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Judge Lisa L. Sadler

Judge Lisa L. Sadler

Presiding Judge

Judicial Experience

  • Judge, Tenth District Court of Appeals July 2003- Present
  • Judge, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Mar. 1996 - July 2003
  • Judge, Franklin County Municipal Court May 1992 - Mar. 1996


  • Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio Juris Doctor, May 1984
  • The Ohio State University (1977-1980), Columbus, Ohio Bachelor of Science and Social Welfare, 1980 Graduate Cum Laude
  • Miami University (1976-1977), Oxford, Ohio

Previous Non-Judicial Work Experience

  • Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to Gov. George V. Voinovich
    • Jan. 1991 - May 1992 Office of the Governor, State of Ohio
  • Assistant City Attorney, Columbus City Attorney’s Office July 1984 - Jan. 1991
    • Civil Division, Litigation Section and Prosecutor’s Division

Bar Memberships

  • Admitted to Ohio Bar, November 1984
  • Admitted to United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, January 1985
  • Admitted to United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, September, 1986
  • Admitted to Florida Bar, April 1987
  • Admitted to The Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1992

Professional and Community Activities

  • Recipient of the 2015 Public Service Award presented by OACTA (Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys)
  • ​Member, Maryhaven Board of Directors
  • Member, Women Lawyers of Franklin County
  • ​Member, Columbus and Ohio State Bar Associations
    • CBA Admission Committee
    • OSBA Jury Instruction Committee
    • Co-Chair – 2012-2014
    • Past Vice-Chair
  • Member, The Ohio State University Alumni Association
  • Member, Commission on Rules of Practice & Procedure, 2012-2017
    • Appellate Rule Committee
    • Criminal Law & Procedure Committee
  • Member, Supreme Court of Ohio, Advisory Committee on Case Management, Appellate Time Guideline Committee, 2011-2012
  • Member, MRDD Victims of Crime Task Force, 2002-2003
  • Co-Chair, Ohio Judicial College, Bench Bar Retreat 2000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, 1986-1997
    • 2008-2009 – Mentor in Project Mentor, a school-based mentoring collaboration between Big Brothers Big Sisters and Columbus Public Schools
  • Past Board Member, Salvation Army, Adult Rehabilitation Center Advisory Board
  • Past Board member, Prevent Blindness Ohio
  • Past Mentor, Capital University Law School, Women's Mentor Program
  • Church of the Messiah, United Methodist Church, Lifetime member

 Staff Members


  • Lewis F. Pettigrew
  • Brian W. Kelso

Judicial Secretary

  • Susan Shewalter