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Two Lawyers Receive State Bar's Highest Honor

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Columbus, Ohio (May 9, 2013) – Cincinnati attorney Barbara J. Howard and Columbus attorney H. Ritchey Hollenbaugh today received the Ohio State Bar Association’s (OSBA) highest honor, the Ohio Bar Medal Award, during the OSBA Annual Convention in Cleveland.

“This annual award is given to honorees who exemplify unusually meritorious service to the legal profession, to the community and to humanity,” OSBA President Judge Patrick Fischer said. “Both Barbara and Ritchey have accomplished much in their careers, and we are eternally grateful for their many contributions to the legal profession.”

Howard, of Barbara J. Howard Co., L.P.A. in Cincinnati, has made family law the focus of her legal practice for the past 27 years. She has been an OSBA-certified family relations law specialist since 1999. Howard has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer since 2004. She is a past president of both the OSBA and the Cincinnati Bar Association, and currently chairs the OSBA Thomas J. Moyer Legacy Committee. She is a member of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists. Additionally, Howard remains active with the American Bar Association (ABA), having served in the House of Delegates since 1986, and having completed six years as a member of the ABA Journal Board of Editors. She currently serves as Ohio’s state delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. Howard is also president of the Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program and a member of the Ohio Bar Liability Insurance Company Board of Directors.

During her 34 years in the Cincinnati legal community, Howard has served in a variety of non-legal roles as well. Having graduated from Xavier University with a bachelor’s degree in political science magna cum laude, she currently serves on its board of trustees as vice chair. In 2010, Howard gave the school’s undergraduate commencement address and became the first female graduate to receive its Distinguished Alumna Award.

“Barb Howard is one of those rare lawyers who truly personifies the meaning of service,” said Fischer. “The lawyers of Ohio, and indeed the nation, have a real champion in Barb Howard. I am honored to know her as a colleague and a friend.”

Howard offered about the OSBA award, “The Ohio Bar Medal has been awarded to truly excellent lawyers, who have helped shape the practice of law in Ohio for the better,” adding, “I am incredibly honored to receive and share this award with my colleague, Ritchey.” 

Hollenbaugh’s practice at Carlile, Patchen & Murphy LLP focuses on
business litigation and mediation services, ethics and professional responsibility, and white collar defense. He is a past president of both the OSBA and the Columbus Bar Association and is an active member of the ABA. He recently completed a three-year term on the ABA Board of Governors and has served for more than 20 years in its house of delegates. He currently serves as president of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation and on several other boards.

“As OSBA president, I have the opportunity to get to know great lawyers across the state, many of whom give graciously of their time to the profession and their communities. But it is people like Ritchey who set the standard we all strive to meet,” said Fischer.

After receiving the Ohio Bar Medal, Hollenbaugh commented, “To be honored alongside such a great lawyer as Barbara is truly humbling, and I thank the OSBA for this honor. Receiving this award today is a memory I will always cherish.”

Hollenbaugh has also been honored by his profession in a number of other ways. He was named Best Lawyers 2013’s “Lawyer of the Year” in the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law category for the Columbus area, received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, is listed in the Super Lawyers Business Edition for business litigation, and is listed in Best Lawyers in America for his work in commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense.

A 1969 graduate of Kent State University, Hollenbaugh earned his law degree from Capital University. He later served as co-chair on both the capital campaign and location search committees for Capital’s law school building. During his time in law school, Hollenbaugh worked as an investigator for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio, as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.

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