Office: For Judge of the Clark County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division
Term Beginning 2/9/2021
Occupation: Probate Judge
Education: BA from University of Notre Dame; JD from Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law
Work Experience: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney 1984 – 1992; Clark County Municipal Court Judge 1992 – 2003; Clark County Probate Court Judge 2003 – Present
Family: Married for 34 years and proud father of six children and, now, two daughters – in- law
Affiliations: President of Springfield Kiwanis Club; President of the Ohio Association of Probate Judges; Director of St. Teresa Parish Choir; President of Notre Dame Club of Springfield
Endorsements: None sought
Bar Association Ratings:
(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
10 years, Clark County Municipal Court; 18 years, Clark County Probate Court
(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
Perhaps the best training ground for the judiciary was my trial experience as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Clark County for 8 1/2 years. There, I handled more than 1,000 felony offenses—trying over 100 jury trials. It is nearly impossible to garner that experience anymore. When I first took the bench in 1993, I was, then, very comfortable in the courtroom.
(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
The Probate Court of Clark County, Ohio has garnered a state wide reputation for efficient, professional, and courteous service. I have been fortunate to have had a wonderful, polite, and competent deputy clerk staff working with me over the past 18 years to secure this reputation. We are still in third gear and anxious to continue.