Judge Matthew W. McFarland
Judge Matthew W. McFarland

Educational background: Wheelersburg High School; Capital University (cum laude); J.D. Capital University Law School (Order of the Barristers); Admitted: State of Ohio, 1992; U.S. District Court, Southern District Court of Ohio, 1993; U.S. Supreme Court, 1996.

Judge McFarland has served as a visiting Judge on the Supreme Court of Ohio and on the 2nd, 5th and 10th District Court of Appeals. The Judge previously served as the Magistrate in Scioto County Common Pleas Court Probate/Juvenile Division, and as Chairman Ohio Association of Magistrates, Juvenile Section. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge McFarland was a Scioto County Assistant Prosecutor and acted as Special Counsel for the Ohio Attorney General. He also was a Licking County Assistant County Prosecutor and had his own private practice.

Judge McFarland is an Adjunct Professor for Shawnee State University, and formerly taught constitutional law at Capital University. Judge McFarland has served on the Wheelersburg Local Board of Education.

Judge McFarland was recognized in 2004 by the Ohio State Bar Foundation with the Outstanding Community Service Award for Lawyers 40 and under. In 2006, he received the Vern Riffe Leadership Award in recognition for outstanding service to Scouting and the community. Judge McFarland was also selected as the Capital University Law School's Young Alumnus of the Year for 2008. This award was created in 2006 for young alumnus who have made significant achievements in the legal occupation and have made notable contributions to the legal profession and the community. He is an Eagle Scout.

The Judge resides in Scioto County with his wife and family.