Hon. Matthew R. Byrne

Judge, Ohio Twelfth District Court of Appeals

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 Judge Matthew R. Byrne was elected to the Ohio Court of Appeals for the Twelfth District in 2020, and his first term began on January 1, 2021. The Twelfth District Court of Appeals hears civil and criminal appeals from the trial courts in eight counties in southwest Ohio.  Judge Byrne is active in the Ohio Judicial Conference and the Ohio Court of Appeals Judges Association.

From January 2010 to December 2020, Judge Byrne practiced law at the national law firm of Jackson Lewis P.C. He was a member of the firm's General Employment Litigation Practice Group and the Wage and Hour Practice Group. From 2007 to 2010 he practiced at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. At both firms, Judge Byrne represented clients ranging from small businesses to international corporations in state and federal trial and appellate litigation, including multiple class and collective actions. He also represented clients in arbitration and before numerous administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. Judge Byrne's litigation and administrative agency experience included matters in fourteen states.

Judge Byrne earned his law degree, cum laude, from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. During law school he was symposium editor of the Ohio State Law Journal and the winner of the Donald S. Teller Memorial Award for student writing contributing most significantly to the Ohio State Law Journal. During law school he clerked for the Acting General Counsel of the United States Department of the Treasury. Judge Byrne earned his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Xavier University, where he majored in International Affairs (Business) and Political Science.

Prior to entering law school Judge Byrne served in President George W. Bush's Administration as a member of the White House staff in the Office of Presidential Personnel, the office responsible for selecting candidates to recommend to the President for appointment or nomination to high-level government positions.

Judge Byrne is a member of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness. He has been a member of the Federalist Society since law school and he served for five years as president of the Federalist Society's Cincinnati Lawyers Chapter. He is a member of a number of other community and civic organizations, including the Ohio State Bar Association and the bar associations of Butler, Clermont, and Warren Counties. Judge Byrne previously was a member of the Advisory Board of Pregnancy Center East. Judge Byrne is a board member of the St. Thomas More Lawyers Guild of Greater Cincinnati and twice served as the Red Mass Committee Chair.

Judge Byrne is an active parishioner at his church, where he is a lector, a former member and president of the Education Commission, and a former member of the Finance and Administration Commission.

Judge Byrne resides in Deerfield Township, Warren County, Ohio with his wife Julie and their three children.


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Panel 3: Emerging Religious Liberty Issues in Ohio

2019 Ohio Lawyers Chapters Conference

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Panel 3: Emerging Religious Liberty Issues in Ohio

2019 Ohio Lawyers Chapters Conference

On April 5, 2019, the Federalist Society's Ohio lawyers chapters hosted the 2019 Ohio Chapters...