Sandusky County Judge

Judge John P. Kolesar

Judge John P. Kolesar


University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio - JD - 1994
Member of Law Review

Drexel University,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - BS - 1988
Earned Varsity Letters in Cross Country and Track

Previous Positions:

Assistant County Prosecutor for Sandusky County 2001 through 2009
Assistant County Prosecutor for Seneca County 1999-2001
Assistant County Public Defender for Seneca County 1997-1999
Private Practice as Attorney in Dayton, Ohio 1995-1997

Bar Admissions:

Connecticut – November 1994 
New York  – May 1995
Ohio – November 1995 
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio – 1995
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit – 1996
United States Supreme Court – 2007

Professional Accomplishments

Argued and briefed case in Ohio Supreme Court resulting in reversal of appellate court
Appealed adverse ruling to Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals resulting in reversal
Tried more than 40 criminal cases to jury verdict as prosecutor
Prosecuted murder case through jury trial as solo prosecutor resulting in conviction
Prosecuted capital murder case as co-counsel to three-judge panel
Argued and briefed civil case in United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Tried more than 10 criminal cases to jury verdict as defense attorney

Community Activites:

American Red Cross, Sandusky River Chapter Board of Directors
Sandusky County Council for Person with Mental Retardation
President of Board of Trustees 
Fremont Elite Runners Club Member


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