Piqua law director seeks to become next common pleas court judge

By Will Sanders

February 16, 2014

Staff report

PIQUA — Citing her experience, ability and leadership as qualifications, Piqua Law Director Stacy Wall filed the necessary paperwork to seek the judgeship of Miami County Common Pleas Court to succeed Judge Robert Lindeman, who will retire at the end of his term in February 2015.

Wall, a Republican, is vying for the position in the May 6 primary election.

A Tipp City resident, the active mother of three is seeking the judgeship because “my experience in a lot of ways parallels the judicial position.”

“I practice so many areas of law — contract law, administrative, real estate, employment, criminal, which is the broad scope of what the bench entails,” Wall said. “My job keeps me current in multiple fields, as well as teaching me to be able to manage a heavy and demanding case load.”

She added: “I lead and serve in the community in addition to my work, which will only continue by being able to serve the citizens of Miami County.”

Regarding her qualifications, Wall said she has a wealth of experience, which started at the beginning of her career as an assistance law director and prosecutor, and being involved in the civil and criminal practice of law.

On a yearly basis, Wall prosecutors more than 1,000 combined felony and misdemeanor criminal cases and an additional 700 or more traffic cases, as well as handling appeals on administrative decisions, filing nuisance actions and various other issues.

“As law director and prosecutor for the past seven years I have the fortunate experience of being involved in many types of law on a daily basis while I advise, negotiate, write opinions and mediate, including just wrapping up the negotiations of seven union contracts,” Wall said.

Wall said she has the ability to lead and serve the public and has done so as the president-elect of the Piqua Rotary Club, the Miami County Board of YMCA, the Piqua United Way and chair of the Tipp City Planning Board.

“Being judge of the court of common pleas aligns with my experience, management and leadership, being involved in many different areas of the law and utilizing all my skills.”

She currently serves on the Miami Valley Risk Management Association to monitor all property and liability claims, as well as being the chair of the Risk Management Committee and participates in a law director’s round table. In addition, she also serves as legal adviser to the Western Ohio TV Consortium and as public information officer for the city of Piqua.

Prior to assuming her current position in Piqua, Wall was involved in advising the Cincinnati City Council following the riots, being selected to participate and advise on a new project of managed competition, writing briefs and filing appeals on the challenges involving residency and facing home rule challenges by the city of Dayton on a statewide issue.

A native of Dover, Wall graduated with distinction from Ohio Northern University with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and political science and also graduated in the top 25 percent of her class at ONU Law School.

Among her professional affiliations are the Ohio Public Employment Labor Relations Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Miami County Bar Association and Miami County Domestic Violence Task Force. She has represented the YMCA in Washington, D.C., for Pioneering Healthier Communities, an initiative to fight childhood obesity, and also serves as an Ohio Supreme Court mentor to new lawyers and as a member of the Miami County Women’s Republican Club.

She and her husband, Richard, a tax manager, are the parents of three children, Ryan, 13; Kayla, 11; and Samantha, 7.