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Kelli M. Rice

Magistrate Kelli M. Rice


Kelli M. Rice has served as a Magistrate with the Butler County Domestic Relations Court since January 2001.  Prior to becoming a Magistrate, she was in private practice as an Associate and Office Manager for Calhoun, Waddell, Ufholz & Hunt, in Akron, Ohio.  Thereafter, Magistrate Rice was employed as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Summit County Ohio Prosecutor’s Office, assigned as an Administrative Hearing Officer with the Summit County CSEA for over six years.  Magistrate Rice received a BFA from The Ohio State University and a Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Akron, School of Law.

Mark A. DeYoung

Magistrate Mark A. DeYoung   Mark DeYoung became a Magistrate in the Domestic Relations Court on January 4, 2021. Magistrate DeYoung is a native of West Chester, Ohio. He graduated cum laude from Trevecca Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts (1992 BA), double majoring in Religious Studies and Philosophy. Magistrate DeYoung lived in the Nashville area for a decade, where he was a radio morning host and station manager. Magistrate DeYoung then attended Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, receiving Masters of Divinity (2002 M.Div), magna cum laude. After several years of ministry in the Kansas City and Chicago regions, Magistrate DeYoung attended University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor (2013 JD), graduating cum laude. After being admitted to the Ohio Bar in 2013, Magistrate DeYoung was in private practice, primarily in the areas of family law, juvenile law and criminal defense. In 2020, Magistrate DeYoung joined the Child Support Enforcement Agency as a Staff Attorney.

David Kirschsieper

Magistrate David Kirschsieper   David Kirschsieper joined the Domestic Relations Court as a Magistrate on April 24, 2013.  A graduate of Valparaiso University (1985 BS), Magistrate Kirschsieper had successful careers in such varied professions as advertising, travel, and real estate.  Returning to school at age forty-three, he attended Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law.  A member of the top 10 in his graduating class, Magistrate Kirschsieper was awarded his Juris Doctor (JD), magna cum laude, in May 2006 and admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in November 2006.  Following admission to the Ohio Bar, Magistrate Kirschsieper was employed with the Butler County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) as a Staff Attorney and Administrative Hearing Officer.  During his tenure with the CSEA, he appeared in over 10,000 judicial hearings representing the Agency in the Domestic Relations, Juvenile, Probate, and General Division courts as well as the Twelfth District Court of Appeals.

Jennifer A. Coatney

Magistrate Jennifer Coatney   Jennifer Coatney joined the Domestic Relations Court as a Magistrate in December 2020. Magistrate Coatney is a graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and of the University of Toledo College of Law with a Juris Doctorate. Magistrate Coatney was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in 2002. Following her admission to the bar, she began her career in private practice, where she focused on matters of family law and criminal defense. She also served ten years as a Magistrate in Warren County Probate and Juvenile Court. 



“The mission of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division, is to help families transition their lives by reaching compassionate and just resolutions to parenting and property disputes that are consistent with the law.”



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