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Barbara K. Roman

Partner

Experience

Barbara has more than 40 years of legal experience in assisting clients through the divorcing process including financial and business issues, custody and necessary support. Since no two cases are alike, she believes the approach to each case should be tailored to the individual needs, goals and personalities of each client and family. Barbara is a strong advocate for a more collaborative approach including Mediation and Collaborative Law which can reduce stress and potential costs for the client. If, however, litigation becomes necessary and appropriate, Barbara is a skilled and aggressive courtroom advocate to help protect the clients and their children.

By staying focused on the client’s needs and goals, Barbara assists her clients in reaching a resolution by navigating through the stressful situation of divorce through actively listening and creating a careful strategic plan. By keeping the clients informed and involved throughout the process, she reduces uncertainty and guides the client and their families to move forward into the next phase of their lives.

Barbara has been recognized for her leadership in the Northeast Ohio legal community having been elected to be the 2011-2012 President of the over 5,000 member Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Civic and Professional Involvement

  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Vice President 2021 and Chair Pro Bono Committee
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Professionalism Panel and Sections & Committees Oversight Committee
  • Founding member of the Cleveland Academy of Collaborative Professionals (CACP)
  • Ursuline College Legal Advisory Board
  • President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA), 2011-12
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation (CMBF), Ex Officio Trustee
  • Trustee of the former Cuyahoga County Bar Association and member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Served on the Steering Committee for the unification of the Cuyahoga County Bar Association and Cleveland Bar Association
  • The Center for Principled Family Advocacy (CPFA), Founding member and former Trustee; former member of Collaborative Law and Mediation Practice Groups
  • Domestic Relations Task Force of the Ohio Supreme Court, 2014

Accomplishments

  • Cleveland Marshall Law Hall of Fame Inductee 2020
  • Certified Domestic Relations Mediator
  • Former Managing Attorney of a national legal service plan
  • Assistant Ohio Attorney General and Assistant Chief of the Consumer Protection Division; drafted Ohio consumer protection legislation
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, 2012 – 2021

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
  • All Ohio state courts

Education

  • The Ohio State University (B.A., 1971)
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., 1977)

Videos

Surviving Divorce: A Pathway to Health and Well-being