Hon. Michael J. Newman is a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of Ohio, appointed in July 2011. He graduated with honors from the Washington College of Law at American University, and attended the Advanced Mediation Program at Harvard Law School. He was a law clerk on the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (to Judge Nathaniel R. Jones) and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (to Judge Jack Sherman, Jr.). Prior to taking the bench, he was a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl in Cincinnati where he chaired the firm’s Labor & Employment Appellate Practice Group. He practiced in the areas of labor and employment, business litigation, ERISA litigation, and appellate litigation, and represented a wide range of clients - from individuals to Fortune 500 companies. He was also extensively involved in pro bono work, and created and ran Dinsmore’s pro bono appellate program in the Sixth Circuit. While in private practice, he was named a Leading Lawyer, an Ohio Super Lawyer, and one of the Best Lawyers in America in Labor & Employment Law.
Judge Newman 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 the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the American Bar Foundation, the Dayton Bar Association Foundation, and the Federal Bar Association Foundation (Life Fellow). He has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law 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.
Judge Newman’s extensive bar service includes terms on the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Board of Trustees, chair of the Dayton Bar Association’s Federal Practice Committee, and chair of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Federal Courts & Practice Committee responsible for the Bench-Bar Conference for the Northern & Southern Districts of Ohio. For the Federal Bar Association, he was president of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky and Dayton chapters, a Sixth Circuit Vice President, and served on the national Board of Directors. Under his leadership, Dayton was named a Chapter of the Year. He was elected to serve as the FBA’s national president in 2016-17; his Civics and Service to Others initiative resulted in thousands of young people from all across the country meeting with federal judges to learn about civics and the Third Branch of government. This civics work continues; Judge Newman was named the FBA’s first Judicial Ambassador for Civics, and Chief Judge Cole appointed Judge Newman and Judge Curtis Collier (E.D. Tenn.) as co-chairs of the Sixth Circuit’s Civics and Outreach Committee, You, Your Courts, Your Democracy.
While FBA president, Judge Newman created two national committees: the Access to Justice Task Force and the Special Committee on Diversity. His commitment to diversity and inclusion is longstanding, and he serves on the statewide board of directors of the Law & Leadership Institute, which encourages minority high school students to attend college and law school. He helped lead the effort to start the Greater Dayton Area Diversity & Inclusion Legal Roundtable. Locally, he serves on the board of the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project and presides over the first Federal Veteran’s Treatment Court in the Southern District of Ohio, which he started.
Judge Newman has been recognized by the Federal Magistrate Judges Association for “valuable and dedicated service to all Magistrate Judges,” and was honored to receive the Boots Fisher National Public Service Award given annually to one lawyer in the United States for “exemplary community, public and charitable service.” He also received the Federal Bar Association’s President’s Award for “leadership [as well as] extraordinary service, and guidance.”
Judge Newman and his wife, Rachel, are the proud parents of 12-year-old triplet daughters in elementary school.