Candidate Name: Thomas R. Wright
Education: Kirtland High School 1982; Ohio State University, B.S., Business Adminstration 1986; University of Toledo, College of Law, J.D., with honors 1991.
Law Clerk for Judge Donald R. Ford Sr. January 1992-May 1995. As a clerk, I primarily researched and wrote draft opinions for the court. Trial Lawyer May 1995-January 2011. In my civil practice, I represented plaintiffs and defendants in the areas of professional malpractice, product liability, and general negligence and insurance coverage. My criminal law practice consisted of misdemeanor and felony defense. I have tried numerous jury trials and was named the 2005-2006 Mahoning County Lawyer of the Year for performing outstanding legal work. February 2011-Present. Judge, Eleventh District Court of Appeals. I currently serve as the Presiding and Administrative Judge. I have also decided cases in the Second, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth
Judicial Experience (courts and years):
I was an Acting Judge with the Trumbull County Eastern District Court over the course of several years where I would preside over the docket at the request of Judge Ronald J. Rice. I have served as a Judge with the Eleventh District Court of Appeals for the last twelve years.
What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I practiced for 17 years as a trial lawyer in both the civil and criminal arenas where my peers deemed my legal work to be outstanding.
Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I have served as your appellate judge for the last twelve years and would like to continue my service. My 15 years working with the appellate court as both a law clerk and judge are a benefit to the district. And over the last twelve years the lawyers within the district have consistently held me in high regard.