Office: For Judge of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, General Division
Term Beginning 2/9/2021
Education: J.D. from The Ohio State University, 2001; B.B.A. from Ohio University, 1998
Work Experience: Assistant City Attorney for the Columbus City Attorney’s Office since 2009; Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law in Houston, 2008-09; Professor of Law at Loyola University New Orleans 2007-08; Litigation Attorney at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (now Squire Patton Boggs) in Columbus, 2003-07; Judicial Clerk to the Honorable George H. King, District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2002-03; Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Reynaldo G. Garza, Senior Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2001-02
Family: Married with two children
Affiliations: Admitted to the practice of law before all Ohio courts, the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Ohio, the U.S. District Court for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court; Member of the Columbus Bar Association, the Franklin County Democratic Party, and the Franklin County Democratic Lawyers Club, American Baptist
Endorsements: Franklin County Democratic Party; Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio
Bar Association Ratings:
(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
I have served various judicial officers throughout my legal career and education. In law school (2000), I was a student extern for the Honorable Thomas J. Moyer, Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. From 2002 to 2003, I was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Reynaldo G. Garza, Senior Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. From 2003 to 2004, I clerked for the Honorable George H. King, District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
My service to judicial officers has shown me the importance of fair, accurate, and complete substantive decisions and of case management itself. My year in California taught me a life’s worth of lessons in case management, and I know just how efficiently a trial court can and should run.
I have successfully litigated hundreds of cases in my career, and I approach each one as both an advocate for my client and an officer of the court. I know the law, and I know it well. I learn new concepts quickly, and I have fluency in both procedural and evidentiary rules. I have a tremendous respect for the law and its role in our society, for the courts and their place in our democracy, and for the heavy burden of public service. If elected Judge, I will use this expertise to be fair, impartial, effective, and efficient in serving the people of Franklin County, Ohio.
(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I am seeking judicial office because of my passion for public service and my love for the law itself. Since my very first day of law school, I have been devoted to the law as the practical philosophy by which we achieve and maintain a progressive and civil society.
Since 2009, I have been serving the people of the City of Columbus as an Assistant City Attorney for the Columbus City Attorney’s Office, and these past ten years have been the most rewarding of my career thus far. I have found an honor in public service, a pride in knowing that my time and energy are being spent for the public good. My pride in public service has grown as strong as my passion for the law itself. Becoming a judge will allow me to grow as both a lawyer and a public servant. If elected, I will strive to do the greatest amount of good I can for the largest number of people.