Former Judge Rezabek was appointed to serve as Juvenile Court Judge, Montgomery County, in July of 2018. Judge Rezabek served as State Representative for the 43rd District in the Ohio House of Representative from 2015 until his appointment by Governor Kasich to be Juvenile Court Judge. Judge Rezabek was a substitute magistrate for Dayton Municipal Court from 2009-2012 where he conducted full dockets including arraignments, criminal minor misdemeanor trials and civil trials. Judge Rezabek had a successful private practice for over twenty years, which focused on juvenile, custody and family law, as well as criminal defense work.
Judge Rezabek was admitted to the Ohio, New York and Federal Bars in 1998, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015. In 1997, he graduated and received his J.D. from the University of Dayton, School of Law and his B.A. in Psychology and History from the University of Dayton in 1991.
During his more than 20 years of licensed practice, Jeff has been the recipient of a number of awards. They include The Image of Hope Award for Youth Advocacy(2013), the CASA Guardian ad Litem of the Year(2003) award, as well, as the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Appointed Counsel of the Year Award in 2000 and 2009. Jeff also continues to serve the legal community through frequent appearances as a lecturer for Continuing Legal Education seminars including the Juvenile Law Seminar, the requisite Montgomery County Guardian Ad Litem training, and the annual Bench/Bar Conference. Jeff recently presented at the National Sentencing Commissions Annual Conference on Juvenile Sentencing and Future Trends.
While maintaining a successful and thriving law practice, Jeff also served the Montgomery County community through volunteer work with CHOICES, Inc., where he has been appointed as a Chairman, Treasurer and board member. Jeff actively participates in University of Dayton and community service projects, including projects for the Ronald McDonald House, the Special Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, TWIGS and Daybreak. Additionally, he is an active member of the University of Dayton Alumni Association, and has participated as chapter president, chapter council member, and member of the National Alumni Association Board of Directors. Jeff serves on the University Of Dayton School Of Law Alumni Board Of Trustees, where he has been the recipient of the President’s Award(2005) and the Steve Yuhas Special Service Award(2011). Jeff was involved in fundraising in the past to support Erma’s House.
Jeff was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2014 and reelected in 2016. In the 132nd General Assembly, Jeff was the Vice-Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee and sat on the Civil Justice, and Agriculture and Rural Development, Reclaim Advisory Committees. Additionally, was appointed on several Commissions, the Ohio Sentencing Commission, Juvenile Sentencing - Sub-Committee, Interstate Compact for Juveniles, Correctional Institution Inspection Committee. In the 131st General Assembly, Jeff was the Vice-Chair of the Government Accountability and Oversight and sat on Judiciary, Local Government, Agriculture and Rural Development, Finance, and the Joint Legislative Committee on Multi-System Youth, as well as on the Commission, Interstate Compact for Juveniles.
While in office, Judge Rezabek was recognized with an Ohio Public Image Award in 2016, presented by the Ohio Association of County Boards of Serving People with Developmental Disabilities(OACB) and the Ohio Superintendents of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities(OSCB). The award recognized elected officials/community leaders who consistently champion causes for people with developmental disabilities, specially, protecting the rights of individuals and supporting community programs that improve the lives of individuals and families; while supporting public policies that promote inclusion and acceptance.
Additionally, Jeff was recently selected as the Public Children Services Association of Ohio’s 2018 Legislator of the Year. He is honored because of his commitment and leadership for children and families involved in the children services system and for bringing his legislative peers along on so many issues, Jeff is a true champion for children.
In his free time, Jeff has the honor of being godfather to a number of children, with each of whom he continues to maintain close contact. Jeff is a competitive bowler, and has bowled an 800 series and a number of 300 games. Jeff is currently the Assistant Head Coach for the Vandalia Butler High School bowling team who have made consecutive appearances in the State Finals and coached an individual State Champion (2018). Jeff is a devoted UD Flyer fan and can be seen at most home basketball games, cheering for the Flyers.