Barbara J. Howard
Chair, House of Delegates (2020 – 2022)
Principal, Barbara J. Howard Co., LPA, Cincinnati, Ohio
University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1979
Barbara J. Howard is the principal of the law firm of Barbara J. Howard Co., L.P.A., a practice that focuses in family law. Barbara has been certified by the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) as a Family Relations Law Specialist since it was first made available in 1999. She is also trained in Collaborative Law and is a member of the Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals and of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer since 2004, including being named as to the Top 50 Ohio Women and the Top 100 in Ohio.
Her experience within the organized bar, and especially the ABA, is extensive. Having “grown up” in the Young Lawyers Division, she has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1986, when she became Ohio’s Young Lawyer delegate to the House. She is currently serving as Ohio’s State Delegate. She has served at least once on every committee of the House, but for the Tellers, and has chaired the Standing Committee on Membership, the Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel, and currently, the Standing Committee on Specialization. She has also served as a member of the Board of Editors of the ABA Journal, the NCPB Executive Committee, is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the American Law Institute.
Barbara has also served as President of the OSBA and of the Cincinnati Bar Association (CBA). In those Associations, she has also served on many committees. In addition, she is currently a member of the CLE Commission for the Supreme Court of Ohio, having previously served on its Commission on Specialization.
Her involvement in civic and pro bono affairs includes her decades of service at Xavier University, as a member of the Board of Trustees since 1995, as its Chair from 2014 to 2019, and currently as Chair of its Presidential Search Committee. Barbara has served on the Board of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor since 1982 and as its President from 1991 to 1994. She has also served on the Boards of the Athenaeum of Ohio and Cincinnati Union Bethel.
Howard is the author of Ohio Domestic Relations Practice Manual, first published in 1993, now published by Lexis/Nexis. She is a member of the Cincinnati and Ohio State Bar Foundations. She is also a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Barbara has been recognized for her accomplishments by the OSBA with the Ohio Bar Medal, by the CBA with its Trustees Award, by the University of Cincinnati College of Law with its Distinguished Alumnus Award, by her high school, St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, with its Alumna Achievement Award, and by Xavier with its Distinguished Alumnus Award and its Paul L. O’Connor Leadership Award.
Barbara is a graduate of Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science magna cum laude and she received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.