Thomas E. Meade

Attorney & Mediator

Work History

Work History
May 2011 - Present

Attorney

Barbara J. Howard Co., L.P.A.
  • Practice focus in family law and domestic relations
  • Litigate divorce cases, custody cases (Common Pleas, Domestic Relations, Juvenile) and other post decree matters
  • Represent clients in divorce, dissolution, custody trials, post decree matters, mediation, settlement, and other matters (1st Chair)
  • Draft Separation Agreements, Decrees, Shared Parenting Plans, Entries, Antenuptials, Wills, and other legal documents
  • Legal writing of motions, memoranda, practice articles
  • Assist litigation for high net-worth cases by issuing discovery, preparing exhibits, and interfacing with clients (2nd Chair)
  • Appellate law practice at the state level and Federal law practice
  • Legal research on Lexis Nexis and CaseMaker, utilize Family Law Software for scenarios
  • Estate Planning by preparing Wills
May 2005 - May 2011

Federal Mediator - Conciliation Specialist

U.S. Department of Justice
  • Drafted memoranda, briefs, and intra-agency communications 
  • Legal research and analysis on national case work priorities
  • Trained law enforcement agencies on legal standards of probable cause and other criminal procedure issues
  • Assisted law enforcement with large scale public demonstrations through contingency planning, self marshal training, and community partnership
  • Conducted complex mediation involving various governmental and community entities such as city governments, school districts, police departments and national civil rights organizations
  • Addressed disputes under The Civil Rights and Hate Crimes Prevention Acts
  • Facilitated dialogues and forums addressing widespread conflict
  • Outstanding Merit Award recipient for all years of service

Education

Education
2002 - 2005

Juris Doctor

American University, Washington College of Law
  • Criminal and Civil Trial Practicum
  • Paris/Geneva International Law Program (European Union Law and Human Rights)
2000 - 2002

Bachelor of Arts (History)

James Madison University
  • Dean’s List (1998 -2001 at University of Cincinnati, transfer student ineligible for honors recognition)
  • Student Government Senator

Certifications

Certifications
Jan 2009 - Present

Ohio State Bar License

The Supreme Court of Ohio
Active - Good Standing
Feb 2014 - Present

Collaborative Practioner

Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Certified to practice collaborative law
Oct 2011 - Present

Accredited Family/Divorce Mediator

The Supreme Court of Ohio
40 Hour Family Law Specialized Training, Domestic Abuse Screening
Apr 2007 - Present

Missouri State Bar License

The Supreme Court of Missouri
Inactive - Good Standing
Sep 2007 - Present

Kansas State Bar License

The Supreme Court of the State of Kansas
Inactive - Good Standing

Skills

Skills
8
Litigation
Civil litigation in Domestic Relations Court, Juvenile Court, Municipal Court, and Ohio's First District Court of Appeals
8
Legal Writing and Research
Motions, Memoranda, Entries, Discovery, Agreements, Decrees, and other legal documents; Lexis Nexis, Casemaker, Hamilton Co. Law Library
7
Family Law
Divorce, Dissolution, Custody, Support, Property, Antenuptial Agreements and other related issues
5
Contracts

Draft Separation Agreements, review business contracts as part of company valuations and divisions, interface with financial institutions and clients to develop lending contracts and other documents

7
Civil Rights Law

Civil Rights mediation and training, with a focus on Title VII issues and the HCPA

5
Juvenile Law
Custody, Parentage, Support, and other related issues
3
Probate Law
Wills, Trust, Adoptions, Guardianship, and other related issues
8
Mediation
Multi-party, couple, high conflict, shuttle diplomacy, facilitative, evaluative, formal agreements, informal dialogues and other resolutions
5
Collaborative Law
Member of the IACP and CACP and participant in the mentoring program with advanced training in collaborative financial planning and other areas