Judge David Fish serves as the Presiding and Administrative Judge of the Barberton Municipal Court. In this capacity, Judge Fish oversees the operations of the court in addition to handling his regular docket. Judge Fish also developed and presides over the Barberton Municipal Mental Health Court, the first specialized docket of the Barberton Municipal Court. This specialized court provides for increased supervision and treatment for offenders with mental illness.
Judge David Fish was elected Judge of the Barberton Municipal Court in November 2007. He previously served 16 years as Criminal Prosecutor for Green, Copley, Barberton, Norton, Coventry, New Franklin and Clinton in the Barberton Municipal Court. Judge Fish also served 15 years as Criminal Prosecutor for Norton in Norton Mayor’s Court. Judge Fish taught as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Akron, teaching “Criminal Evidence and Legal Process” from 2001-2007.
Judge Fish was a founding member of The Summit County Domestic Violence Coalition, serving as its president from 2005-2008. He is a member and Foundation Fellow of the Akron Bar Association. Judge Fish received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, double majoring in Political Science and Public Policy. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1984 from the University of Akron School of Law. He was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Ohio in 1984.