Office: For Judge of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, General Division
Full Term Beginning 1/3/2021
Residence: Liberty Township
Occupation: Judge, Butler County Area III Court
Education: J.D. University of Cincinnati, B.A. Miami University
Work Experience: Partner, Rittgers & Rittgers
Family: Married with three children
Affiliations: Board Member, American Mock Trial Association; Mock Trial Coach, St. Xavier High School; Parishioner, St. Susanna Catholic Church
Endorsements: Butler County Republican Party
Bar Association Ratings:
(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
Butler County Area III Court Judge, 12 years
(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I have handled both criminal and civil litigation during twenty years of practice here in Butler County. I have served as an Assistant County Prosecutor, City of Hamilton Prosecutor, was the managing partner of a private practice where I gained experience in many areas of the law, including contract issues, labor law, personal injury, administrative law, and criminal defense. I also was a adjunct professor at Miami University’s Farmer School of Business for thirteen years. I have experience trying cases. I have experience running an office, creating and following a budget, and managing a staff.
(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
Having served in Area Court for the past twelve years, I have gained a deeper understanding of the challenges facing our community, and have partnered with a number of local agencies to meet the needs of those who find themselves involved with the Court system. To that end, we have created specialty dockets to address issues including mental health and substance abuse.
While the Common Pleas Court also has a number of existing specialty dockets, there is more work to be done. My experience and perspective as a judge and legal practitioner, as well as the relationships that I have built over the past twelve years with social service agencies, law enforcement, and the legal community, will help the Common Pleas Court to continue to find new ways to meet the challenges we face and deliver the justice that our citizens deserve.