Candidate Profiles

Jim Hughes

Candidate for:
Franklin County Common Pleas Court, General Division

Undergraduate Education:
The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing Major)

Legal Education:
Juris Doctor of Law, Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio

Legal Experience:
Bailiff/Court Constable for the Honorable Judge Tommy L. Thompson, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas (1987-1994)

Associate/Partner at Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor, LLC (2001-Present) - Practiced in civil and criminal areas with clients from all walks of life, gender, age and sex; dealt with contract law cases, torts, as well as traffic and criminal and real estate cases

Assistant Franklin County Prosecutor (1997-2000) - Member of Specialized Unit that focused on child pornography sex crimes; Member of the Welfare Fraud Prosecution that prosecutes with Jobs & Family Services for Welfare Fraud and Abuse; Member of the Felony Drunk Driving Taskforce, as well as Assistant Prosecutor in court room

Assistant City Prosecutor, Columbus City Attorney's Office (1994-1997) - Member of Drunk Driving Vehicle Homicide Taskforce, as well as Assistant Prosecutor in court room

Former Member of the Ohio Senate (2009-2016)

Member of the Ohio House of Representatives (2000-2008, 2017-current)

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.")

I have been an attorney for 24 years and I have always held the judiciary in very high esteem. My interest in the judiciary began after my first full-time job as a court constable/bailiff for Judge Tommy Thompson. I am an avid supporter of the Constitution of the United States. I believe my well-rounded experience gives me a greater understanding and ability in its interpretation. If elected to the bench, I would bring to the court an intimate and in-depth understanding of both the legal system and the complexity of daily issues challenging our society. Having been in both public and private, criminal and civil areas of law gives me a unique perspective. I am patient, fair, and compassionate. Working my way up to partner gave me the experiences and understanding of its demands. I am a person who stands on principle ahead of political ideology. Thus, I have support of people from both sides of the aisle.

Columbus Bar Association
2018 Judiciary Committee Finding:

Highly Recommended

Columbus Bar Association
Judicial Poll Results:

Coming soon


Running Against:
Karen Phipps

The Columbus Bar Association does not endorse any judicial candidate.