Judge Robert G. Hanseman is one of two new judges welcomed by the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division, as he took his oath of office on April 7th. One day later, Judge Kimberly A. Melnick also joined the court. Both were appointed in March by Governor Mike DeWine to fill vacant positions on the court left by retired judges. They assumed their duties on April 11th.
Judge Hanseman was sworn into office in a ceremony at the Montgomery County Courts Building that was attended by family, friends, elected officials, and other Montgomery County judges. Judge Denise L. Cross, presiding judge of the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, presided over the ceremony.
Judge Hanseman becomes the 51st judge to serve on the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division, as he fills the seat of Hon. Gregory F. Singer who retired on December 31, 2021.
Judge Mary Katherine Huffman of the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division, delivered the oath of office, followed by remarks by Judge Hanseman. The ceremony also included remarks by James A. Dyer of Sebaly Shillto + Dyer and local attorney Ronald J. Kozar. The Rev. Dr. George McConnell (Ret.) of the Westminster Presbyterian Church gave an invocation.
At the time of his appointment, Judge Hanseman was a shareholder in the law firm of Sebaly Shillito + Dyer where he concentrated in business litigation, creditor’s rights and government contracting. Judge Hanseman previously served as Judge Advocate General in the United States Air Force. He received his B.A. from The Ohio State University in journalism and political science and his J.D. from George Washington University.
Judge Hanseman has served as trustee of the Centerville Washington Foundation and as trustee of the Washington-Centerville Library. He and his wife, Leah, have three daughters.