Candidate Profiles

Bill Sperlazza

Candidate for:
Franklin County Common Pleas Court, General Division

Undergraduate Education:
Youngstown State University
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, May 2003

Legal Education:
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Juris Doctor, May 2006

The University of Oxford, Study Abroad , Oxford, England
St. Anne's College - Comparative Legal Studies, Summer 2004

Legal Experience:
Columbus City Attorney's Office - Columbus, OH: (3/2005-present)

  • Civil Litigation Division: (11/2019-present)
  • Environmental Court/Zone Initiative: (4/2012-11/2019)
  • Prosecutor Division: (5/2007-4/2012)
  • Legal Intake Counselor, Law Clerk, Arraignment Coordinator: (3/2005-5/2007)

Candidate Statement:

I've spent my entire 17-year legal career working in the courtrooms of Franklin County. I've practiced in Municipal Court, Environmental Court, Common Pleas Court, the 10th District Court of Appeals, U.S Federal Court, and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

During the first seven years of my career, I worked in the Prosecutor's Division. I then spent seven years in Environmental Court where I filed civil nuisance abatement cases on behalf of the City of Columbus, while also practicing a great deal of administrative law. For the past three years, I've worked in the Civil Litigation Division where the majority of my caseload is in the Court of Common Pleas.

This variety of experience will serve me well on the bench. In addition to both criminal and civil law experiences, I've worked as both a Prosecutor / Plaintiff's attorney and as a Defense attorney.

While practical experience is important, temperament and judicial disposition are just as imperative. I value every moment I've spent working with attorneys, judges, bailiffs, probation officers, victims advocates and police officers. Moreover, I value working with the people who enter our Franklin County courtrooms; defendants, witnesses, victims and families. I know how a courtroom experience can change peoples' lives. If elected I vow to run a courtroom that will be respectful to all those who pass through it, with an emphasis on fairness, professionalism, and compassion.

Columbus Bar Association
2022 Judiciary Committee Finding:

5 stars (what does this mean?)

Columbus Bar Association
Judicial Poll Results:

2022 Judicial Preference Poll

Running Against:
Will Ireland

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