Joseph P. Kinneary U.S. Courthouse
85 Marconi Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 719-3470
Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Jolson was born in Chicago, Illinois. She received her B.A. degree, summa cum laude with Honors in the Liberal Arts, in 2001 from The Ohio State University. She received her J.D., with Honors, from the University of Texas School of Law in 2006. From 2005 to 2006, Judge Jolson was the Administrative Editor for the Texas Law Review.
In 2006, Judge Jolson began her legal career in private practice and then, in 2008, joined the Appeals Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, where she was a Deputy Solicitor. From 2009 to 2010, Judge Jolson served as a law clerk to now Chief Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and also taught appellate advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. In 2010, Judge Jolson re-entered private practice, engaging in both trial and appellate litigation, and representing numerous individuals pro bono.
Magistrate Judge Jolson is a member of the Columbus and Federal Bar Associations, and was named an Ohio rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2012 – 2016. In addition, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources presented her a distinguished service award for arguing State v. Coburn before the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Judge Jolson was appointed to her first eight-year term as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Ohio on February 10, 2016.