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Magistrate Judge Michael J. Newman


Standing Orders

Federal Building, Room 505
200 West Second Street
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: (937) 512-1640
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Magistrate Judge Michael Newman, appointed in 2011, was previously a partner in the Cincinnati office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, where he represented both plaintiffs and defendants, and practiced in the areas of labor and employment, business litigation and appellate litigation.  He chaired the firm’s Labor & Employment Appellate Practice Group, created and ran the firm’s pro bono appellate program in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and served on the firm’s Diversity Committee. He was named a “Leading Lawyer,” an “Ohio Super Lawyer” and one of the “Best Lawyers in America in Labor & Employment Law.”

He co-authored a monthly column on labor and employment law for The Federal Lawyer magazine (TFL) and co-edited the Bench-Bar Handbook for the Southern District of Ohio.  He serves on the editorial board of both TFL and the Federal Courts Law Review, and was the Judicial Profiles Editor of TFL for more than ten years. He chaired the Federal Bar Association’s national Magistrate Judge Task Force, and was recognized thereafter by the Federal Magistrate Judges Association for “valuable and dedicated service to all Magistrate Judges.”  In 2014, the FBA presented him with a President’s Award for “leadership [and] extraordinary service, commitment and guidance.”   

Judge Newman attended the Advanced Mediation Program at Harvard Law School and is frequently called upon to mediate complex federal disputes.  He was a mediator and arbitrator while in private practice.

He is a Master in Dayton’s Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court and Cincinnati’s Potter Stewart Inn of Court, and was named a Fellow by both the Dayton Bar Association Foundation and the Federal Bar Association Foundation.  He has taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Dayton School of Law, the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and the Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.  He served as statewide chair of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Federal Courts & Practice Committee, on the Cincinnati Bar Association Board of Trustees, and chaired the Dayton Bar Association’s Federal Practice Committee.  He co-chaired the DBA’s 20th Annual Bench-Bar Conference and Bench-Bar Media Forum, and chaired the Sixth Biennial Federal Bench-Bar Conference for the Northern & Southern Districts of Ohio.  His Federal Bar Association volunteer efforts are extensive, and include service as president of both the Cincinnati and Dayton chapters, as a Sixth Circuit Vice President, and election to the national Board of Directors.  During his tenure, Dayton was named a Chapter of the Year and received the Shaw Public Service Award for outreach to younger lawyersHe will be the FBA’s national president in 2016-17.

Judge Newman is a mentor to many and is known for his diversity and inclusion efforts.  He has been recognized by the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati (BLAC) and the Summer Work Experience in Law program (SWEL), and sits on the statewide board of directors for the Law & Leadership Institute (LLI).  He was a mentor in the Supreme Court of Ohio’s mentoring program.  In 2014, he chaired the national essay contest, What a Fair and Impartial Federal Judiciary Means to Me and to the United States, sponsored by the Federal Bar Association and the Federal Judges Association.

Judge Newman is involved in a wide array of community activities and access-to-justice efforts.  In 2010, he was honored to receive the Boots Fisher Public Service Award, given annually to one lawyer in the United States for “exemplary community, public and charitable service.”  Such involvement continues; in 2014, he was instrumental in creating a lawyer referral program for military personnel at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  He now presides over the first Federal Veterans Court in the Southern District of Ohio and is active in Re-Entry Court and the Restored Citizens Project, two Federal Court efforts designed to help formerly incarcerated individuals successfully return to society.

Judge Newman graduated with honors from the Washington College of Law at American University, and attended New York University as an undergraduate.