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Watson, Michael H.

Born 1956 in Akron, OH

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Nominated by George W. Bush on April 6, 2004, to a seat vacated by James L. Graham. Confirmed by the Senate on September 7, 2004, and received commission on September 10, 2004.

Ohio State University, B.A., 1983
Capital University Law School, J.D., 1987

Professional Career:

U.S. Air Force, 1975-1978
Ohio Air National Guard, 1978-1984
Bailiff and law clerk, Franklin County [Ohio] Court of Common Pleas, 1983-1988
Private practice, Ohio, 1988-1991
Chief legal counsel, Ohio Department of Commerce, 1991-1992
Counsel, Gov. George Voinovich, Ohio, 1992-1995; deputy chief legal counsel, 1992-1994; chief legal counsel, 1994-1995
Judge, Franklin County [Ohio] Court of Common Pleas, 1996-2003
Judge, Court of Appeals of Ohio, Tenth Appellate District, 2003-2004
Member, Judicial Conference of the United States, 2020-present