Judge David Branstool


  • Licking County Common Pleas Court, General Division

  • 1 Courthhouse Square
  • Newark, OH 43055
  • Phone: (740) 670-5770
  • Fax: (740) 670-5887
  • Email Judge David Branstool: dbranstool@lcounty.com
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Licking County Courthouse

20 South 2nd Street, Newark, OH 43055, USA

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About Judge David Branstool

Judge David Branstool currently serves as a Judge of the Licking County Common Pleas Court, General Division.  He was elected to the Licking County Common Pleas Court in 2010 and 2012.  Previously, he served as a Judge on the Licking County Municipal Court from 2003 to 2010.

While on the Municipal Court, Judge Branstool started Licking County’s first specialized court docket known as the LIFT Program to better supervise offenders dealing with mental health issues.  In November 2010, he received the Special Community Contribution Award from the Community Mental Health and Recovery Board of Licking and Knox Counties for his contribution to the LIFT Program.

In March 2011, Judge Branstool started a Drug Court program in Common Pleas Court for offenders struggling with substance abuse issues.

Judge Branstool has served as an instructor for the Ohio Judicial College, and various bar associations.  He is a member of the Licking County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  He serves on the Jury Service and Criminal Law and Procedure Committee of the Ohio Judicial Conference.

Prior to assuming the bench, Judge Branstool practiced law in Central Ohio for nearly ten years.  He was born and raised in Utica, Ohio, and graduated from Utica High School in 1985.  He received his undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University in 1989 and his law degree from Capital University in 1994.  During law school, he served as a member of the Law Review (1992-1993) and earned the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law (1992).