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Hon. Mark Philip Painter - Cincinnati, OH

225 West Court Street Cincinnati, OH 45202

Updated: 02/25/2013

Overview

Mark P. Painter served as a judge for exactly 30 years (Ides March 1982-Ides March 2012). He was elected to the Ohio Court of Appeals in 1994 and re-elected without opposition in 2000 and 2006. Previously, he served on the Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Municipal Court for 13 years.

In 2009 he was elected by the General Assembly of the United Nations to the United Nations Appeals Tribunal. He was the only American on the seven-member court. He left the UN court in 2012.

A Cincinnati native, Painter attended the University of Cincinnati, where he was elected Student Body President in 1969. He earned a BA in 1970 and a JD in 1973. He practiced law for nine years before becoming a judge.

Judge Painter is recognized as an outstanding legal scholar. More than 400 of Judge Painter's decisions were published nationally, making him one of the most-published judges ever. His opinions have been cited as precedent more than 3,500 times in legal encyclopedias, treatises, law reviews, and other cases. One of his opinions was named one of the six best in the nation for 2005.

For 20 years (18 editions), Painter was the author of Ohio Driving Under the Influence Law, the only textbook on DUI in Ohio. He is coauthor of another legal treatise, Ohio Appellate Practice. He has written four law review articles, 135 articles for other journals, Internet biographies of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., William Howard Taft, and Warren Harding, and a biography, William Howard Taft: President and Chief Justice. Write Well: 25 Rules to Improve Your Business and Professional Writing was published in 2007.

His book on plain writing, The Legal Writer: 30 Rules for the Art of Legal Writing, was published in 2002, and sold out within a year. The Legal Writer: 40 Rules for the Art of Legal Writing was published in 2003, with a third edition in 2005, and a fourth in 2009.

As an Adjunct Professor of Law at the U.C. College of Law since 1990, Painter taught agency and partnership for 13 years and now teaches advanced legal writing. He was named Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor at UC for 2008. He has lectured at more than 250 seminars for the Ohio Judicial College, the Ohio State Bar Association, Professional Education Systems Institute, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and countless firms and bar associations nationwide. In 2008, he traveled to Malaysia as one of four international experts on plain-language legal writing. In 2010, he spoke at the Fifth International Conference on Administrative Justice in Montreal.

Painter has served as a Trustee of the Cincinnati Freestore/Foodbank, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, the Cincinnati Bar Association, the American Society of Legal Writers (Scribes), the Mary Jo Brueggeman Scholarship Fund, the Friends of the William Howard Taft Birthplace, and the Citizens School Committee. He is a Master of the Bench Emeritus of the Potter Stewart Inn of Court, an advisor to The Green Bag Reader, and served as a member of the Ohio Supreme Court Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline. He is a member of the Cincinnati, American, and Ohio State Bar Associations, the Plain Language International Network (Plain), Clarity, the National Space Society, the Ohio Historical Society, and the World Future Society.

Mark lived in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Clifton Heights--Fairview for 46 years. He and his wife, Sue Ann Painter, married in 1986. They moved to downtown Cincinnati in 2011.

About Hon. Mark Philip Painter

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Attorney

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1973
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980

Other Affiliations

  • Supreme Court of Ohio Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline, 1993 - 1995 (Member)
  • Cincinnati Free Store/Food Bank, 1985 - 1990 (Trustee)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, 1988 - 1990 (Trustee)
  • M.J. Brueggeman Memorial Fund, 1982 - 1992 (Vice President)
  • Citizens School Committee, 1974 - 1976 (Director)
  • University of Cincinnati, 1969 - 1970 (Student Body President and Representative to Board of Directors)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, 1979 - 1982 (Member, Grievance Committee)
  • Ohio State Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Criminal Law and Litigation Sections)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Judicial Administration Division)
  • American Judicature Society (Member)
  • American Judges Association (Member)
  • Cincinnati Historical Society (Member)
  • Ohio Historical Society (Member)
  • Association of Ohio Commodores (Member)
  • Potter Stewart Inn of Court (Master of the Bench Emeritus)
  • American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects (Scribes) (Member)
  • Plain Language International Network (Plain) (Member)
  • Legal Writing Institute (Member)
  • Clarity, the American Judicature Society (Member)
  • National Space Society (Member)
  • Ohio Historical Society (Member)
  • World Future Society (Member)

Classes and Seminars

  • Instructor, Business Law, University of Cincinnati, -
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati, - Present
  • Taught Legal Drafting, University of Cincinnati College of Law, Fall 1990
  • Taught, Agency/Partnership, University of Cincinnati College of Law, Spring 1991, Spring 1992, Spring 1993, Spring 1994, Spring 1995, Spring 1996, Spring 1997
  • Lecturer, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers - Columbus, January 27, 1989
  • Lecturer, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers - Columbus, April 14, 1989
  • Lecturer, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Akron, September 15, 1989
  • Lecturer, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers - Cleveland, February 2, 1990
  • Lecturer, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Columbus, March 30, 1990
  • Lecturer, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, University of Cincinnati College of Law, June 24-26, 1990
  • Lecturer, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Cincinnati, July 6, 1990
  • Lecturer, Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute - Columbus, November 8, 1990
  • Lecturer, Cincinnati Bar Association - Cincinnati, November 30, 1990
  • Lecturer, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers - Columbus, February 8, 1991
  • Lecturer, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, University of Cincinnati College of Law - June 16-18, 1991
  • Lecturer, American Judicature Society - Cincinnati, June 20, 1991
  • Lecturer, Cincinnati Bar Association - Cincinnati, February 6, 1992
  • Lecturer, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Toledo, February 28, 1992
  • Lecturer, Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute - Cincinnati, June 5, 1992
  • Lecturer, Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute - Columbus, August 27, 1992
  • Lecturer, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Cambridge, September 18, 1992
  • Lecturer, Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association - Cincinnati, March 16, 1993
  • Lecturer, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Dayton, June 11, 1993
  • Lecturer, Ohio Judicial College - Toledo, June 4, 1993
  • Lecturer, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Palm Island, Florida, May 12, 1993
  • Lecturer, Ohio Judicial College, Toledo, June 4, 1993
  • Lecturer, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Dayton, June 11, 1993
  • Lecturer, Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, Cincinnati, September 15, 1993
  • Lecturer, Supreme Court of Ohio Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, Columbus, October 1, 1993
  • Lecturer, Cuyahoga County Bar Association, Cleveland, December 9, 1993
  • Lecturer, Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, Columbus, February 17, 1994
  • Lecturer, Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, Cincinnati, March 3, 1994
  • Lecturer, Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, Cleveland, March 10, 1994
  • Lecturer, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, April 9, 1994
  • Lecturer, Ohio Judicial College, Cleveland, May 19, 1994
  • Lecturer, Cincinnati Bar Association, Cincinnati, May 24, 1994
  • Lecturer, Allen County Bar Association, Lima, September 16, 1994
  • Lecturer, Ohio Association of Court Referees and Magistrates, Columbus, September 22, 1994
  • Lecturer, Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, Cincinnati, September 23, 1994
  • Lecturer, Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, December 9, 1994
  • Lecturer, Cincinnati Bar Association, Cincinnati, December 22, 1994
  • Lecturer, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Cleveland, March 31, 1995
  • Lecturer, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Cleveland, March 31, 1995
  • Lecturer, Ohio Judicial College, Columbus, August 11, 1995
  • Lecturer, Westfield Companies, Westfield Center, August 22, 1995
  • Lecturer, Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, Cincinnati, September 15, 1995
  • Lecturer, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, November 17, 1995
  • Lecturer, Ohio Judicial College, Columbus, February 23, 1996
  • Lecturer, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Cincinnati, March 15, 1996
  • Lecturer, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Cleveland, March 22, 1996
  • Lecturer, Ohio CLE Institute, Dayton, September 12, 1996
  • Lecturer, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Middletown, October 26, 1996
  • Lecturer, Ohio CLE Institute, Columbus, December 5, 1996
  • Lecturer, Cincinnati Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Cincinnati, December 13, 1996
  • Lecturer, Potter Stewart Inn of Court, Cincinnati, January 21, 1997
  • Lecturer, Municipal-County Judges Association, Columbus, February 19, 1997
  • Lecturer, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Cleveland, April 24, 1997
  • Lecturer, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Cincinnati, May 9, 1997
  • Lecturer, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Cleveland, May 23, 1997

Past Positions

  • Private Practice of Law, 1979 - 1982
  • Smith & Schnacke and Predecessor Firm (now Part of Thompson, Hine and Flory), Associate, 1973 - 1978
  • U.C. College of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law, 1990 - Present
  • First District Court of Appeals, Judge, 1995 - 2009
  • Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Municipal Court, Judge, 1982 - 1995
  • University of Cincinnati – College of Business, Instructor – Business Law

Education

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
    Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1970
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    Major: Political Science

Articles

Published Works

  • Ohio Driving Under the Influence Law (Co-Author with James M. Looker), Banks-Baldwin Law Publishing Co., 1988, Second Edition, 1990, Third Edition, 1994, Fourth Edition 1995, Fifth Edition 1996
  • A View from the Bench, Cincinnati Bar Association Report, June, 1988
  • DUI Update (Co-Author with James M. Looker), Criminal Law Journal of Ohio, Banks-Baldwin Law Publishing Co. 1989-1992
  • Points of Appellate Practice, Ohio Trial Magazine, August, 1996
  • Ohio Driving Under the Influence Law, (WestGroup, now in its 17th edition)
  • Ohio Appellate Practice, (WestGroup)
  • William Howard Taft: President and Chief Justice, (Jarndyce & Jarndyce Press)
  • The Legal Writer: 30 Rules for the Art of Legal Writing, (Jarndyce & Jarndyce Press), 2002
  • The Legal Writer, 2nd Edition: 40 Rules for the Art of Legal Writing, 2003

Office Information

Address

225 West Court Street Cincinnati, OH 45202

Achievements

Honors

  • Who's Who in American Law, - Present
  • Who's Who in the Midwest, - Present
  • Outstanding Young Men of America,
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities,

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