Candidate Profiles

Judge James W. Brown

Candidate for:
Franklin County Common Pleas Court, Domestic Relations/Juvenile Division

Undergraduate Education:
Bachelor of Arts, The Ohio State University, 1979

Legal Education:
Juris Doctor, The Ohio State University, 1982

Legal Experience:

December 2014-Present: Judge, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch

Since taking the bench, Judge Brown has been appointed to and serves on the following Supreme Court and Judicial Committees:

  • Nominated by Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor to the Supreme Court of Ohio Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence.
  • The Supreme Court of Ohio Domestic Relations Curriculum Committee by request of the Ohio Judicial College.
  • Trustee on the Board of the Ohio Association of Domestic Relations Judges.
  • Serves on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Judicial College.
November 1982-December 2014: Private practitioner representing parties in domestic relations and juvenile matters for thirty-two years throughout the State of Ohio.

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.")

Judge Brown's longevity practicing in the domestic and juvenile relations sector provides a breadth of knowledge and experience that serves him well. Specifically, Judge Brown is able to understand the needs of the parties as well as the attorneys who practice before him.

In addition to serving on his numerous judicial appointments, the Judge is diligently working with numerous stakeholders in the Franklin County Court system to develop a centralized Domestic Violence Center to aid and facilitate services for Domestic Violence survivors. The Judge believes this project is of the utmost importance to those seeking safety in Franklin County, Ohio.

Judge Brown is "Highly Recommended" by the Columbus Bar Association's Judicial Screening Committee.

In his time on the bench, Judge Brown's judicial skills have been evaluated in the Columbus Bar Association's judicial performance polls participated in by practitioners who have appeared before him. In 2018, Judge Brown's judicial performance was rated as the second highest in the Domestic Relations Court, tying for the second highest rating of the twenty-two Franklin County Common Pleas' Judges. In 2016, Judge Brown tied for first as highest rated Domestic Relations Judge, which was also the highest rating amongst all twenty-two Franklin County Common Pleas' Judges in 2016.

Judge James Brown recognizes how extremely fortunate he is to serve on the bench and sincerely asks for your support to allow him to continue as your judge on the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile branch.

Columbus Bar Association
2018 Judiciary Committee Finding:

Highly Recommended

Columbus Bar Association
Judicial Poll Results:

2018 Judicial Preference Poll


Running Against:
Jessica Barwell

The Columbus Bar Association does not endorse any judicial candidate.