Judge Jack R. Puffenberger
Presiding Administrative Judge of
Lucas County Probate Court

Lucas County Probate Court
Lucas County Court House
700 Adams Street, Suite 200
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Phone # (419) 213-4775
Fax # (419) 213-4764



Judge Jack R. Puffenberger


* University of Toledo College of Law
* Youngstown State University
* Kent State University
* Port Clinton High School
Juris Doctor Degree, 1978
Masters of Science Degree, 1975
Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1973
Dean's List, 1973
Diploma, 1969

Professional Service



  • Presiding Judge, Lucas County Probate Court
  • Presiding Judge, Lucas County Common Pleas Court
  • Ohio Judicial Conference Executive Committee
  • Ohio Judicial Conference Probate Law & Procedure Committee, Co-Chair
  • Toledo Legal Aid Society, President of the Board of Trustees




  • Judge, Toledo Municipal Court
  • American Judges Association Board of Governors
  • American Judges Association, Chair, Probate and Elder Law Committee
  • National College of Probate Judges, Executive Committee
  • The Supreme Court of Ohio Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline
  • Ohio Probate Judges Association, President
  • Ohio Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Technology and the Courts
  • Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Rules of Practice & Procedure
  • Toledo Bar Association – Nominating Committee
  • Attorney, General Practice of Law

Assistant Director of Law, City of Toledo, Toledo Municipal Court Prosecutor 

Professional Societies

Ohio State Bar Association
Toledo Women's Bar Association

Toledo Bar Association
Lucas County Bar Association-
(Executive Committee)

Social, Service and Civic Associations

  • Hope Lutheran Church
  • Comprehensive Addiction Services Systems (COMPASS) Former Board Member
  • Toledo Museum of Art
  • Toledo Zoological Society
  • Old Newsboys Goodfellow Association – Life Member and Scholarship Committee Member
  • Greater Beneficial Union (GBU)
  • International Institute of Greater Toledo, Inc. – Former Board Member
  • Citizens for Metroparks
  • Toledo Botanical Gardens
  • Lutheran Social Services – Former Board Member
  • Kent State University Alumni Association – Former Member of the National Board of Directors
  • University of Toledo Alumni Association – Law Alumni Executive Committee
  • Scholarship Fund, Inc. – Board Member, President


  • Public Official of the Year, National Association of Social Workers, Ohio Chapter
  • Ohio Probate Judges Association Meritorious Service Award
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Legal Academic Achievement in the field of Constitutional Law
  • St. James Lutheran Church, three times Past President of Church Council
  • Guest Lecturer, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Guest Lecturer, Ohio Municipal Judges Association
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Toledo
  • Guest Lecturer, Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Guest Lecturer, Stark County Bar Association
  • Guest Lecturer, Franklin County Bar Association
  • Guest Lecturer, Greene County Bar Association
  • Guest Lecturer, Dayton Bar Association
  • Recipient of numerous Certificates of Attainment from the Ohio Judicial College
  • Recipient of First Community Award, Lucas County Committee for Children
  • Recipient of the Eleanor M. Kahle Award, TRIAD Council of Northwest Ohio
  • Recipient of Lucas County Children Services Resolution for Assistance in winning a National Adoption Excellence Award
  • Recipient of University of Toledo Department of Health and Recreation Services Distinguished Service Award
  • Recipient of Lucas County Board of Developmental Disability Advocacy Commendation