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Mr. Willis has been happily married to wife Brenda for twenty years and has two school-age children. He is actively involved in his community in southern Ohio, having served on the Portsmouth Little Theatre Board of Governors in the past, and currently serves on the Rotary Club of Portsmouth’s Board of Directors. Mr. Willis has worked with children professionally and civically for well over a decade volunteering routinely at the Portsmouth Area Childrens Theatre and coaching the Portsmouth High School Mock Trial Team. “Family is always the most important thing to me”-Jay S. Willis


Mr. Willis was Magistrate in Scioto County Domestic Court for over a decade until his appointment as Judge by the Governor of the State of Ohio to complete the unexpired term upon the retirement of his predecessor.  Mr. Willis is now an Assistant Prosecutor in the Scioto County Prosecutor's Office


In addition to Mr. Willis’ years of private practice prior to serving as Magistrate and Judge he has hundreds of Continuing Education credit hours from the Ohio Judicial College, and he has written numerous published articles for The Ohio Magistrate’s Association Newsletter.  In his career Jay S. Willis has served as an Assistant Prosecutor, Criminal Defense Attorney, a Personal Injury Plaintiff’s Attorney, a Special Prosecutor, a Guardian ad Litem, a Magistrate and a Judge.


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Practice areas


  1. Juvenile: 30%
    10 years
  2. Divorce: 30%
    20 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
    10 years
  4. Litigation: 10%
    20 years
  5. Appeals: 10%
    10 years



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    A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.


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  • Howard M Lewis

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Willis is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly reccomend his legal services.


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Contact info

Scioto County Prosecutor

612 6th St.
Suite E
Portsmouth, OH, 45662-0316


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerWillis Legal Services, LLC2013 - Present
JudgeScioto County Domestic Relations Court2012 - 2013
MagistrateScioto County Domestic Relations Court1999 - 2012
Managing PartnerJay S. Willis, Attorney at Law1995 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rotary Club of Portsmouth, OhioBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Rotary Club of Portsmouth, OhioN/A2010 - Present
Scioto County Bar AssociationN/A1995 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationN/A1995 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1995 - Present
Ohio Association of MagistratesFormer Board of Trustees2010 - 2012
Ohio Association of MagistratesN/A1999 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Porter v. Porter, 2008 Ohio 5566Affirmed
State v. Spencer, 1998 Ohio App. LEXIS 5369Affirmed
Yost v. Yost, 2003 Ohio 3754Affirmed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Ohio Association of Magistrates NewsletterCan You Hear Me Now?2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Capital University Law SchoolN/ALaw1995
Capital UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New Magistrate OrientationMock Trial for Magistrates2011