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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.”
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
practice at Carlile, Patchen & Murphy LLP focuses on
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.