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Professional History:

Common Pleas Court
Butler County, Ohio
General Division Judge, 1991-Present
Administrative Judge, 1997-2000
SAMI (Substance Abusing Mentally Ill) Court Judge 2000 - present

Rice & Sage
Law partner, 1979-1990

Butler County Prosecutor's Office
Assistant Prosecutor, 1982-1987


University of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio
School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1979
  • Moot court
  • Phi Alpha Delta

Miami University
Oxford, Ohio
B.A., Psychology, 1971
  • President, Alpha Phi Omega
  • NROTC scholarship, four years
  • 1997 recipient of the Admiral Sauers Distinguished Alumni Award for Miami University

St. Xavier High School
Cincinnati, Ohio
Military History:

Active duty, U.S. Navy
  • 1971-1975: USS John King (DDG3) Navigator, Gunnery Officer
  • 1972-1973: Republic of Vietnam; Medals: Combat Action Ribbon, Unit Citation, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, National Defense Medal, Vietnamese Unit Cross of Gallantry
  • 1975-1976: Miami University NROTC Unit, assistant professor of naval science
  • 1976: Honorably discharged from active duty with a rank of Lieutenant.

U.S. Naval Reserve
  • Retired Captain, U.S. Naval Reserve

Naval Reserve Highlights:
  • Command of four Naval Reserve units
  • Duty aboard USS Saratoga off coast of Libya in 1987
  • Active duty for training in support of Desert Storm in 1990-1991

Public Service:

United Way of Butler County
  • Chairman, board of trustees

  • Otis Briggs Volunteer of the Year

Family Service Board
  • President of board, 1992-1995

Butler County Chapter, American Heart Association
  • Former president

Butler County Alcohol and
Drug Addiction Services Board

Courthouse Restoration Committee
  • Chairman

Fairfield Museum Board
  • Former president

1995 Leadership Hamilton
1999 Leadership Fairfield

Professional Associations:

American Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Butler County Bar Association

Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association

  • Trustee
  • Ohio Judicial Conference

    Ohio Mock Trial Program

    Master, Potter Stewart Inn of Court

    Criminal Law and Procedures Committee of
    the Ohio Judicial Conference

    Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee - past member

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