Candidate Profiles

Keith McGrath

Candidate for:
Tenth District Court of Appeals

Undergraduate Education:
Marshall University, B.A., 1989

Legal Education:
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., 1992

Legal Experience:
An attorney for over 29 years. Over 25 years of courtroom experience. More than 100 actual trials and hearings. Every type of criminal case, from speeding tickets to Aggravated Murder. Law firm experience, and additional civil experience with the prosecutor's office (closing down drug houses and adult bookstores that were found to be a nuisance).

  • 2022 - Present: Judge, Tenth District Court of Appeals
  • 2002 - 2022: Assistant and Senior Assistant Franklin County Prosecutor, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1998 - 2002: Contract Attorney, Washington, D.C.
  • 1997 - 1998: Assistant Franklin County Prosecutor, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1993 - 1997: Assistant City Prosecutor, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1995 - Adjunct Professor, Law Enforcement Program, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1992 - 1993: Night Court Traffic Prosecutor, Mediation Hearing Officer, Intern, Columbus City Attorney's Office, Columbus, 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.")

I believe that my experience is an asset to the bench. I have been fortunate enough to live overseas for two years. I have served in the U.S. Coast Guard at the Coast Guard Academy. I have lived in Columbus for over 29 years, most of that time serving the people of Franklin County as a prosecutor. I have worked hard to keep our community safe, develop good working relationships with law enforcement, and communicate openly and honestly with victims. I believe that the people of Franklin County are best served by having judges with actual courtroom experience.

As a sitting judge, I treat all who appear in front of me with dignity and respect. I am fair, impartial, and work diligently to render decisions in a timely manner. I am honored to be a judge on the Tenth District Court of Appeals and hope to continue to serve our community in that capacity.

Columbus Bar Association
2022 Judiciary Committee Finding:

3 stars (what does this mean?)

Columbus Bar Association
Judicial Poll Results:

2022 Judicial Preference Poll

Running Against:
Carly Edelstein

The Columbus Bar Association does not endorse any judicial candidate.