Biography of Ron O'Brien
RON O'BRIEN, Franklin County's 50th Prosecuting Attorney, is the former Columbus City Attorney, Columbus City Prosecutor and Franklin County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. Ron O'Brien has over 30 years of governmental law service to the City of Columbus, Franklin County and its citizens.
A lifelong resident of Franklin County, Ron O'Brien graduated from St. Francis DeSales High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Ohio Dominican College and his Juris Doctorate degree from The Ohio State University, cum laude in 1974. In 1972, Ron O'Brien started his legal career in the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, as a legal intern, while a student at The Ohio State University. After graduation from law school, he was appointed as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and later, a Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. In 1978, Ron O'Brien was appointed Columbus City Prosecutor. In 1985, Ron O'Brien was elected Columbus City Attorney, and was re-elected in 1989 and 1993. He was elected to his first term as Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney in 1996, and subsequently re-elected in 2000, 2004, and 2008.
Ron O'Brien served as President of the Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association, chairman of the Municipal Court Committee and a member of the Judiciary Committee of the Columbus Bar Association. Currently, he is a member of the National District Attorneys Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association and the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association.