Eric W. Johnson

Top rated Family Law attorney in Columbus, Ohio

Sowald Sowald Anderson Hawley & Johnson
Eric W. Johnson
Sowald Sowald Anderson Hawley & Johnson

Practice Areas: Family Law, Appellate; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 1995

Education: The University of Akron School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2007

Sowald Sowald Anderson Hawley & Johnson

400 South Fifth Street
Suite 101
Columbus, OH 43215 Visit website


Eric W. Johnson is partner at Sowald Sowald Anderson Hawley & Johnson, and represents clients in central Ohio and Columbus, Ohio. A family law and appeals attorney, he manages cases related to custody and divorce. In Family Relations law, he is currently a certified specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association. For over two decades, he has represented families and individuals as they work through what are often emotionally distressing times.

Admitted to practice in the State of Ohio, he is also licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Mr. Johnson attended Michigan State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics in 1990. He then moved on to law school and earned a Juris Doctor in 1995 from the University of Akron School of Law.

A recent chair of the Family Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association, Mr. Johnson is also a member of the Columbus Bar Association, Delaware County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and Mensa International. He served eight years on the board of editors for the Ohio Lawyer Magazine and is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International.

Mr. Johnson also has experience in general practice fields, insurance subrogation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation. A fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, he worked to provide legal services to low income veterans with Operation Legal Help Ohio. In the Ohio Legislature, he regularly testifies before subcommittees regarding bills affecting Ohio families.

Practice areas

Family Law, Appellate

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Appeals, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Father's Rights, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

  • 90% Family Law
  • 10% Appellate

First Admitted: 1995, Ohio

Professional Webpage:

  • Super Lawyers , Super Lawyers
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2009
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member, Family Law Committee
  • Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Family Law Committee, 2018
  • Chair of the Legislative Drafting Subcommittee for the OSBA Family Law Committee
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association Family Law Committee
  • Columbus Bar Association Bar Admissions Committee
  • Columbus Bar Association Notary Committee
  • Delaware County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Admitted - Supreme Court of the United States
  • Admitted - U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Board of Editors for Ohio Lawyer Magazine
  • Mensa International
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Ohio Lawyer Magazine, Board of Editors
Educational Background:
  • Michigan State University - B.S., Astrophysics, 1990
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Family Relations Law, 2012
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Provides testimony before subcommittees of the Ohio Legislature in support of bills initiated by the Ohio State Bar Association., 2016
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Ohio Justice Bus - Ohio Access to Justice Foundation, 2022
  • Collaboration with Operation Legal Help Ohio to provide services to low income veterans., 2015
Industry Groups:
  • Children
  • Families
  • Fathers
  • Grandparents
  • Husbands
  • Mothers
  • Parents
  • Wives

Office location for Eric W. Johnson

400 South Fifth Street
Suite 101
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 380-217-3322


4 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2007

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