Attorney Matthew Byrne has announced his candidacy for Judge on Ohio’s Twelfth District Court of Appeals.
Byrne is seeking the Republican nomination in the March 2020 primary.
Byrne is Of Counsel at Jackson Lewis P.C., where he focuses his legal practice on employment law litigation in state and federal court, at both the trial and appellate levels.
Byrne represents employers in significant litigation matters, including wage and hour class action litigation and cases involving discrimination, employee leave, non-competition, and similar claims.
Byrne was the president of the Federalist Society’s Cincinnati Lawyers Chapter from 2014 to 2019.
The Federalist Society is a national organization “founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.” (https://fedsoc.org/about-us)
“My judicial heroes are Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch. I am a constitutional originalist, and a textualist. I believe that the Constitution and statutes should be interpreted according to their original meaning, which does not change with time. We need judges at all levels of the courts, including in state courts, who believe these things,” says Byrne.
Prior to attending law school, Byrne worked as a Staff Assistant in the Office of Presidential Personnel in President George W. Bush’s White House.
Byrne has served on the advisory board of a pregnancy resource center and the Education Commission for his children’s parochial school.
He was previously a member of the Warren County Republican Party’s Central Committee, and he twice chaired the St. Thomas More Society of Greater Cincinnati’s Red Mass Committee.
He is a member of several bar associations.
Byrne earned his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Xavier University.
Byrne is married to Julie Byrne, a lawyer and the vice-chairman of the Warren County Republican Party.
They have three children and reside in Deerfield Township, Warren County.
The Twelfth District Court of Appeals covers Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Madison, Preble, and Warren Counties.