Judge KneppToledo – Lucas County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Knepp announced today she has filed petitions to retain her seat. Judge Knepp was first appointed to the position in June of 2022 by Governor Mike DeWine following the retirement of Judge Connie Zemmelman.

Judge Knepp’s campaign will highlight her extensive experience protecting Lucas County youth throughout her legal career and promoting the critical work the Lucas County Juvenile court is engaged in today. Judge Linda Knepp is exploring opportunities to provide at-risk youth ready to enter the workforce with the necessary skills to succeed. Judge Knepp says, “As a juvenile court judge and as a mother, I feel an obligation to help guide our youth towards a brighter future. Oftentimes, these kids don’t have a mentor or positive role model to show them what’s really out there. Introducing job skills and redirecting their energy towards positive outlets will be providing them the future they want while building a better future for Lucas County.”

Prior to her time as a judge, Judge Knepp’s legal experience includes serving as Magistrate with the Lucas County Probate Court and spending the first 19 years of her legal career with the Lucas County Child Support Enforcement Agency, as both a trial attorney and administrative hearing officer. She has also served as an Assistant Lucas County Prosecuting Attorney in the Juvenile Division.

Judge Knepp received her law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law and her undergraduate degree from Wayne State University.

Judge Knepp is a member of the University of Toledo Law Alumni Board and the Davis College Foundation Board. Additionally, she is a member of the St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Toledo.

Judge Knepp is married to Judge James Knepp of the United States District Court, and they have two children.