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2nd District Court of Appeals Judge

The Court of Appeals hears appeals from the Common Pleas, County, and Municipal Courts. Decisions are final except in cases involving Constitutional questions, cases of felony, cases in which it has original jurisdiction, and cases of public or great general interest. The second District includes Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, and Montgomery Counties. Judges are elected for 6-year terms.*Additional information about judicial candidates may be available at

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    Chris Epley

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    Marshall G. Lachman

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Who would you choose as a mentor or role model as a judge, and why? (Please choose one individual.)

Education JD from University of Dayton School of Law BA Denison University
Experience Lawyer, Assistant Proscutor, Part-time Magistrate, Adjunct Professor at UD
Dayton Municipal Court Magistrate: 2009 – present (part-time)
Recognizing that a Judge is an impartial arbiter in cases that come before the Court, it is an important leadership position in the community.

I have worked collaboratively yet independently as a former elected member of a local school board and current member of city council. I am a life fellow in both the Dayton and Ohio Bar Associations. I have held leadership positions with the Dayton Bar and the Oakwood Rotary Club.

I graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law and remain active in that academic community. In the past I was involved UD’s volunteer income tax assistance program, an adjunct professor in family law, and a member of the law school alumni association. I currently teach at the school and I am involved in the moot court program. These commitments to the local community, legal community, and academic community have offered me important leadership opportunities.

I have practiced in many courts in the Second District Court of Appeals jurisdiction. I have observed excellent jurists in my twenty-two years of my practice. The Court of Appeals handles many types of cases. Having a varied and diverse legal experience is important to the role of Court of Appeals Judge. These non-judicial legal experiences and leadership positions qualify me to
I was born and raised in the Miami Valley and I am committed to the community. My wife, Eileen Epley, and I raise our two children here. Safety and opportunity are important to us as parents.

In addition to serving as a part-time Magistrate in Dayton Municipal Court and the prosecutor’s office in Vandalia, I have practiced in all six counties that make up the Second District Court of Appeals. I have represented clients in civil, criminal, probate, and family law courts. I teach Appellate Practice and Procedure at the University of Dayton School of Law and I serve as the chief appellate prosecutor for the Vandalia prosecutor’s office. These practice areas have provided me with a unique and necessary perspective for the position of Court of Appeals Judge. I have a strong work ethic. I balanced academics and athletics at Denison University as a four year varsity soccer player.

I am running for Court of Appeals Judge because of my past and present commitment to the communities the Court serves and the community where I live and raise my children. I believe it to be an important role and the reason I am running to be Court of Appeals Judge.

Judge Michael Hall – I appreciate his temperament and judicial demeanor. He is diligent in his approach to the law and shows fairness to those who come before the bench. In my 22 years as a lawyer, I have realized the importance of those qualities in a Judge.
Education J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law (1988); B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1985)
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
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 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.
My nearly thirty-two years of work as a litigator 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 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. 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 received a lifetime achievement award from the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court for this work. I have also 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 my work on behalf of Montgomery County children and parents.

With literally thousands of hours in the courtroom, and many more hours researching cases, I have an understanding of the law that few can match, and a lifelong dedication to the principles of the U.S. Constitution.
The Court of Appeals hears hundreds of cases each year. For most litigants, the decisions of this Court are their last resort and of vital importance. Judges sitting on the Court need to have a keen understanding of the law to make decisions that are fair and impartial. My extensive experience as a litigator and years of work in the Court of Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court have provided me with this necessary understanding.
I deeply admire Judge Jeffrey Froelich and would choose him as my mentor as a judge. Having had the privilege to appear before him during his time as a judge in both the trial court and the Court of Appeals, Judge Froelich demonstrates the knowledge and demeanor that I would want to emulate as a judge, and I would be honored to take his seat on the bench should I be fortunate to win in November.