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Judge Peter C. Economus

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Joseph P. Kinneary U.S. Courthouse
85 Marconi Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 719-3450

The Honorable Peter C. Economus was appointed United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio on July 3, 1995.  Prior to being named to the Federal Bench, Judge Economus served on the Court of Common Pleas of Mahoning County from 1982 to 1995.  Judge Economus assumed senior status on July 3, 2009 and is currently a visiting District Judge in the Southern District of Ohio.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Judge Economus received his bachelor's degree from Youngstown State University in 1967 and his juris doctor degree from Akron Law School in 1970.  After law school, Judge Economus became a staff attorney with the Mahoning County Legal Assistance Association, assisting indigent clients.  In 1972, he joined the family law firm of Economus, Economus, and Economus, which specialized in civil and criminal litigation.  Judge Economus also served as an arbitrator, Expedited Arbitration Procedures, from 1972 to 1982.

While serving on the Common Pleas Court, Judge Economus was selected by the Supreme Court of Ohio to serve as a mentor for new judges, and was appointed by the Ohio Attorney General to serve on the Ohio State Victims’ Advisory Board.  He is also a recipient of the University of Akron Law Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Award, the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association’s Golden Gavel Award, the Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center’s Great Communicator Award for community service, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. 

Judge Economus and his father, who immigrated to America in 1916, were featured in a segment of "Gasoline Alley," a nationally syndicated comic strip.  The theme of the comic emphasized the spirit of America and the naturalization process that we all hold dear.  Judge Economus and his wife, Marie, have three daughters and three granddaughters.