Keep Judge Curt Kissinger
Judge, Hamilton County Municipal Court
University of Dayton School of Law (J.D. 1990); University of Cincinnati (B.A. 1987); Anderson High School (1983)
Municipal Court Judge (Feb. 2015-present); Court Administrator, Hamilton County Juvenile Court (2011-2015); Attorney at Rendigs, Fry, Kiely, and Dennis (1995-2005, 2007-2011); Attorney at Cohen, Todd, Kite and Stanford (2005-2007); Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office (1991-1995); Special Prosecutor, Ohio Organized Crime Commission (1994-1995)
Two daughters: Madeleine (22), Amelia (19)
Ohio State and Cincinnati Bar Associations; Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio; Ohio High School and Collegiate Mock Trial; University of Cincinnati Alumni Association; Previously affiliated with the Ohio Association of Court Administrators, Hamilton County Ethics Commission, Juvenile Court Advisory Counsel, Board of Directors of HOPE for Children and Families, Board Member for Journey to Successful Living, Ursuline Academy Parents Association and Dad’s Club; Member, St. Mary Church
I have served as a Judge in the Municipal Court since February, 2015. I also preside over our Court’s specialized Mental Health Court Docket and Chair our Traffic and Criminal Law Committee. Prior to taking the bench, I was the Court Administrator for the Hamilton County Juvenile Court. In addition to my administrative duties, I would serve as a magistrate presiding over criminal cases as needed. I also presided over matters scheduled on the docket for one of the two judges of the court while the judge was under interim suspension from the Ohio Supreme Court. I was also certified by the Ohio Supreme Court to serve as a Mayor’s Court magistrate.
Prior to taking the bench on the Hamilton County Municipal Court, I was a trial attorney for 20+ years. As an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor in the Criminal Trial Division (1991-1995), I prosecuted all categories of felony level offenses in Common Pleas and Juvenile Courts as well as all levels of misdemeanor offenses in Municipal Court. I also served as a Special Prosecutor for the State of Ohio’s Organized Crime Commission responsible for trying RICO violations in coordination with a multi-unit federal and state task force.
For the next 16 years (1995-2011), I was a litigation attorney at the firm Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis. There, I represented both individual clients and businesses in both State and Federal courts in a wide array of litigation matters including product liability, wrongful death, premises liability, commercial litigation, government contracts and internal investigations. I also developed a criminal defense practice with an emphasis in white collar criminal proceedings.
As Court Administrator of the Juvenile Court, I was responsible for the supervision of all aspects of Court operations including its 160-bed secured detention facility, 260 employees and a 30 million dollar budget. More importantly, I had 22 magistrates under my direction. In this capacity, I learned the importance of providing citizens timely, fair and competent judicial determinations. I’m particularly proud of having navigated the Court through a difficult period as the result of the indictment and suspension of one of the Court’s judges.
My time as a Judge on the Municipal Court bench has been the most rewarding experience of my 26-year career as an attorney. The challenges facing our communities, especially in light of the heroin epidemic, are enormous. Judicial experience and knowing what works, and what doesn’t, is essential. I am also running to continue serving as a presiding judge over our Mental Health Court docket. The Mental Health Court has been certified by the Ohio Supreme Court and provides a significant benefit to individuals in need of mental health services to prevent future criminal conduct and protect our community.
As a judge and attorney with 26-years of civil and criminal experience, I understand the importance of presiding over a courtroom in which all parties, witnesses and attorneys expect and experience a fair and impartial hearing. It is imperative, regardless of whether a litigant likes the outcome, they exit the courtroom believing they had the opportunity to be heard and they had their day in court. Municipal Court is truly “the people’s court.” My judicial temperament, knowledge of the law, and innate sense of fairness are ideally suited to preside over the wide array of cases which come before the court.
B.A. from Northern Kentucky University; J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley
Private Practice Attorney and Appointee of Sheriff Jim Neil
Co-Creator of the Anti-Bully Program for Cincinnati Schools etc.; The Ohio Bar Association; the Kentucky Bar Association, and the Lawyer’s Club
Hamilton County Democratic Party; Clerk of Courts, Aftab Pureval; County Commissioners, Denise Driehaus and Todd Portune, etc.; Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus; Victory Fund
My legal experience is diverse and includes substantial criminal and civil work. I represented clients in hundreds of criminal trials serving as a Public Defender and also worked in a high-volume civil litigation firm with emphasis on creditor rights and collections. I attended court hearings routinely in both Ohio and Kentucky representing the rights of our clients and creditors. My experience also includes working in a bankruptcy firm where I represented clients in Federal Court. I am now an Appointee of Sheriff Jim Neil working in the Hamilton County foreclosure process in addition to my own private law practice. My top issues: Ensuring that all people receive a fair process in court, finding solutions to the increasing heroin problem (Ohio has the worst crisis in the nation), and using our tax dollars more efficiently to improve public safety.
Everyone deserves a fair hearing regardless of their race, gender, wealth or poverty. A Judge must listen to all who come before her while wearing the figurative blindfold as illustrated by the “Scales of Justice.” I am an average working-class citizen running for Judge in order to make a difference – together we can make Hamilton County a better place!
Now more than ever we need Judges who will enforce our Constitution without fear of political retribution, who will respect all who enter their courtrooms, who will bring solutions for the heroin epidemic, and who will judge fairly without bias or intolerance. I plan to be that Judge! I am running to use my legal, professional, as well as my well-rounded life experience to improve the quality of judges in Hamilton County. I will run a full-time courtroom with a work ethic that is equal to the responsibility I will be given by the voters of Hamilton County.
As a former union member, I know that I will be a strong, fair voice for working men and women when they are faced with a court situation. For too long, those without high quality legal representation have been treated unfairly in some Hamilton County courtrooms. I promise to change that, to work a full-time schedule, serving every citizen who is before me and treating all with dignity, respect and fairness. I have been very concerned about the quality and work ethic of our elected officials, which is why I decided to run for Municipal Court Judge. I have a vision for Hamilton County where we collaborate to solve the heroin epidemic, use taxpayer dollars more responsibly and keep our communities safe!