Judge Robert Jones was appointed to the bench by Governor Mike DeWine in November of 2023. Prior to becoming Lucas County Juvenile Judge, he worked as a magistrate in Lucas County Juvenile Court for over 10 years. Presiding over a variety of case types, he has worked closely with families and children of Lucas County as well as the court’s numerous community partners. Prior to that, Judge Jones worked as a staff attorney and hearing officer for the Lucas County Child Support Enforcement Agency. In that role, he appeared in the Lucas County Juvenile court on a daily basis and further enhanced his understanding of the needs of families and children in Lucas County.
Judge Jones’ legal career began as a prosecutor in the General Division of Lucas County Court of Common Pleas. He quickly transitioned to the Lucas County Juvenile Court and has spent the majority of his legal career in the court where he now sits as Judge.
Judge Jones is a lifelong resident of Lucas County. He attended St. John’s Jesuit High School and graduated from the Ohio State University where he studied history. He obtained his law degree from the University of Toledo – College of Law, where he met his wife Shannon. Judge Jones also has prior experience in the family construction business, including time spent in the field and as legal counsel. He has worked in sales in the telecommunications industry, working with small, family owned businesses. His varied work experience has allowed him to meet and work with various people throughout Lucas County.
Judge Jones is married to his wife of 21 years, Shannon, who is the Director of Advocacy at a legal services organization in Michigan. They have 2 beautiful daughters, Katelyn and Madison Jones. Katelyn is a freshman in college, working towards a degree in athletic training. Madison is an active sophomore at Notre Dame Academy in Toledo where she is a member of the soccer and basketball teams. The Jones family loves to travel and hike in Michigan, Ohio, and Florida for vacation, play and watch sports together as a family, and manage their dogs at home in Sylvania.