Marshall G. Lachman

Office: For Judge of the Second District Court of Appeals
Term Beginning 2/9/2021

Age: 56

Residence: Centerville



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Occupation: Attorney

Education: J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law (1988); B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1985)

Work Experience: Civil Litigator in Illinois from 1988 to 1995; Worked at LexisNexis from 1995 to 2003; Private Practice in Ohio since 2003 focusing on criminal defense litigation

Family: Married to Amy Lachman. Three Children: Josh (28), Matt (26), and Abby (17)

Affiliations: Member of American, Ohio State, and Dayton Bar Associations


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(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
Though I don’t have any direct judicial experience, I have practiced law for more than thirty years, earning the respect of all that I come into contact with on a daily basis, including judges, fellow attorneys, and clients. The knowledge that I have gained from spending thousands of hours in the courtroom and writing scores of legal briefs on various legal topics has prepared me for the role of an appellate court judge.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
My nearly thirty-two years of working as a litigator and with litigators qualifies me to be a judge. The first part of my career in Illinois focused on all aspects of civil litigation, from personal injury cases to breach of contract. Over the past 16 years in Ohio, my practice has been focused on criminal defense litigation, primary representing indigent defendants charged with serious felony offenses. I have handled over 100 jury trials and a similar number of appeals, most of them in the 2nd District Court of Appeals where I am now seeking to be elected judge. I have also handled a number of cases in the Ohio Supreme Court. I have committed my practice in Ohio to the representation of indigent defendants who are otherwise unable to afford legal counsel.

I am proud to have received in 2016 a lifetime achievement award from the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court for my work with indigent defendants. In addition, I have represented the best interest of scores of Montgomery County children as a Guardian Ad Litem for abused, neglected and dependent children. In 2011, I was honored by the Montgomery County Juvenile Court for the work that I have done on behalf of Montgomery County children and parents in that court.

Having spent literally thousands of hours in the courtroom, and thousands of additional hours researching and preparing outside the courtroom, I have an understanding of the law that few can match. Add to that a lifelong appreciation and dedication to the principles contained in the United States Constitution, I believe I am more than qualified to sit as a judge on the 2nd District Court of Appeals.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
A appellate court judge must bring a passion for the American legal system to the bench. In addition to having the knowledge and experience necessary to properly interpret the law, it is important that judges on the court of appeals respect the fundamental principles contained in the United States Constitution and the Ohio Constitution, and work every day to ensure that these principles are being followed. I believe I have these qualities, and it is why I am running to be a judge on the 2nd District Court of Appeals.