Hon. Dennis J. Adkins

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Judge since June 6, 2011
Dayton, Ohio
(937) 496-7951
(937) 824-7989

Judge Adkins was appointed to the General Division bench on June 6, 2011. He serves as the Appointments Committee Chair, and serves on the Criminal Practice, Security and Technology Committees. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Dayton in 1982, and his law degree from Salmon P. Chase School of Law in 1986.

From 1986 to 2011, Judge Adkins was in the private practice of law in the Dayton area where he engaged in both criminal and civil litigation. He was a partner in various local law firms, including Altick and Corwin since 1991. Since 1993 he has served as an Acting Judge in Kettering Municipal Court, and has over 15 years combined experience as a special prosecutor in several cities.

Judge Adkins is a member of the American, Ohio, and Dayton Bar Associations, the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association, and has taught continuing legal education seminars for the Dayton Bar Association. He has also been a guest lecturer at local colleges, including the University of Dayton School of Law.

He currently serves on the Dayton Bar Association's Criminal Law Committee, Ohio Judicial Conference Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, and is on the Judicial Advisory Board of the MonDay Community Correctional Institution. Judge Adkins is a member of the Dayton Lawyers Club and the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court.

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1987


  • Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1986
  • University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
    • B.S. - 1982


  • Lecturer, Dayton Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Local Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Moderator, Criminal Law Symposiums
  • Moderator, Judge/Attorney Conference
  • Consultant, Ohio State Public Defender's Office
  • University of Dayton School of Law, Guest Lecturer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dayton Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Kettering Municipal Court, Acting Judge
  • City of Oakwood, Part-Time Prosecutor
  • City of Beavercreek, Part-Time Prosecutor
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 104

Past Employment Positions

  • Altick & Corwin Co., L.P.A, Partner, 1991 - Present
  • Kettering Municipal Court, Acting Judge, 1993 - Present