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Garth W. Brown

For Judge of the Findlay Municipal Court
Unexpired Term Ending 12/31/2023

Candidate Details

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  • Education
    Loyola University of Chicago, B.A., cum laude, 1990; Drake University School of Law, J.D., 1993
  • Work Experience
    Kentris, Brown, Powell & Balega 1993-1998; Drake, Phillips, Kuenzli & Clark 1998-present; Notable by Martindale-Hubbell Peer review
  • Family
    wife Carmen of 29 years, daughters Mikayla and Aubrey
  • Affiliations
    Findlay Hancock County Bar Association - 27 year member, Ohio State Bar Association - 27 year member, St. Andrews United Methodist Church - 26 year member, Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks - 22 year member
  • Endorsements
    Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, Karl Heminger, Thomas Hiatt

Question 1

List your judicial experience (courts and years)

Attorney in good standing 1993-present: I have appeared in all Courts in Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Putnam, Seneca, Wood and Wyandot County. I have appeared in Municipal and Common Pleas Court in Fulton, Lucas and Marion County, Domestic Relations Court in Franklin County and Municipal Courts in Crawford, Defiance, Henry, Napoleon, Sandusky, Van Wert and Ottawa Counties. I have also appeared in Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and the Third Appellate District of Ohio. While I have not served as a judge in these counties, I have had the experience of appearing before a multitude of Judges.

Question 2

What non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?

Often I am asked how I remain so calm even in troubling or upsetting situations, and my answer is always that I cannot control the things that happen around me, only my reaction to them. I believe this attitude is exactly what is most helpful to a position on the bench. Many things come before the Court and I have observed them from the other side of the bench my entire career, and the reaction from the Court is always important. Litigants, attorneys, witnesses, and spectators all have different reactions to what is happening to them and around them in a court setting, and many times their reaction is a negative one. Remaining calm, responding with integrity and compassion presents a view of the court which promotes the belief of fairness and one of being heard, even if ultimately the ruling or outcome is not what is wished for. The demeanor and outlook I bring to my everyday life is an asset which will be valuable on the bench. My 28 years of varied experience in dealing with a large variety of legal issues encompassing everything from civil litigation, contracts, family law, landlord tenant, criminal defense, personal injury, probate, and even social security disability cases also provides a perspective to address new matters as they come before the court.

Question 3

Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I have always had a drive for service. In college, I interned with Michael Oxley in Washington, D.C. I returned home after law school to serve as City Councilman. My wife, a farm girl from Wisconsin, and I decided to move our young family to a small farm outside of town. I decided I needed to invest time in raising my girls, so I didn't miss all those things they were involved in-a decision I have never regretted and am so proud of. Now that they are grown, I still love my involvement with many of the groups my girls participated in. I continue to volunteer with the We the People team each year and certainly enjoy the time I put in behind the scenes with Findlay First Edition. I continue to serve on the foundation committee at my church, St. Andrews and the University of Findlay Curtain Raiser's Board. Today, I am ready. I come to this drive toward the Municipal Court Bench with among the most diverse and vast experience on a broad based scale of any attorney in Hancock County. According to Martindale/Hubble, I have been highly rated by my peers in both legal ability and ethical standards. I look to this opportunity as a time to lend my level-headed thinking, my even temperament, my professional understanding, my high moral compass, and my solid work ethic to a new venture of service. In return, the citizens of Hancock County receive the most qualified candidate for the position.