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Judge Joy Malek Oldfield holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminology from John Carroll University, and a Juris Doctorate from The University of Akron School of Law.

She started her legal career with Scanlon & Gearinger Co., LPA, and then as a partner at Hill Hardman Oldfield, LLC, where she practiced in the area of complex civil litigation and appeals. Judge Oldfield represented clients in state and federal courts throughout Ohio, as well as before the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Supreme Court of the United States. She also served as a Magistrate to the Honorable Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer in the Summit County Common Pleas Court. Judge Oldfield was elected to the Akron Municipal Court in 2011 where she served as the Administrative/Presiding Judge from 2014-2016; and, served as the Presiding Judge of the Akron Municipal Drug Court, now known as the Akron Municipal Recovery Court, from 2013-2016.

In 2016, Judge Oldfield was elected to the General Division of the Summit County Common Pleas Court. She was immediately selected to serve as the Presiding Judge of the Felony Drug Court, the Turning Point Program.

Organizations throughout Ohio have recognized Judge Oldfield for her leadership abilities. In 2007, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Association for Justice, the state’s largest victim’s rights advocacy group. In 2008, the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce recognized her as one of its “30 for the Future,” an award honoring young professionals whose stellar contributions impact their industries and the Greater Akron region. In 2007, 2010 and 2011, she was named an Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star by Cincinnati Magazine.

Judge Oldfield is an active member of the community and has served the local bar for more than fifteen years. She is a Fellow of the Akron Bar Foundation, a member of the Summit County Criminal Justice Advisory Board and the Oriana House Advisory Committee, an Advisory Member of the Women’s Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, and an original member of the Summit County Opiate Task Force. Judge Oldfield also finds time to volunteer for many local organizations, including The Christ Child Society of Akron.

A resident of Akron, Judge Oldfield is married and has three daughters.


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