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Douglas  Nobles

Douglas Nobles

For Judge of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations/Juvenile Division
Unexpired Term Ending 1/4/2025

*Top Vote-Getter in Primary Election

Candidate Details

  • Residence
    Columbus
  • Email
    info@noblesforjudge.com
  • Website
    noblesforjudge.com
  • Social Media
    facebook.com/douglasnoblesforjudge
    instagram.com/douglasnoblesforjudge
  • Age
    41
  • Occupation
    Prosecutor
  • Education

    May 2009 - Juris Doctor, Capital University Law School

    May 2004 - Bachelor of Arts, University of Pittsburgh

  • Work Experience

    December 2018 – Present: Lead Prosecutor, Columbus City Attorney (Columbus, OH)

    Prosecutes various types of misdemeanor cases; Develop and present case summaries to judges and juries; Negotiate plea agreements; Prepare and implement distinct and appropriate litigation strategies for each case

    March 2016 – December 2018: Staff Attorney/Law Clerk Supervisor, Franklin County Public Defender (Columbus, OH)

    Lead counsel in approximately 1000 cases annually including but not limited to impaired driving, domestic violence, and sexual misconduct cases; Represented clients in jury and court trials; Represented the interests of clients in competency hearings; Developed and presented case summaries to judges and juries; Negotiated plea agreements; Developed unique and complex litigation strategies for each case; Explained the legal process and options to clients; Managed the hiring, training, and scheduling for 17 law clerks

    August 2015 – February 2016: Staff Attorney, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Division of Domestic Relations (Columbus, OH)

    Conducted legal research; Interpreted statutory language; Made recommendations to the Judge; Drafted legal opinions, orders, and objections; Managed divorce filings; Reviewed files, records, and other documents to obtain information to respond to requests; Assisted pro se individuals with divorce proceedings, service issues, and subpoenas; Responded to inquiries from private counsel

    June 2011 – August 2015 Staff Attorney/Law Clerk Supervisor, Franklin County Public Defender

    Served as lead counsel in approximately 1000 cases annually including but not limited to impaired driving, domestic violence, and sexual misconduct cases; Represented clients in jury and court trials; Represented the interests of clients in competency hearings; Developed and presented case summaries to judges and juries; Negotiated plea agreements; Developed unique and complex litigation strategies for each case; Explained the legal process and options to clients; Co-managed the hiring, training, and scheduling for 15 law clerks

    February 2006 – November 2010Head Felony Law Clerk, Franklin County Public Defender

    Developed weekly work schedule of felony law clerks; Developed training procedures; Served as liaison between felony law clerks and attorneys; Conducted legal research; Wrote motions and judicial releases; Conducted client interviews; Filed information with the Clerk of Courts; Assisted during felony arraignments and trial; Provided case information to clients in jail

  • Family
    Married with 2 children
  • Affiliations

    Columbus Bar Association

    Franklin County Democratic Lawyers Club

    August 2020 to November 2020 - Prosecution Leaders of Now

    August 2019 - Prosecutor Impact

  • Endorsements

    · U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown

    · Franklin County Democratic Party

    · Columbus Firefighters Local 67

    · Central Ohio Labor Council AFL-CIO

    · Baptist Ministerial Alliance of Columbus & Vicinity

    · Columbus Building Trades Council

    · Coalition of Black Trade Unionist

    · Coalition of Labor Union Women

    · A. Phillip Randolph Institute

    · AFSCME Ohio Council 8

    · AFSCME Retirees Ohio Chapter 1184

    · CWA: Communication Workers of America Local 4502

    · “Highly Recommended” by the Central Ohio Association of Justice

    · Columbus Education Association

    · Teachers for Better Schools

    · Muslims for Ohio PAC

    · Franklin County Adelante Democrats

    · Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 189

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Question 1

List your judicial experience (courts and years)

None


Question 2

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

I am qualified to be a judge based on my service as a Public Defender, Staff Attorney in Domestic Relations, and Prosecutor. Combined, these experiences have given me a unique familiarity with the defense and prosecuting sides of the court and prepare me for service on the bench.


Question 3

Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I believe my experience as someone who has practiced on both sides and served as a Staff Attorney in Domestic Relations uniquely qualifies me to be a Domestic Relations judge. Because of this unique experience, my view of the court is different and I have a goal to connect the community to the resources they need to reduce the cycle of them returning to court.