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Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Term begins 1/1/2021

Responsibilities: To preside at trials of both civil and criminal cases; to supervise the jury commission, grand jury, and other departments of the court. Term of office: 6 years.Additional information about judicial candidates may be available at JudicialVotesCount.org.

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    K. George Kordalis
    (Rep)

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    Susan D. Solle
    (Dem)

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Education J.D. From The University of Dayton
Experience Private Practice since 2012, Special Prosecutor for City of Xenia 2019
Currently I have not had experience as a judicial officer. Nonetheless, I know that I possess the experience, work-ethic, and temperament that is needed to be Common Pleas Judge.
My private practice has focused on the very types of cases most often filed in the Common Pleas Court. I currently operate law offices in Dayton and Xenia. I’ve handled close to three hundred cases in the Montgomery County Courts in the past three years. In addition to my private practice, I also serve as Special Prosecutor for the City of Xenia. I have received the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award along with be named a Rising Star for 2020 by Super Lawyers. I am a hard worker and problem solver. My experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney will be invaluable as Common Pleas Judge.
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I am running because Montgomery County needs judges with experience, that are hardworking, and that have the right temperament to get things done fairly, consistently and efficiently. I pride myself on being able to listen to both sides fairly and to think carefully before speaking and making decisions.

I believe it is important to have experienced, knowledgeable judges to handle the extensive and diverse Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas caseload. I also believe that judges should promote public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary without regard to a person’s race, gender, or other personal characteristics.

In private practice I have always attempted to treat everyone fairly and with courtesy and respect. If elected, I will ensure this occurs in my courtroom. My wife, Kasey Kordalis, and myself are lifelong residents of this community. This community has given my family so much and I will work hard to make sure that Montgomery County remains a great place to live.
Education Graduated high school from Kettering Fairmont, 1986; BA from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA, Magna Cum Laude, 1994; JD from University of Dayton School of Law, Cum Laude, 1999;
Experience Practicing civil litigation attorney for 18 years, the past 16 at Dinsmore & Shohl. Staff attorney at 2nd District Court of Appeals 1999-2002. Law clerk for Montgomery County Common Pleas Court 1998-1999. Insurance Claim Representative with Prudential Insurance Company 1987-1996. Typed Montgomery County Court transcripts from 1987-2002.
I served as an Acting Judge in Montgomery County Municipal Court from 2010-2014 handling misdemeanor criminal, felony arraignments and small civil cases. I worked as a staff attorney for the Honorable Judge Brogan on the Second District Court Appeals from 1999-2002, writing decisions for criminal, civil, domestic relations, juvenile and probate appeals from all of the courts in six counties. I assisted the Honorable Judge David Sunderland of the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court as a law clerk while in law school from 1998-1999, also writing decisions in all areas of the law handled by the Court. I interned with the Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court during law school in 1998.
I have been a practicing litigator for 18 years throughout Ohio and some other states. My practice is broad, handling cases in virtually every area of civil law that I will be deciding as a Judge in the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, including business and contract, personal injury, employment, trade secret, tort, landlord/tenant, property, and various others. Having grown up in this county, my commitment to the community is strong, evidenced by my involvement as an adjunct professor and mentor at the University of Dayton School of Law, a former board member and president of the Dayton Bar Association, current member of the Dayton Bar Foundation board, and as a former board member and president of the two legal aid organizations, LAWO and ABLE. My involvement with the legal aid organizations stems from my passion for equal justice and representation, which is also why I have been involved in Ohio Promote the Vote efforts since 2008, ensuring all properly-registered Montgomery County citizens are permitted to vote.
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The Honorable Judge Gorman, whose is retiring at the end of this year, is someone I have looked up to since I was in law school and working in the Common Pleas Court. I am running for her open seat because I am the right person to continue her tradition of excellence in the Court. Practicing in various courts outside of Montgomery County, I have encountered too many jurists who do not have the experience, temperament or dedication to effectively handle their cases. I have all three. I have the experience and intelligence to fully grasp every case that will be litigated in my courtroom. I also have the right temperament to treat each litigant and attorney who appears before me with the respect and kindness they deserve, while still maintaining the necessary strength and control. Finally, I understand the demands of this position, and will work hard to ensure that every person or entity appearing in my court will receive the attention necessary to bring their matter to timely and proper resolution. This county deserves a judge who is experienced and dedicated, and I am the candidate who will bring these qualities to the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.