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Kelli M. Rice

Magistrate Kelli M. Rice


Kelli M. Rice has served as a Magistrate with the Butler County Domestic Relations Court since January 2001.  Prior to becoming a Magistrate, she was in private practice as an Associate and Office Manager for Calhoun, Waddell, Ufholz & Hunt, in Akron, Ohio.  Thereafter, Magistrate Rice was employed as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Summit County Ohio Prosecutor’s Office, assigned as an Administrative Hearing Officer with the Summit County CSEA for over six years.  Magistrate Rice received a BFA from The Ohio State University and a Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Akron, School of Law.

Harry S. Sudman

Magistrate Harry S. Sudman  

Harry S. Sudman has been a Magistrate with the Domestic Relations Court, with interruption 2009-2010, since 2006.  Magistrate Sudman is a graduate of The Ohio State University (BA, Sociology) and Salmon P. Chase College of Law (JD).  He was admitted to the Ohio Bar in November, 1972.  Magistrate Sudman was a partner in the law firm of Grinker, Sudman & Springer from 1973 through 1985 and then with Schwartz, Manes and Ruby through 2005, serving as Chair of the Litigation Unit for sixteen years.  He practiced as Sudman Law, focusing solely on Family Law, Mediation and Collaborative technique during his absence from this Court in 2010.  Magistrate Sudman is a Charter member of the Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the President of that organization 2005-2006.  His private practice, while mostly focused on family law matters, also included personal injury, criminal, and civil litigation.  He was a host of Law Talk, a talk show on WVXU, where he interviewed guests and responded to inquiries on the air from listeners.

Maria L. McBride

Magistrate Maria L. McBride   Maria L. McBride graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing, from Xavier University with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a concentration in Taxation, and from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School (JD). Magistrate McBride is admitted to practice law in State and Federal Courts in Ohio and Kentucky and has practiced extensively in these courts. Prior to becoming a Magistrate for the Butler County Domestic Relations Court, Magistrate McBride operated a general practice, though she concentrated in the areas of bankruptcy, family law, probate law, corporate and tax law. She also served as a supervisor of the Volunteer Lawyers Program with Pro Seniors, Inc., a non-profit organization providing legal advice to seniors on limited incomes. Magistrate McBride also taught individual taxation courses to paralegal students and evening college students at the University of Cincinnati. Magistrate McBride volunteers her time and services to several non-profit organizations where she serves as Legal Advisor and as a Board Member for these organizations.

David Kirschsieper

Magistrate David Kirschsieper   David Kirschsieper joined the Domestic Relations Court as a Magistrate on April 24, 2013.  A graduate of Valparaiso University (1985 BS), Magistrate Kirschsieper had successful careers in such varied professions as advertising, travel, and real estate.  Returning to school at age forty-three, he attended Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law.  A member of the top 10 in his graduating class, Magistrate Kirschsieper was awarded his Juris Doctor (JD), magna cum laude, in May 2006 and admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in November 2006.  Following admission to the Ohio Bar, Magistrate Kirschsieper was employed with the Butler County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) as a Staff Attorney and Administrative Hearing Officer.  During his tenure with the CSEA, he appeared in over 10,000 judicial hearings representing the Agency in the Domestic Relations, Juvenile, Probate, and General Division courts as well as the Twelfth District Court of Appeals.




“The mission of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division, is to help families transition their lives by reaching compassionate and just resolutions to parenting and property disputes that are consistent with the law.”



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