Skip to main content

Barbara J. O'Hara

Divorce and separation Attorney at Dunmore, PA

4.6   9 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 40 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 41 years
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1983
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1981
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Barbara

Learn Barbara’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child custody

  2. Child support

  3. Divorce and separation
    Divorce, Custody, Support, Protection From Abuse, Adoption, Termination of Parental Rights, Pre-Nuptial Agreements

    41 years

  4. Family

Attorney O'Hara has been practicing Domestic and Family Law since her admission to the Bar in 1981. She has been a frequent PBI presenter on the topics of divorce, custody and support.

Attorney O'Hara has served as the Secretary of the Lackawanna Bar Association and as a Zone 5 Delegate to the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She has been a Big Sister and serves on the Voluntary Action Center Board of Directors, She has also served on the United Neighborhood Center's Board of Directors. She is currently the President of the Association of Women Lawyers of Lackawanna County.

Attorney O'Hara was recognized as one of the Top 25 Women in Business in Northeastern Pennsylvania in 2012. She is also a monthly guest expert on the Laurie and Lynn radio show on WILK FM.


Silver Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Contact Barbara

Hughes, Nicholls & O'Hara
1421 E Drinker St
Hughes Nicholls & O'hara
Dunmore, PA, 18512-2655


4.6 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2015
Superb Hard-working Attorney
Attorney O'Hara was absolutely terrific. She is extremely knowledgeable, diligent, and effective. She clearly outworked the opposing attorney which resulted in a very favorable and rapid settlement. I know of many other clients who share my extremely favorable opinion of her work ethic and strategic savvy, and who have experienced similarly positive outcomes. This is why she has such a strong reputation. In my opinion she is THE go-to divorce attorney in Lackawanna County. I was extremely pleased with my experience and have strongly recommended her to friends and colleagues.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2014
Excellent lawyer!
Mrs. Ohara was always very prompt in getting in touch with me whenever I had a question or concern. She is a very kind, trustworthy, and dependable person. If I ever need a lawyer in the future, she will be the lawyer I contact.
Posted by Sandra | June 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Caring
Barbara represented me in my divorce with the utmost of professionalism paired with compassion. She helped me to navigate through very challenging situations in order to achieve a beneficial outcome.
Posted by Anthony | June 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
Attorney Barbara O’Hara is a truly an amazing, dedicated, and compassionate attorney! Over the past five years I have tried time after time to resolve custody issues for my two children with a previous attorney. I heard that Attorney O’Hara was among the best with family law and after our initial consultation immediately knew she was the attorney for me! After four short months Barbara had my custody issues resolved and proved to me what an outstanding attorney/person she is. Mrs. O’Hara put an enormous amount of effort and time into my case. On a Friday evening at 10:00pm attorney O’Hara contacted me to ease my mind on a particular topic, that is very hard to come by, and Mrs. O’Hara did it without hesitation! She went above and beyond my expectations and there is no doubt in my mind I would not have received the outcome I did without her tireless work on my case. Thank you so very much Attorney O’Hara!
Read less
Posted by Darlene | March 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly knowledgeable and skilled
She understands the court system and how each judge thinks and typically rules. She listens and assimilates ALL the information you give her, understands what your goals are, and skillfully presents just the right details to the judge. She prepared us for what we could expect in the court and after each hearing. The result was a court order that was far better than we had ever hoped for.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Attorney
Barb was my divorce attorney. It has taken me a bit to write my review but let me say, Barb met me at my lowest point. I was scared of the unknown, afraid to take the step I was taking, afraid of the ripple effect I knew this was going to cause in not only my life but in the lives of our children, afraid of how I was going to make it on my own since we were together for 18 years, afraid of letting people down, etc. Barb was WONDERFUL. She not only calmed my fears but also gave me strength I didn’t know I had. She is a great attorney. She responded quickly and told me have a list of questions ready for her when I call so we can go over them. She is thorough and tough. The opposing counsel tried to strong arm me at one point and she was NOT having it. I very much appreciated her defending me and putting him in his place. I have recommended Barb to many people and will continue to do so. She’s the best!
Read less
Posted by Robert | August 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Awesome Awesome
I used Barbara O'Hara for my divorce attorney, and I could not have been happier. She responds in an extremely timely manner, and is a very knowledgeable and trustworthy person. There is no other attorney who will work as hard for you.
Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney!
I am so completely satisfied with hiring Barbara O’Hara as my attorney. Right from the start she exhibited such grace, brilliance, passion, dedication, and professionalism. She worked very hard and quickly on my child custody case. She has excellent communication skills, as she was always so quick with returning my phone calls and emails – and very quick with sending me any needed documents via email or regular mail. Her performance in the court room was outstanding. It is apparent that she is experienced in her field and extremely knowledgeable on all sorts of topics. She is articulate, diligent, trustworthy, reassuring and her opinions and advice have always helped my case. I always felt as if she could read my mind and fully understand me as a person, which helped tremendously. I was so desperate for the court to see the truth and because of Barbara O’Hara, the truth had certainly prevailed, and then some. My family members who have also helped me to find Barbara O’Hara are extremely impressed with Barbara O’Hara’s performance and very happy with the outcome of my case. My family and I are eternally grateful for her service, and I hereby recommend Barbara O’Hara without reservation.
Read less
Posted by Nikki | February 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pitbull???? NO. I think not. Worst lawyer for custody. She was ran all over by opposing attorney. Lost custody because of her. Had to hire another attorney and got custody back. She ate my whole retainer and went to court 1 day. Smh! Shame!
View less reviews


We have not found any cost information for this lawyer

Contact for Details


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Hughes, Nicholls & O'Hara
  • 1988 - 2015


  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • La Salle University
  • 1978


  • Association of Women Lawyers of Lackawanna County
  • President
  • 2014 - Present
  • Lackawanna County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Chair
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Lackawanna Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 1993 - 1996
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Balancing the Scales
  • Women Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE
  • Family Law in Northeastern PA
  • 2010
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE
  • Family Law in Northeastern PA
  • 2008
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE
  • Family Law in Northeastern PA
  • 2006
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE
  • Family Law in Northeastern PA
  • 2002
View all speaking engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Endorse Barbara
Family Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with respect and regard for expertise , skills and experience in the practice of all respects of family law"
Family Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Barbara is a hardworking, experienced and very knowledgeable family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Barbara is by far, one of the best Family Law attorneys I have ever met. She truly fights for her clients and their best interests are always her top priority."
Divorce and separation

Avvo Contributions

This attorney hasn't created any legal answers in Q&A or legal guides recently on Avvo.

Dunmore Divorce and separation Lawyer Barbara J. O'Hara
Barbara J. O'Hara
Divorce and separation Attorney
Dunmore, PA
Licensed for 41 years
Virtual consultation available