Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge
J.D., University of Cincinnati
B.S., Ohio University
I am currently serving as Judge on the Hamilton Court of Common Pleas. Before I was elected I was a practicing attorney for nearly 20 years.
I live with my wife, two children, and my dog in Pleasant Ridge.
Hamilton County Democratic Party,
Cincinnati Federation of Teachers,
Plumbers-Pipefitters Local 392,
National Association of Social Workers,
Cincinnati Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Talbert House - past Board Member
Nativity Parish - past Parish Council President
Cincinnati Works- former Chair, Legal Advisory board
Hamilton County Criminal Justice Commission, former Member
Political Party Affiliation
I believe my influence in the community begins in my courtroom. I treat everyone who appears before me with dignity. I also perform monthly objective reviews of how I am performing my sworn duties with regard to both pre-trial procedures and sentencing. Finally, I make a point of getting out in the community and connecting with people so that in the event they appear in court they will be more comfortable and understand that the judiciary works for the community.
Common Pleas Judges do not deal with warrants for physical locations; we see warrants for phone and electronic records. Having said that, I recognize that no-knock warrants involve a high level of risk and danger, and the requirements should be extremely stringent to protect the public if they are to be issued.
I perform reviews of my procedures, including sentencing. For example, in my courtroom we track sentences including demographic data so that I can make sure sentences are in line with what I would expect based on the offense. When setting a bond, I understand that its purpose is to ensure that the defendant returns to court, and setting a high bond regardless of ability to pay is counterproductive. These are just two examples; more change is necessary, and I will keep working to achieve it.
Hamilton County Treasurer 1991-current
Small Business Owner 1999-current
Adjunct Professor of Law
Attorney at Law
Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, KY
Degree: J.D.-May 1986
Denison University, Granville, OH
Degree: B.A.-May 1982-Cum Laude
Mariemont High School, Cincinnati, OH
Diploma: 1978-Class Rank: Third
Phi Beta Kappa
Leadership Cincinnati Class XV and Steering Committee
Hamilton County Budget Commission - current President
Hamilton County Investment Advisory Committee- President 1991-current
Hamilton County Treasurer -1991-current
Sons: Will, Doug and Roman
In my previous elections I have been supported by numerous Elected Officials, Unions, Individuals and Political Organizations. The only important Endorsement is from you on Election Day - November 3,2020.
Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio; U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, Cincinnati Bar Association - member and service on various committees and subcommittees; Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor; Incorporator of the Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation (County Land Bank)- Board Member 2012-present, Board President 2016-current.
Political Party Affiliation
Social and racial justice are the cornerstones of our republic. The Preamble to the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct is specific that “the judiciary plays a central role in preserving the principles of justice and the rule of law.”
As a Common Pleas Court Judge, I will continue to pursue policies that promote social and racial justice. I have done this in the tens of thousands of cases before the Board of Revision that I serve as President. We treat all Complainants fairly and equitably.
While few such warrants are issued by the Court that I seek, the rules are statutory. I will fairly, independently and impartially decide no-knock requests based on the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 41 and the ORC 2933.231. I will require a statement that good cause exists that there is a risk of serious physical harm to law enforcement, the facts upon which this is based including names of individuals that pose a threat, and verification of the specific address to be searched.
In my 3 decades of public service, I have treated people fairly and equally regardless of race, gender, ability to pay and or mental status. I believe it is inherent that judges respect and honor all litigants so as to enhance confidence in the public trust and our great legal system.
By treating everyone fairly and with dignity, I will ensure public confidence in the courts independence, impartiality, integrity and competence.