Ashley Kilbane

Office: Cuyahoga County – Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas,
General Division

Age: 35

Residence: Rocky River, OH

Email: N/A

Website:; Instagram: @ashleykilbaneforjudge;
Facebook: @KilbaneForJudge

Occupation: Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor – Felony Division

Education: J.D. John Marshall Law School, Intellectual Certificate; B.A.
Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Criminal Justice

Work Experience: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Prosecutor,
2013 – current; Litigation Associate, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur,
Cleveland, 2009-2013; Illinois Attorney General’s Office, 2008

Family: Married with Identical Twin Girls

Affiliations: Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center: trained and
certified volunteer; Pro-Bono Attorney for City Club of Cleveland;
West Shore Bar Association: Former Trustee, Former Treasurer; Ohio Women’s Bar Association- Member and Mentor; West Shore Mothers
of Multiples, Member

Endorsements: The Plain Dealer

Bar Association Ratings: Highest-Rated in Race, See

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a
Criminal: I am an experienced trial attorney in this court and have
handled over 2,000 criminal cases, including murder, rape, child victim
and other sexual assault cases, economic crime and public corruption,
burglary, robbery, drive-by shootings, felonious assault, domestic
violence, drug trafficking and abuse, and theft. I am also experienced in
practicing in specialized dockets such as mental health docket
Being in the court every day, I have the institutional knowledge of the
day-to-day administration as well as all the programming offered
through the court. Civil: litigation attorney with large Cleveland firm
handling general litigation matters including but not limited to contract,
real estate, intellectual property/trade secret, environmental,
employment, bankruptcy and Fair Debt Collection cases. I also
represented the government in several areas of law including civil
rights, criminal appeals, labor and employment, tort, and guardianship

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I am running for Judge to change the way our community and our court
responds to Domestic Violence. Domestic violence is the most frequent
call for police service in Cuyahoga County. Violence in the home is
extremely difficult to overcome and address in our courts because of
the complex emotional, intimate and economic dependency issues that
surround it. My goal is to start a specialized Domestic Violence Docket
to put more resources to work for our families. I am uniquely qualified
to accomplish this goal through my certification as a trained domestic
violence volunteer, and as an experienced prosecutor handling
domestic violence cases daily.

As an assistant county prosecutor, I prosecute some of the most violent
crimes that plague our neighborhoods and understand the crime, drug,
and gun issues facing our community. I know the difference between
providing the tools necessary for non-violent offenders to become
productive citizens and removing those who commit violent offenses.

As an experienced civil litigator in a large firm, and as someone who
grew up in a small, family-run business, I know how important civil
cases are to the vitality of our community. Litigation creates
uncertainty in our local businesses, which in-turn stalls investment,
growth, and job creation. I have the experience and the work ethic to
diligently handle both the civil and criminal dockets. My background in
both civil and criminal law has given me the necessary experience to be
an effective judge in our community; my passion and commitment to
both legal and social justice make me the right choice.