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J. Craig Wright, former state supreme court justice, retired lawyer. Recipient certified of excellence Ohio Supreme Court, 1972-1983.


Wright, J. Craig was born on June 21, 1929 in Chillicothe, Ohio, United States. Son of Harry and Marjorie (Riddle) Wright.


University of Kentucky (Bachelor of Arts, 1951). Yale University (Bachelor of Laws, 1954).


Worked at Chester, Willcox and Saxbe LLP (Columbus, Ohio) specializing in Litigation, Appellate Practice, Business Law. Admitted to the bar, 1954, Ohio. Judge, Franklin County Common Pleas Court, 1971-1984.

Administrative Judge, 1980-1982. Presiding Judge, 1983-1984. Executive Board, Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association, 1972-1983.

President-Elect, 1984. Justice, Ohio Supreme Court, 1985-1996. Member, Commission on Impaired Lawyers, 1989.

Member: Columbus, Ohio State and American Bar Associations.


Trustee Columbus Area Council on Alcoholism, 1959-1983. Chairman of the Board House of Hope-Halfway House, Columbus, 1960-1968, trustee emeritus. Trustee Grace Brethren Church, Columbus, 1966-1981, Worthington Christian School, Ohio, 1974-1978, St. Anthony's Medical Center, Shepherd Hill Hospital With Counter Intelligence Corps, United States Army, 1955-1956.

Member American Bar Association (member of commission on impaired lawyers 1988-1991, state representative judicial division 1975-1983), Ohio Bar Association (chairman lawyers assistance committee 1977-1984), Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association (Executive Board 1972-1983, president-elect 1984), Columbus Bar Association, American Judicature Society, Columbus Country Club, Athletic Club of Columbus.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: golf; duplicate bridge.


Married Jane LaFollette, November 3, 1951. Children: Marjorie Jane, Alice Annual.