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Patricia A. Delaney

Patricia A. Delaney

5th District Court of Appeals
Full Term Commencing Feb. 11, 2025

Candidate Details

  • Residence
  • Email
  • Social Media
  • Age
  • Occupation
    Presiding Judge, Ohio Fifth District Court of Appeals
  • Education

    The University of Toledo College of Law, J.D.

    The University of Toledo, B.A.

    Normandy High School

  • Work Experience

    Presiding Judge, Ohio Fifth District Court of Appeals 

    Assistant City Attorney, City of Columbus

    Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP Law Firm

    Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Staff Attorney

    Ohio Assistant Attorney General 




  • Family
    Married 35 years to Patrick Delaney, long-time Defensive Coordinator for Ohio Wesleyan University Football. Four grown children and seven grandchildren.
  • Affiliations

    Secretary, Ohio Court of Appeals Judges Association (2024)

    Member, Ohio Judicial Advisory Group (2022-2024)

    Instructor, Ohio Judicial College (2008-2024)

    Chair, Ohio Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Superintendence (2016-2018)

    Member, Ohio Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Superintendence (2013-2016)

    Past Chair, Ohio Court of Appeals Judges Association, Bylaws Committee

    Member, Coshocton Business and Professional Women's Association

    Member, Ohio State Bar Association

    Member, Ohio Women's Bar Association

    Member, Stark County Bar Association

    Member, Delaware County Bar Association

    Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Divisions of Ohio

    Parishioner of St. Mary Catholic Church, Delaware Ohio

    Avid runner & sports enthusiatist supporting community events such as 5K and half marathon charitable races, and athletic supporter of Olentangy Schools, Ohio Wesleyan Univerisity and youth sports teams. 


  • Endorsements

    Supported by the Fraternal Order of Police; McKinley Lodge #2

  • Bar Association Ratings

    Highly Recommended, Stark County Bar Association (2024, 2018, 2012) 

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Question 1

List your judicial experience (courts and years)

Currently serving in 18th year as one of six judges on the Fifth District Court of Appeals represesting 15 Ohio counties. The Fifth District is one of the largest appellate courts in the state in both geographical size and population. It is also one of the busiest and most efficient appeals court in the state. First elected in 2006, and re-elected in 2012 and 2018.

Author of approximately 85 court opinions a year and 1,445 published opinions over judicial career, in addition to participating in deciding over 2,890 panel opinions. Review trial court decisions covering extensive legal issues from common pleas, municipal, family, divorce, juvenile and probate courts. Hear and decided local tax appeals, public record cases from the Ohio Court of Claims and writs of prohibition and mandamus in original actions before the court.

Presiding and Administrative Judge 2012, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2024.

Served by assignment on the Ohio Supreme Court and several other Ohio Court of Appeals. 



Question 2

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

Prior to joining the bench, I practiced in a wide range of legal areas in both state and federal courts and learned to be a quick study of legal issues and precedents in each of those areas, which prepared me well for the diversity of matters decided at the appellate level. Working with both public and private clients, I have a good understand of the impact of court proceedings on people's lives and business affairs, so I strive to be prompt, courteous and prepared for each day in court and to listen fairly to both sides prior to rendering a decision.

Question 3

Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I love my job and serving the hard working people of the District, plus traveling to our 15 beautfiul counties. My collegues and I are dedicated to the independence, intergity and impartiality of our court. Our Administrative Staff works tirelessly to support us in those efforts (even through a global pandemic!). We strive to administer justice in a timely and efficient manner because we understand how important our rulings are to the parties in the case and the community. If re-elected to a 4th term, I will serve as chief judge-elect (2024) and then chief judge (2025) of the Court of Appeals Judges Association, the statewide leader of appellate judges. I look forward to that honor.

Thank you to all the voters who have supported me throughout the years. I look forward to serving another term and appreciate your consideration of my qualifications.