Barbara K. Roman

Partner

Chair, Divorce & Family Law Group

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

• American, Ohio State and Ohio Women’s Bar Associations

• President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA),
2011-12

• Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Professionalism Panel and Sections & Committees Oversight Committee

• Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Chair Pro Bono Committee

• Serves on Advisory Council on Diversity Initiatives, Ohio State Bar Association

• 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), Former Trustee

• Member of the CPFA’s Cleveland Collaborative Practice Group and Mediation Practice Group

• Founding member of the Cleveland Academy of Collaborative Professionals (CACP)

• Ursuline College Legal Advisory Board

• National Association of Women Business Owners

• Domestic Relations Task Force of the Ohio Supreme Court, 2014

 

Accomplishments

• Certified Domestic Relations Mediator

• Former Managing Attorney of a national legal service plan

• Assistant Attorney General and Assistant Chief of the Consumer Protection Division; drafted Ohio consumer protection legislation

• Ohio Super Lawyer, 2012 – 2019

 

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