Candidate Profiles

Laura M. Nesbitt

Candidate for:
Tenth District Court of Appeals

Undergraduate Education:
Xavier University, Bachelor of Science, Cincinnati, OH, June 2004
Major: Psychology; Minor: Criminal Justice, Graduated with Honors; Dean's List; Psi Chi Honor Society

Legal Education:
Capital University Law School, Juris Doctor, Columbus, OH, May 2007
Concentration in Alternative Dispute Resolution; Pro Bono Certificate; Dean's List

William and Mary Law School, Study Abroad, Madrid, Spain, July 2005

Legal Experience:

The Nesbitt Law Firm, LLC: Managing Attorney, July 2013-Present.
• Manage all law firm operations
• Represent consumer and non-consumer clients in civil cases. Provide legal advice, attend court appearances, perform legal research and writing, engage in motion practice and discovery, and interpret and apply Federal, State and local rules and code to individual cases.
• Representative practice areas: Chapters 7 and 13 bankruptcy filings and related matters including adversary litigation; Tax disputes; Student loan debt disputes; Contract disputes; General civil litigation under RESPA, FDCPA, Ohio CSPA; State court foreclosure defense and mortgage loan modification agreements; Out-of-court workouts.

Council Law Group, PLLC: Partner, June 2020-Present.
• CLG is a nationwide practice. I handle consumer representation throughout the state of Ohio. I screen potential clients for eligibility and oversee out-of-court workouts in debt relief.

Jump Legal Group, LLC: Senior Associate Attorney, April 2009-July 2013
• Represent clients in Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy proceedings.
• Supervise paralegals and associate attorneys
• Maintain and revise of internal forms and procedures

Nesbitt Law Offices, LLC: Managing Attorney, October 2008-December 2009
• Management of all aspects of client cases in criminal defense, personal injury, and domestic law, including trial, hearings, motion practice, client correspondence; business operations management

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.")

It would be an honor and a great responsibility serve as a judge in Ohio's 10th District Court of Appeals. I have been an attorney practicing in Franklin County, Ohio since 2008. This is important because a judge seeking a position on the appellate court should have real-world experience in the underlying trial courts whose decisions will be under review on appeal.

As a practicing attorney in Franklin County, I understand the integral workings of Municipal Court, the Court of Common Pleas, the Appellate Court, and Supreme Court of Ohio. My career began with taking on cases as a legal intern at Capital University Law School in 2006, with the guidance of excellent mentors. After becoming licensed in 2007, I took on court appointment work for indigent defendants, sat to observe the "good attorneys" on trial days, and learned the system used by the clerks, bailiffs, and judges in the Municipal Court and in the Court of Common Pleas. I not only have criminal law experience but also civil law experience in these courts, which is an important attribute for a judge who will be reviewing both criminal and civil case decisions.

Moreover, I have practiced before the trial courts my entire career. I am not a politician nor a person seeking notoriety. I am instead an officer of the court, who represents real cases and real people. Just as I have built up the trust of my clients and colleagues in my practice, I will work to build the same on the bench by ensuring fair, well-measured decisions are made. This is the judicial foundation needed to ensure that respect for the rule of law is maintained in Franklin County. Voters should be confident in a candidate's qualifications but also in their motivation and desire for justice. A knowledgeable and well-rounded judge who will ensure compliance with local ordinances and the laws of the state of Ohio, is the type of qualified candidate the residents of Franklin County should have the opportunity to elect. I not only possess these qualifications, but I also understand the great responsibility a judgeship entails. My experience, broad perspective, and desire to apply the law fairly and properly in all cases, along with the requisite understanding needed to review the rulings of lower courts makes me the most qualified candidate in my race.

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:
Kristin Boggs

The Columbus Bar Association does not endorse any judicial candidate.