
Attorney Profile

Founding member of Sowald Sowald Anderson Hawley & Johnson, Beatrice K. Sowald represents clients in central Ohio. Her focus is on estate planning and family law, and she is certified in Family Law by the Ohio State Bar Association. A former Judge for Municipal Court and Family Relations Court in Franklin County, she also taught family law courses at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Ms. Sowald is admitted to practice in the state of Ohio and before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Federal Court. She attended The Ohio State University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts before the decided to attend law school. At The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, she graduated in 1966 with her Juris Doctor and has spent over five decades representing clients and leading professional activities.

Former chair of the Family Law Committee for both the Ohio State Bar Association and the Columbus Bar Association, she also served as chair for the Professional Ethics Committee in both organizations. Every year since 1987, she has been the co-editor for the resource book Ohio Domestic Relations.

In the beginning of her career, she served with the Franklin County Legal Aid and Public Defender Society as an attorney. The Columbus Bar Association gave her the Professionalism Award in 1993 for her humanitarian concern and integrity. The Ohio State Bar Association also gave her the Ohio Bar Medal, and she was twice selected for inclusion to the list of Top 50 Women Ohio Super Lawyers.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Family Law
  • 10%Estate Planning & Probate


20 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023

Certificates and Credentials

About Beatrice K. Sowald

First Admitted: 1966, Ohio

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Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Family Law, Ohio State Bar Association, 2007 

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Former Chair, Columbus Bar Association, Professional Ethics Committee
  • Former Chair, Professional Ethics Committee, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Former Chair, Ohio State Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Ohio, 1966
  • Former Chair, Columbus Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1967

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Taught Family Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law


  • Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women Ohio
  • Presented in recognition of exceptional dedication to the standards of our profession and demonstrated integrity and humanitarian concern, Professionalism Award, Columbus Bar Association, 1993
  • Super Lawyers, 2004-2021
  • Award given annually to individual who exemplifies unusually meritorious service to the profession, to the community and to humanity., Ohio Bar Medal, Ohio State Bar Association, 2004

Educational Background

  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, B.A., 1948

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Two volume reference manual on Ohio Domestic Relations Law., Co-editor and contributor, Baldwin's Ohio Practice Domestic Relations Law, Thomson West Publishing, 2002
  • Co-Editor, "Ohio Domestic Relations" resource book annually since 1987
  • Taught Family Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law 
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Office Location for Beatrice K. Sowald

400 South Fifth Street
Suite 101
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 380-217-3322

Fax: 614-464-2035

Last Updated: 9/28/2022

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