Office: For Judge of the Franklin County Municipal Court
Full Term Beginning 01/04/2022
Education: Muskingum University, B.A. (2000), Summa Cum Laude honors; Capital University Law School, J.D. (2003), Summa Cum Laude honors
Work Experience: Owner/Manager of Law Offices of Mark J. Miller, LLC (2014-present); Partner at Shaw & Miller (2005-2014); associate at Boone, Smith & Associates (2003-2005)
Affiliations: Previous volunteer on ABC-6 TV’s “Ask the Attorney Segment”; member of the Columbus Bar Association, volunteer at All People’s Fresh Market
Bar Association Ratings: 5-star rating from the Columbus Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee, August 2021 (5 stars being the highest rating)
(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
This is my first time running for a judicial seat.
(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I believe I am qualified for the Franklin County Municipal Court because of my 18 years of litigation experience and familiarity with the court. Since I became licensed to practice law in 2003, I have stepped inside the municipal court just about every day. I have handled hundreds of municipal court cases and have tried cases there. I know how the court works, and while there is always something new to learn, I am confident that if elected, I will be prepared to take the bench on day one. Further, as part of my law practice, I have represented clients from diverse backgrounds, each with a different life story. I have tried dozens of criminal jury trials throughout central Ohio in municipal and common pleas courts. In additional to criminal jury trials, I have litigated civil cases, participated in depositions, mediations, and settlements. Also, I have argued numerous appellate cases in several courts, including the Ohio Supreme Court. Based on my unique professional experience, I believe I am qualified to listen to everyone who walks into my courtroom, keep an open mind, apply the law, and to administer justice in a fair and balanced way. Also, of great importance is to treat all litigants and parties with respect.
(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I am running for the Franklin Municipal Court because I want to bring my unique, broad legal and professional experience to the bench, in an effort to help make a difference in more people’s lives. I am running on my experience — I have worked on countless criminal and traffic cases, and also come from a civil litigation background. I believe judges must exhibit a good judicial temperament and have respect for everyone who walks into the courtroom. If elected, I would like to see the court run in an efficient, effective and fair manner for all. I have represented clients from all walks of life and from all different ages, races and backgrounds. I represent a diverse clientele, many of whom have struggled with drug addiction, substance abuse, mental health or other personal issues. I believe I can bring this kind of experience to the bench to help make a difference. Judges must use the tools available to them, such as probation resources, drug courts and other restorative justice means in an effort to help every individual and to protect the community. I kindly ask for your support this November.