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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Fort Thomas Attorney Announces Candidacy for Campbell Circuit Court Judge

A Fort Thomas attorney has announced that he intends to file to run for the Campbell County Circuit Court judicial previously held by longtime judge, Fred A. Stine, who retired in August.

RELATED: Judge Fred A. Stine Set to Retire 

Derek R. Durbin has formally announced his candidacy for the judicial seat of Campbell County Circuit Court, Division Two. Durbin is a long-time resident of Campbell County and has practiced as an attorney for 15 years. The majority of that practice has been focused on matters in Campbell County.

“I could not be more excited to announce my candidacy for this very important position. My experience, temperament, energy, and work ethic make me the ideal candidate to serve the citizens of Campbell County as a circuit court judge.” 

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In October of 2017, Governor Matt Bevin appointed Daniel J. Zalla to finish out Stine's term which ends in December 2018.

If more than two candidates file to run for the seat, a primary race will take place before the general election to follow in November 2018.

RELATED: Bevin Appoints Zalla to Replace Stine in Campbell Circuit 

Circuit court judges preside over civil and criminal matters.

According to a release, Durbin said he has significant experience as a trial attorney in both types.

“As a trial attorney, I have worked on both sides of the aisle, representing both criminal clients, civil clients, and the citizens of Campbell County as a former prosecutor. Without question my favorite positions have been those where I served the community. With experience as a prosecutor, defense attorney, and civil litigator, I have the perspective demanded by the position.” 

Durbin graduated in 2003 from Salmon P. Chase School of Law at Northern Kentucky University. After working for the Department of Public Advocacy as a staff attorney, he operated a private practice in Campbell County. In addition, he has worked as a court-appointed attorney for abused children since 2007. Durbin also worked as an assistant prosecutor for the Campbell County Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted neglectful and abusive parents and served as a legal advisor to law enforcement officers county-wide.

Durbin was a board member of Mentoring Plus, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk youth in the community. He is also a ten-year member of the Elks Lodge.

Durbin lives in Fort Thomas with his wife and two young children. Durbin’s wife, Denise Trauth Durbin, is a lifelong county resident and graduate of Highlands High School. Denise Durbin is also an attorney, works at Children’s Law Center, and is a former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Campbell County.

Durbin currently works with the law firm Reminger Co., LPA, as a litigator in areas of civil litigation, adult and child protection, estate planning, probate, and criminal law.

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