Hon. Ronald P. Forsthoefel, Judge


Judge Forsthoefel has had the pleasure of serving as judge since February 9, 2011.† He is a 1983 graduate of the Pettit College of Law, Ohio Northern University, graduating in the top 10% of his class.† While in law school, Judge Forsthoefel was awarded four Ohio Jurisprudence book awards for attaining the highest class score (Real Property, Torts, Commercial Paper, and Labor Law), was a two-year member of Law Review, and participated in two national moot court competitions.† Judge Forsthoefel, while in law school, also received the Phi Alpha Delta Award for Scholastic achievement, and was bestowed with membership in the Phi Kappa Phi† National Honor Society.†† Judge Forsthoefel is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court in both the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, and all Ohio courts.† He has previously served as an assistant county prosecuting attorney in Dayton, Ohio, a private practitioner in both Loudonville and Ashland, Ohio, a municipal attorney† and prosecutor for 12 years, a common pleas court magistrate for six-plus years, a municipal court magistrate, and has over 38 years of legal and judicial experience.†


Judge Forsthoefel, when serving as a magistrate and advisor to the Ashland County Law Library, computerized the Ashland County† law library and negotiated the first county-wide LEXIS on-line research contract for all members of the Ashland County Bar Association.† That LEXIS service remains in effect today.† As chairperson of the Ashland County Law Library Resources Board, he conceptualized and initiated the law library facilities renovation process† just prior to taking the bench (with much of the credit and recognition for the† end result to be given former law librarian Vicki Schramm, Maint. Supt. Dennis Harris and Law Library Resources Board Member, Attorney Bob DeSanto).


Judge Forsthoefel also wrote the Supreme Court grant† (when Magistrate) that initiated the Courtís mediation services, created the first website for the Court, and as judge, has been a leader in judicial incorporation of new technology and paperless processes in the management and operation of a Court.† Judge Forsthoefel has presented a number of times at the annual Ohio Judicial Conference Court Technology Conference.† Judge Forsthoefel serves on both the Court Administration Committee and Court Technology Committee (multiple-year Co-Chair) of the Ohio Judicial Conference.† Judge Forsthoefel has presented educational training to many Ohio Judges and Magistrates on various technology topics.


Judge Forsthoefel has been committed to Ashland County, having resided here more than 36 years.† He has served on numerous Public Boards, including United Way, Appleseed Community Mental Health, and The Ashland County Board of DD (including president).


The Judge is a former USSF and High School Soccer Referee and Referee Instructor (now retired), while still remaining active with biking, hiking, fishing and skiing.† Judge Forsthoefel and his wife Deb have two adult sons, both of whom have served with the United States Marine Corps Reserve, and each with active-duty service in Iraq or Afghanistan, and he is a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Loudonville, formerly serving as a musician and member of parish counsel, with continuing involvement with the church choir.


Telephone: (419) 282-4291

Email:† staff@ashlandcommonpleas.com

Magistrate Mark C. Heydinger


Magistrate Heydinger is a graduate of The Ohio State University and the University of Toledo, College of Law.† He has been a member of the Ohio Bar since 1983.† Magistrate Heydinger has experience in both the public and private sectors, previously serving as an Ashland Municipal Court Magistrate, Assistant Ashland County Prosecutor, counsel for the Wayne County Children Services Board, house counsel for the National Latex Products Company, and as an attorney in private practice.† Magistrate Heydinger, who is admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, is a member of the Ohio State and Ashland County Bar Associations.† A United States Army veteran, Magistrate Heydinger is a former Chairman of the Ashland County Board of DDD and a graduate of Leadership Ashland.† Magistrate Heydinger is the Courtís Senior Magistrate, and is primarily responsible for† all Domestic Relations Division cases.


Telephone:† (419) 282-4290

Email: staff@ashlandcommonpleas.com


Magistrate Paul T. Lange


Magistrate Lange will serve as a Magistrate primarily for the General Division of the Court.†† Prior to joining the courtís staff, Mr. Lange served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Ashland County Prosecutorís Office for nearly ten years, and most recently, worked with† the Medina County Prosecutorís Office.†† Originally from Iowa, Mr. Lange graduated from the University Of Iowa College Of Law.†


Telephone:† (419) 282-4292

Email:† staff@ashlandcommonpleas.com

Tina Carpenter, C.C.M. (Certified Court Administrator) - Court Administrator

Telephone: (419) 282-4291

Email: tinac@ashlandcommonpleas.com


Heather Adkins - Judicial Assistant - Domestic Relations / CPOís

Telephone: (419) 282-4290

Email: hadkins@ashlandcommonpleas.com


Molly Bernard - Judicial Assistant -† JURY (Petit & Grand)

Telephone: (419) 282-4282

Email: mollyb@ashlandcommonpleas.com


Alyssa Brown - Judicial Assistant - All Criminal Case Matters

Telephone: (419) 282-4268

Email: abrown@ashlandcommonpleas.com


Brianne Wires - Judicial Assistant - All Civil Actions / Foreclosures / Mediation

Telephone: (419) 282-4292

Email: bwires@ashlandcommonpleas.com


Jeff Shipper - Bailiff

Telephone: (419) 282-4345

Email: cr1bailiff@ashlandcommonpleas.com


Joel Icenhour - Bailiff

Telephone: (419) 282-4345

Email: cr1bailiff@ashlandcommonpleas.com


James Benshoff - Bailiff

Telephone: (419) 282-4345

Email: cr1bailiff@ashlandcommonpleas.com


Tim Shreffler - Bailiff

Telephone: (419) 282-4345

Email: cr1bailiff@ashlandcommonpleas.com


Walt Harrop - Staff Mediator

Telephone: (419) 282-4265

Email: wharrop@ashlandcommonpleas.com



Tami L. Barker

Telephone: (419) 681-0487

Email: tamilbarker@yahoo.com