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Robert C. Winkler

Robert C. Winkler

For Judge of the First District Court of Appeals
Full Term Beginning 2/9/2023

Candidate Details

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

    The University of Cincinnati, BBA (Accounting Major) 1983

    Chase College of Law, Juris Doctor 1987

  • Work Experience

    McIntosh, McIntosh, and Knabe: Civil Practice 1987-1990

    Assistant Hamilton County, Ohio Prosecutor 1990-1997

    Private Practice of Law 1997-2002

    Hamilton County, Ohio Municipal Court Judge 2002-2006

    Hamilton County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas judge (General Division) 2006-2019

    Ohio First District Court of Appeals Judge 2019-Present




  • Family
    Married with twin daughters and a son.
  • Affiliations

    Children's Dyslexia Centers of Cincinnati, Board of Governors, Chairman of the Board 2020-2022.

    Youth Basketball and Track Coach 2012-2017

    Ohio Court of Appeals Judges Association;

    Ohio Judicial Conference;

    Ohio State Bar Association;

    Cincinnati Bar Association;

    Moot Court Judge;

    Cincinnati Lawyers Club.

  • Endorsements

    Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 69.

    Cincinnati Firefighters Union, Local 48

  • Bar Association Ratings

    The Cincinnati Bar Association Rates the candidates some years and not others. I don't know if the CBA will rate this year.

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Question 1

List your judicial experience (courts and years)

Ohio First District Court of Appeals Judge; 2019 to Present.

Hamilton County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas Judge; 2006 to 2019.

Hamilton County, Ohio Municipal Court  Judge; 2002 to 2006.

Question 2

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

As an Assistant Prosecutor and in my capacity as a  Civil Attorney, I strove to build consensus and reach an ultimate resolution of the case between the opposing parties. A judge's role is to resolve matters before the court. 

When a settlement was impossible, I tried the case.

Throughout my career, I have tried innumerable jury and bench trials as an attorney and as a judge.


Question 3

Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I am uniquely qualified based on my knowledge, training, and experience as an attorney and my 20 years as a trial judge.