Andy Douglas




Andy Douglas was born in Toledo, Ohio. He attended the University of Toledo College of Law where he received a Juris Doctor degree in 1959.

Following his graduation, Justice Douglas maintained a private practice with the law firm of Winchester & Douglas as a partner from 1960 through 1980. In 1980, Justice Douglas was elected to the Sixth District Court of Appeals and served there until he was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court in 1984. Justice Douglas was subsequently reelected to two terms with the Ohio Supreme Court and retired as required by the Ohio Constitution in 2002.

The Justice joined Crabbe, Brown & James in 2003. In 2004, he left the firm to become Executive Director of OCSEA, a labor union representing government workers throughout the State of Ohio. Justice Douglas is now a Special Partner with the firm.

Justice Douglas’ many accomplishments include serving as special counsel to the Attorney General of Ohio, as well as serving as an adjunct assistant professor at Ohio Dominican College and the University of Toledo Community and Technical Colleges. He served as a member of the Toledo City Council from 1961 through 1980, and was an instructor for the Ohio Judicial Conference and the Ohio Judicial College. Having been appointed by the Chief Justice, he sat as a trial judge in the Sixth District from 1982 through 1983. Justice Douglas is also a veteran, having served in both the infantry and the signal corps of the United States Army with the rank of First Lieutenant.

Justice Douglas’ memberships include the Toledo, Lucas County, Columbus, and Ohio State Bar Associations, the American Judicature Society, the National Political Science Honor Society, the Toledo University Alumni Association, University of Toledo Law Alumni, Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity, Trustee of the North Toledo Oldtimers’ Football Association, and the Old Newsboys Goodfellow Association.


Professional Experience

Crabbe, Brown & James – Partner
Plan for Settlement of Jurisdictional Disputes in the Construction Industry – National Arbitrator
Ohio Civil Service Employees Association – Executive Director

Crabbe, Brown & James – Partner
Supreme Court of Ohio – Justice
Sixth District Court of Appeals – Judge
Winchester & Douglas – Partner
Toledo City Council – Council Member
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Professional Accomplishments

Ohio Judicial Conference – Former Lecturer: Capital Offense Cases
Ohio Dominican College – Former Adjunct Assistant Professor: U.S. Constitutional Law; Social Issues and the Law; Judicial Process
University of Toledo Community & Technical College – Former Adjunct Assistant Professor: Business Organizations and Fundamentals of Consumer Law
Ohio Attorney General – Former Special Counsel

Awards & Honors

Appreciation Award – Ohio AFL-CIO
Appreciation Award – Ohio Association of Public School Employees
Lifetime Achievement Award – Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers

Judicial Service Award – Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association
Presidential Honors Award – Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, Inc.
Appreciation Award – Ohio Association of Court Referees & Magistrates
Outstanding Service Award – Ohio Public Employees Lawyers Association
Distinguished Alumnus Award – The University of Toledo College of Law
Equal Rights Award – Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
First Amendment Award – Central Ohio Chapter Society of Professional Journalists
Appreciation Award – Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters
Best Supporter of Freedom of Information Award – Columbus Monthly Magazine
Distinguished Merit Award – Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity
The University of Toledo Gold “T” Award
Hall of Fame – Woodward High School (Toledo, Ohio)
One of 10 Outstanding Young Men of Toledo
Outstanding Young Elected Official in Tri-State Area
One of the Outstanding Young Men of America – United States Junior Chamber of Commerce
One of 10 Outstanding Young Men of Toledo
One of 10 Outstanding Young Men of Toledo
One of 10 Outstanding Young Men of Toledo
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Bar Admissions

State of Ohio
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio


University of Toledo – College of Law, J.D., 1960

Additional Highlights

Military Service:
2 years in the U.S. Army Infantry & Signal Corps.
1st Lieutenant U.S. Army Signal Corps.

Over 900 published judicial opinions (majority opinions, concurrences and dissents)

“Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector with Emphasis on Ohio Public Sector Collective Bargaining” 18 University of Toledo Law Review

“Survey of Ohio Case Law” Ohio Northern Law Review (several years)