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Eric W. Johnson

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: 2021 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2007
Licensed in Ohio Since: 1995
Practice Areas: Family Law, Appellate
Attorney Profile

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
  • 90%Family Law
  • 10%Appellate
Focus Areas

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


2 Years Super Lawyers
1 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2007

Certificates and Credentials

About Eric W. Johnson

First Admitted: 1995, Ohio

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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


  • Super Lawyers 
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2009

Educational Background

  • Michigan State University - B.S., Astrophysics, 1990

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Family Relations Law, 2012

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Collaboration with Operation Legal Help Ohio to provide services to low income veterans., 2015

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Provides testimony before subcommittees of the Ohio Legislature in support of bills initiated by the Ohio State Bar Association., 2016

Industry Groups

  • Families
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Office Location for Eric W. Johnson

400 South Fifth Street
Suite 101
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 380-217-3322

Fax: 614-464-2035

Last Updated: 6/1/2022

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