Judge Lisa L. Sadler has served Franklin County as a judge since 1992 and has a reputation for being fair, trusted, and experienced. As a Franklin County Judge, Judge Sadler is currently the longest-serving elected judge in the county and the only sitting Franklin County Judge to have been elected to The Franklin County Municipal Court, The Franklin County Court of Common Pleas and The Tenth District Court of Appeals.
Judge Sadler brings a wealth of trial litigation and judicial experience to the court of appeals. She is the only woman in Franklin County history to have been elected to our Municipal Court, Common Pleas Court, and Court of Appeals. Since being elected to the Tenth District Court of Appeals in 2002, she continued to serve with distinction. Judge Sadler is currently the Court’s Presiding Judge. She has served three past terms as the Court’s Administrative Judge, and previously served 2 terms as presiding judge. She has the distinction of being selected by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio to sit by assignment as a visiting judge to hear and decide cases on that court, as well as appellate courts throughout the state.
Prior to becoming judge, Judge Sadler gained valuable litigation experience as a lawyer for the City of Columbus, serving as both a civil litigator and a criminal prosecutor. Judge Sadler also served Ohio as deputy chief legal counsel in the Office of the Governor.
Judge Sadler has a proven record of ensuring that courts remain accessible and that all parties receive a fair opportunity to be heard. She renders decisions based on the applicable law and the unique facts of each case. She maintains the appropriate demeanor and temperament and has a record of effectively managing a heavy docket while giving each case the time and attention that it deserves. Because of these judicial qualities, Judge Sadler has received the highest rating of “Highly Recommended” from the Columbus Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee each and every time she has screened. Judge Sadler believes that the role of the judiciary is to interpret and apply the law, not to legislate from the bench.
Judge Sadler is active in the community and as a member of the state and local bar. She is on the Board of Directors of Maryhaven and has been a long time supporter and Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio (BBBS). She has served as a mentor with Project Mentor, a school-based collaboration between BBBS and Columbus City Schools. She also is a member of the Admissions Committee of the Columbus Bar Association and a member of the Women Lawyers of Franklin County (WLFC). Judge Sadler was nominated to the Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure where she served from 2012 to 2017.