Stephen McIntosh

Judge McIntosh is a 1983 graduate of the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. While attending the College of Law, he was President of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) He received the Judge Joseph Harter Trial Advocacy Award upon graduation. His team won best brief at the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Regional Competition.

In 1984 Judge McIntosh began employment with the Columbus City Attorney’s Office as an assistant city prosecutor. In 1986, he was appointed Deputy Director of the UCC Div. of Secretary of State Sherrod Brown. In January of 1990, he was hired an associate with Crabbe, Brown, Jones, Potts and Schmidt, (now Crabbe Brown and James). Columbus City Attorney Janet E. Jackson in February 1997 appointed Judge McIntosh Chief Prosecutor for her Prosecutor’s Division, a position he held until January of 2007 when he assumed the bench.

Judge McIntosh is currently the Administrative Judge of the Court of Common Pleas and serves as its Drug Court judge in the TIES program. (Treatment is Essential to Success).

Judge McIntosh is a past president of the Columbus Bar Association. He is a member of the John Mercer Langston Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association where he served on the Board of Governors and currently serves on the Council of Delegates.

As a member of the CBA he has served on the Columbus Bar Association’s Racial Profiling Task Force, Domestic Violence Task Force and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.

Judge McIntosh currently serves as Chair of the Judicial College, served as chair of the Supreme Court Task Force to Examine Improvements to the Ohio Grand Jury System. He previously served on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Dispute Resolution, the CLE Commission, the Subcommittee on Responding to Child Abuse, Neglect and Dependency, the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Interpreter Services and the co-chair of the Joint Task Force to Study the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty. He currently serves on the Ohio Sentencing Commission.

He has been recognized by Columbus Monthly Magazine and Who’s Who Among African Americans in Central Ohio.

He served as a member of the United Way’s Race Relation Vision Council, former board chair with Alvis, Inc, and served as legal advisor for the Marion Franklin High School Mock Trial team for 15 years. His is a member of the board of the Gahanna Y.

In 2001 Judge McIntosh was appointed Special Prosecutor for the City of Cincinnati in the case of City of Cincinnati v. Stephen Roach. This case involved the shooting of a young African American male, which sparked days of rioting within the City of Cincinnati.

Judge McIntosh was born in Columbia, South Carolina. He attended South Carolina State University, in Orangeburg South Carolina. He has been married 36 years to Dr. Sara A. McIntosh. They have three adult children.  He serves as a Deacon at the Second Baptist Church.