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Judge Caroline H. Gentry

 Standing Orders (Updated November 15, 2023)

Dayton Office
Walter H. Rice Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse,
Room 902
200 West Second Street
Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 512-1590

Magistrate Judge Gentry grew up in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She is a graduate of Kalamazoo College (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1992) and Yale Law School (J.D. 1995), where she was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. After completing a two-year clerkship with United States District Judge Walter Rice, she entered into private practice as a civil litigator. From 2005 to 2021, she was a litigation partner in the Dayton office of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.

While at Porter Wright, Judge Gentry practiced in the areas of complex commercial litigation, class actions, ERISA litigation, employment law, election law, immigration, telecommunications law and drone law. For many years, she served as the Chair or Co-Chair of Porter Wright’s Class Action Practice Group. Most recently, she served as the Co-Chair of Porter Wright’s Unmanned and Autonomous Systems (UAS) Practice Group. Since 2016, she has taught drone law classes at Sinclair Community College.

In 2011, Judge Gentry received the Lloyd O’Hara Public Interest Law Award from Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. for her work in a federal voting rights case. She has been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers® in the area of Business Litigation and Best Lawyers® in the area of Commercial Litigation. In 2020 and 2021, Ohio Super Lawyers® named Judge Gentry as one of the Top 25 Women Cincinnati Super Lawyers. She is a graduate of Leadership Dayton and was named to the Dayton Business Journal’s Forty Under Forty list.

Judge Gentry has been involved in a variety of professional and community organizations. She currently serves as the President of the Dayton Bar Association and as the Treasurer of Academic Decathlon of Ohio, Inc. She recently served on the Board of Trustees of the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board, and previously served on several other non-profit boards. She is a member of the Dayton Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association and Federal Bar Association, and is a Fellow of the Dayton Bar Foundation, Ohio Bar Foundation and American Bar Foundation.