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Magistrate Judge Michael J. Newman

Magistrate Judge Michael R. Merz
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Federal Building, Room 505
200 West Second Street
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: (937) 512-1640


Magistrate Judge Newman was previously a partner in the Cincinnati office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, and practicing in the areas of labor and employment, business litigation and appellate litigation. He chaired the firm’s Labor & Employment Appellate Practice Group, 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 both 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 and co-edited the Bench-Bar Handbook for the Southern District of Ohio.

Magistrate Judge Newman attended the Advanced Mediation Program at Harvard Law School, and frequently served as a mediator while in private practice.

He is a member of the Dayton Bar Association and a Master in Dayton’s Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court. He has taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Dayton School of Law as well as other law schools. He is statewide chair of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Federal Courts & Practice Committee, and serves on the Federal Bar Association’s national Board of Directors.

Magistrate Judge Newman graduated with honors from the Washington College of Law at American University. He served as a law clerk to Sixth Circuit Judge Nathaniel R. Jones, and as a career law clerk to Magistrate Judge Jack Sherman, Jr.

He is involved in a wide array of community activities and the arts. In 2010, he was honored to receive the Federal Bar Association’s Elaine R. ‘Boots’ Fisher national public service award, given annually to one lawyer in the United States for “exemplary community, public and charitable service.”