Hon. Sharon L. Ovington

Adjunct Professor of Law



Email: Hon. Sharon Ovington
Phone: 937-512-1570


Since October of 2002, Sharon L. Ovington has served as a magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio.

After graduating from the University of Dayton School of Law, Judge Ovington worked for seven years as an assistant county prosecutor for Montgomery County, where she handled misdemeanor and felony prosecutions, civil litigation, and appeals cases. In 1988, she served as a referee in more than 400 civil cases for the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court before entering private practice in 1992. She was an associate at Bieser, Greer & Landis, where she specialized in commercial litigation, before becoming a partner at Greger & Ovington. She practiced in civil litigation, misdemeanor and felony defense litigation, death penalty and habeas corpus litigation at Greger & Ovington for seven years before being appointed to the U.S. District Court.

Judge Ovington received the 1992 Outstanding Lawyer Award for her support to the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project. She is a 1991 graduate of Harvard Negotiation Project and subsequently helped form the Common Pleas Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. She has served as chairman of the Dayton Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Committee and the Civil Trial Practice Committee, and also served on the Montgomery County Public Defender Board from 1996-2000.

Courses Taught

LAW 729 Negotiation/Mediation


J.D., University of Dayton School of Law, 1981
B.A., University of Cincinnati