Candidate Profiles

Jessica Barwell

Candidate for:
Franklin County Common Pleas Court, General Division

Undergraduate Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Minor in Criminal Justice, Long Island University, Pre-Law Concentration, Pre-Law Scholarship, Honors Scholarship, 2004-2008

Legal Education:
Western Michigan Law School (formerly known as Thomas M. Cooley), 2008-2011 Study Abroad: Visiting Student, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Toronto, Canada; Florence, Italy, Summer 2011

Legal Experience:

  • Wesp Barwell, LLC, Attorney, 2015-present
  • Columbus Hospitality, LLC, General Counsel, 2012- present

Candidate Statement:

(In response to the question, "Please explain why you believe you are qualified for the judicial position for which you are seeking election.")

For me personally, integrity and experience really matter. As judge, I will take the time to listen, care and I have the experience and training to properly hear the cases that will appear before me. My civil background has prepared me for the often-complex business and commercial cases that I will hear which plays to my strengths and my background. I will bring a proper judicial temperament and a quick learning ability to the bench. When I was appointed as corporate counsel to a multi-state hospitality company, I was tasked with starting a legal department from scratch. I had to learn everything from contract, employment, construction, commerce and other areas of the law, which demonstrate that I am a quick study. Throughout my career, I have served in direct interaction with employee matters, including mediating employment disputes, engaging directly in employee disciplinary matters, and in promoting a work atmosphere of fairness, respect and harmony. My friends, colleagues and clients will tell you that my reputation is one of fairness, compassion, and common sense. I believe my personal and professional ethics stand out amongst my peers and fellow practitioners.

Columbus Bar Association
2022 Judiciary Committee Finding:

2 stars (what does this mean?)

Columbus Bar Association
Judicial Poll Results:

2022 Judicial Preference Poll

Running Against:
Julie M. Lynch

The Columbus Bar Association does not endorse any judicial candidate.