OACDL Lawyer of the Year Award

The OACDL Lawyer of the year award is an award given by you to one of you. It is an annual award that is given by you to a member in good standing who best lives up to the ideals and values of this association. Its recipient receives an award that means more than any other because it comes from his colleagues who appreciate the quality of his work and contributions to our profession.


2012 Winner
Barry W. Wilford, Esq.

Barry Wilford graduated from the Capital University School of Law and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1977. He served as Law Clerk for the Hon. Earl E. Stephenson of the Fourth Appellate District of the Ohio Court of Appeals until February, 1979, when he accepted a position on the Franklin County Public Defender's trial staff. In 1982 he moved to the felony trial unit, where he remained until September 1987.

Upon leaving the Franklin County Public Defender's office, Mr. Wilford associated with luminary criminal defense specialists Gary Schweickart, Esq., Gerald G. Simmons, Esq., and Lewis E. Williams, Esq., entering private practice. In November 1996, he partnered with James P. Kura, Esq. to establish Kura & Wilford Co., L.P.A. (now Kura, Wilford & Schregardus Co., L.P.A.), and has since maintained this private law practice, devoted exclusively to defense of criminal cases in trials and appeals in all Ohio and federal courts. Mr. Wilford has successfully defended criminal cases in more than one hundred jury trials, many of which were death penalty trials.

Mr. Wilford is a member of the Bar of the State of Ohio, the Bar of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the Bar of the Sixth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, and the Bar of the United States United Supreme Court. He is also a member of the Columbus Bar Association, the Ohio Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Ohio Corrections Association, and is a director of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as its registered lobbyist. He served as the association's president in 2006 and, for the 12th year, as its Public Policy Director, providing representation at the statehouse on pending criminal justice legislation. In 2012 Mr. Wilford was awarded the association's designation as "Defense Lawyer of the Year."

Past Recipients

2012 Lawyer of the Year

Barry W. Wilford

Bary WillifordBarry W. Wilford is the recipient of the OACDL 2012 Lawyer of the Year award.