John W. Kessler
John Kessler is a former member of the General Division of the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. He has served on the bench from 1981 to his retirement in 2008.
After graduating from the University of Toledo College of Law, Kessler served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Montgomery County for four years. He then founded and acted as executive director of the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office for six years before joining the law firm of Hunt, Dodge, Little & Kessler as a partner in 1978.
He has served as president of the Montgomery County Trial Judges Conference and the Dayton chapter of the American Inns of Court Foundation. In 2007, he received the Dayton Law Honorable Walter H. Rice Honorary Alumni Award. He has also received the Distinguished Jurist Award from the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association.
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J.D., University of Toledo, 1968
B.A., Miami University, 1965