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
  • National College of Probate Judges, Nominating Committee
  • Ohio Judicial Conference Executive Committee
  • Ohio Judicial Conference Probate Law & Procedure Committee, Co-Chair
  • Toledo Legal Aid Society, Board Member
  • Coalition of Organizations Protecting Elders (COPE), Co-Chair
  • Lucas County Courthouse Preservation Alliance, Board Member




  • 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
  • Lutheran Social Services Foundation, Board Member


  • 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