Office: For Judge of the Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division
Full Term Beginning 2/9/2021
Education: J.D. from Case Western Reserve University
Work Experience: Former Mahoning County Commissioner, Youngstown City Councilman, Mahoning County School Board (20 yrs), Attorney at Law, CEO of LightGov, the country’s largest provider of guardianship software
Family: Single with Three children and Two Grandchildren
Affiliations: Crossroads Church, Trumbull County Bar Association, Mahoning County Bar Association
Endorsements: Not available at this time
Bar Association Ratings: Not available at this time
(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
I have not served in a judicial capacity but have been a hearing officer for The Youngstown Water Department and Youngstown Clerk of Courts for approximately 18 years.
(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I have been among the most active attorneys in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties for 35 years. I have handled successfully probate litigation which is among the most contentious court fights that exist. I have developed software that is used across the country by governments and not for profits operating guardianships and Social Security representative-payee programs. I have been a life long advocate for the needs of senior citizens both as a lawyer and elected official; protecting them from financial fraud and physical abuse. I have practiced in 30 county courts of common pleas throughout the State and five federal district courts and appellate courts In addition I have briefed matters both to the Ohio Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court. My experience is much broader and diverse than my opponent’s.
(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I want to assure that the court is operated pursuant to the law and free of cronyism. Every person that comes to the court will receive fair and expedient justice. I want to particularly make sure no one thinks they can take advantage of a senior whether they are under a guardianship or after death.