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United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
(N.D. Ohio)
Seal of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Appeals to Sixth Circuit
Established February 10, 1855
Judges assigned 11
Chief judge Solomon Oliver, Jr.
Official site

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (in case citations, N.D. Ohio) is the federal trial court for the northern half of Ohio. The court has courthouses in Cleveland (where the chief judge and most of the Northern District's judges have chambers), Toledo, Akron, and Youngstown.

Appeals from this court are heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The United States Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Ohio represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. Steven M. Dettelbach was appointed U.S. Attorney on July 10, 2009 by President Barack Obama, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 15, 2009. He was sworn into office on October 26, 2009.


  • History 1
  • Current judges 2
  • Former judges 3
  • Succession of seats 4
  • See also 5
  • Notes 6
  • External links 7


The United States District Court for the District of Ohio was established on February 19, 1803, by 2 Stat. 201.[1][2] The District was subdivided into Northern and Southern Districts on February 10, 1855, by 10 Stat. 604.[2]

Current judges

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
41 Chief Judge Oliver Jr., SolomonSolomon Oliver Jr. Cleveland 1947 1994–present 2010–present Clinton,Clinton
45 District Judge Nugent, Donald C.Donald C. Nugent Cleveland 1948 1995–present Clinton,Clinton
46 District Judge Gaughan, Patricia AnnePatricia Anne Gaughan Cleveland 1953 1995–present Clinton,Clinton
47 District Judge Gwin, James S.James S. Gwin Cleveland 1954 1997–present Clinton,Clinton
48 District Judge Polster, Dan A.Dan A. Polster Cleveland 1951 1998–present Clinton,Clinton
49 District Judge Adams, John R.John R. Adams Akron 1955 2003–present Bush, G.W.G.W. Bush
50 District Judge Boyko, Christopher A.Christopher A. Boyko Cleveland 1954 2005–present Bush, G.W.G.W. Bush
51 District Judge Zouhary, JackJack Zouhary Toledo 1951 2006–present Bush, G.W.G.W. Bush
52 District Judge Lioi, Sara ElizabethSara Elizabeth Lioi Akron 1960 2007–present Bush, G.W.G.W. Bush
53 District Judge Pearson, Benita Y.Benita Y. Pearson Youngstown 1963 2010–present Obama,Obama
54 District Judge Helmick, Jeffrey J.Jeffrey J. Helmick Toledo 1960 2012–present Obama,Obama
40 Senior Judge Carr, James G.James G. Carr Toledo 1940 1994–2010 2004–2010 2010–present Clinton,Clinton
42 Senior Judge Katz, David A.David A. Katz Toledo 1933 1994–2005 2005–present Clinton,Clinton
44 Senior Judge Economus, Peter C.Peter C. Economus Columbus[Note 1] 1943 1995–2009 2009–present Clinton,Clinton

Former judges

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Willson, Hiram V.Hiram V. Willson OH 1808–1866 1855–1866 Pierce,Pierce death
2 Sherman, Charles TaylorCharles Taylor Sherman OH 1811–1879 1867–1872 Johnson, A.A. Johnson resignation
3 Welker, MartinMartin Welker OH 1819–1902 1873–1889[Note 2] Grant,Grant retirement
4 Ricks, Augustus J.Augustus J. Ricks OH 1843–1906 1889–1906[Note 3] Harrison, B.B. Harrison death
5 Wing, Francis JosephFrancis Joseph Wing OH 1850–1918 1901–1905 McKinley,McKinley resignation
6 Tayler, Robert WalkerRobert Walker Tayler OH 1852–1910 1905–1910 Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt death
7 Killits, John MiltonJohn Milton Killits OH 1858–1938 1910–1928 1928–1938 Taft,Taft death
8 Day, William LouisWilliam Louis Day OH 1876–1936 1911–1914 Taft,Taft resignation
9 Clarke, John HessinJohn Hessin Clarke OH 1857–1945 1914–1916 Wilson,Wilson reappointment
10 Westenhaver, David C.David C. Westenhaver OH 1865–1928 1917–1928 Wilson,Wilson death
11 Jones, Paul J.Paul J. Jones OH 1880–1965 1923–1965 1948–1959 Harding,Harding death
12 West, Samuel H.Samuel H. West OH 1872–1938 1928–1938 Coolidge,Coolidge death
13 Hahn, George PhilipGeorge Philip Hahn OH 1879–1937 1928–1937 Coolidge,Coolidge death
14 Kloeb, Frank Le BlondFrank Le Blond Kloeb OH 1890–1976 1937–1964 1959–1960 1964–1976 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
15 Wilkin, Robert NugenRobert Nugen Wilkin OH 1886–1973 1939–1949 1949–1973 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
16 Freed, Emerich B.Emerich B. Freed OH 1897–1955 1941–1955 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
17 McNamee, Charles JosephCharles Joseph McNamee OH 1890–1964 1951–1964 1960–1960 Truman,Truman death
18 Connell, James C.James C. Connell OH 1897–1973 1954–1971 1960–1967 1971–1973 Eisenhower,Eisenhower death
19 Weick, Paul CharlesPaul Charles Weick OH 1899–1997 1956–1959 Eisenhower,Eisenhower reappointment
20 Kalbfleisch, Girard EdwardGirard Edward Kalbfleisch OH 1899–1990 1959–1970 1967–1969 1970–1990 Eisenhower,Eisenhower death
21 Battisti, Frank J.Frank J. Battisti OH 1922–1994 1961–1994 1969–1990 1994–1994 Kennedy,Kennedy death
22 Green, Ben CharlesBen Charles Green OH 1905–1983 1961–1976[Note 4] 1976–1983 Kennedy,Kennedy death
23 Young, Don JohnDon John Young OH 1910–1996 1965–1980 1980–1996 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
24 Thomas, William KernahanWilliam Kernahan Thomas OH 1911–2001 1966–1981 1981–2001 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
25 Lambros, Thomas DemetriosThomas Demetrios Lambros OH 1930–present 1967–1995 1990–1995 Johnson, L.L. Johnson retirement
26 Krupansky, Robert B.Robert B. Krupansky OH 1921–2004 1970–1982 Nixon,Nixon reappointment
27 Walinski, Jr., Nicholas JosephNicholas Joseph Walinski, Jr. OH 1920–1992 1970–1985 1985–1992 Nixon,Nixon death
28 Contie, Jr., Leroy JohnLeroy John Contie, Jr. OH 1920–2001 1971–1982 Nixon,Nixon reappointment
29 Manos, John MichaelJohn Michael Manos OH 1922–2006 1976–1991 1991–2006 Ford,Ford death
30 White, George WashingtonGeorge Washington White OH 1931–2011 1980–1999 1995–1999 1999–2011 Carter,Carter death
31 Aldrich, AnnAnn Aldrich OH 1927–2010 1980–1995 1995–2010 Carter,Carter death
32 Krenzler, Alvin I.Alvin I. Krenzler OH 1921–2010 1981–1992 1992–1992 Reagan,Reagan retirement
33 Potter, John WilliamJohn William Potter OH 1918-2013 1982–1992 1992–2013 Reagan,Reagan death
34 Dowd Jr., David DudleyDavid Dudley Dowd Jr. OH 1929–present 1982–1996 1996–2014 Reagan,Reagan retirement
35 Bell, Samuel H.Samuel H. Bell OH 1925–2010 1982–1996 1996–2010 Reagan,Reagan death
36 Batchelder, Alice M.Alice M. Batchelder OH 1944–present 1985–1992 Reagan,Reagan reappointment
37 McQuade Jr., Richard B.Richard B. McQuade Jr. OH 1940–present 1986–1989 Reagan,Reagan resignation
38 Matia, Paul RamonPaul Ramon Matia OH 1937–present 1991–2004 1999–2004 2004–2005 Bush, G.H.W.G.H.W. Bush retirement
39 Wells, Lesley B.Lesley B. Wells OH 1937–present 1994–2006 2006–2015 Clinton,Clinton retirement
43 O'Malley, Kathleen M.Kathleen M. O'Malley OH 1956–present 1994–2010 Clinton,Clinton reappointment
  1. ^ Since taking senior status, Judge Economus has served as a visiting judge in the Southern District.
  2. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 2, 1873, confirmed by the United States Senate on December 8, 1873, and received commission on December 8, 1873.
  3. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 16, 1889, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 16, 1890, and received commission on January 16, 1890.
  4. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 15, 1962, confirmed by the United States Senate on June 29, 1962, and received commission on July 2, 1962.

Succession of seats

See also


  1. ^ Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 392.
  2. ^ a b U.S. District Courts of Ohio, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.

External links

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
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