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Manisha  Kotian

Manisha Kotian

For Judge of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division
Full Term Beginning 1/16/2023

Candidate Details

  • Residence
  • Email
  • Website
  • Social Media
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Education

    University of Cincinnati, BBA 1989, Management and Marketing

    University of Pittsburgh, J.D. 1992

  • Work Experience

    Goldberg, Persky, Jennings & White, P.C. 1992-1993

    Legal Aid of Western Missouri 1994-1996 (AmeriCorps)

    Solo Practitioner 1994-1994

    Hammond & Associates 1996-1997

    Public Defender's Office Hamilton County/Guardian ad Litem 1997-1999

    Solo Practioner 1999-present

  • Family
    Married with three children
  • Affiliations

    Montgomery Station Office Condominiums Board: President

    Aruna Project

    Hamilton County Divorce Clinic

    Cincinnati Legal Aid - Volunteer Lawyers Project

  • Endorsements


    Cincinnati Federation of Teachers

    Senator Sherrod Brown Canary Candidate

    Vote Mama


    LiUNA Local 265




    Cincinnati Equality PAC

    OPCMIA 132

    Tristate Asian American Action Fund (AAAF)

    Cincinnati Women's Political Caucuas PAC

    AFSCME Ohio Council 8

    Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey

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Question 1

List your judicial experience (courts and years)

As a first time candidate, I do not have judicial experience. However, I have been a Guardian ad Litem for over 28 years providing years of service to families in crisis, giving recommendations to the court for children and families.

Question 2

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

Out of law school, I served in AmeriCorps in Kansas City, Missouri, representing victims of domestic violence for protection orders and divorces. I have previously served on a race relations task force and have worked closely with the ACLU. When I moved back to Cincinnati, I worked for the Public Defender's office representing children of abuse, neglect and dependency as a Guardian ad Litem. For the last 28 years, I have maintained an active private practice focusing on Domestic Relations, mediation and GAL work.

Question 3

Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I have focused my career and practice on family law and know that I am qualified and can make a difference behind the bench. I have been entrenched with the Court of Domestic Relations and the laws under which is operates. I have been mediating, negotiating and litigating family law cases in Hamilton County for over 25 years. Everyone cares about families and everyone cares about the safety of children, but not everyone knows the ins and outs of family law. Family Court touches every aspect of your life. Experience behind the bench is imperative for the positive restructuring of families in Hamilton County.