Hon. Thomas M. Parker

Hon. Thomas M. Parker

Akron, Ohio
(330) 643-2350
(330) 643-2407

Judge Tom Parker was elected to the Summit County Court of Common Pleas in 2008 for the term commencing May 1, 2009. Previously, Judge Parker was elected to the Akron Board of Education where he served from 1990 through 1993.

From 1979 through early 2002, Judge Parker engaged in private practice at the firm of Roetzel & Andress LPA, in Akron. From 2002 until taking the bench, he was a partner in the firm of Parker, Leiby, Hanna & Rasnick LLC, also in Akron. During his nearly thirty years in private practice, Judge Parker represented clients in civil, criminal and domestic relations matters. He specialized in product liability issues and represented clients in numerous complex multi-party actions. His cases were in the courts of twenty states. Judge Parker is a member of the Bars of the State of Ohio, The Supreme Court of the United States and of several federal courts.

Judge Parker is a graduate of Leadership Akron and has served in the Akron and Summit County community in various volunteer capacities since moving to Akron in 1979. He is married and the father of six children.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2008

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1986


  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1979
  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
    • A.B. cum laude - 1976
  • East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Akron Board of Education, Member, 1990 - 1993
  • Product Liability Advisory Council, Member
  • Graduate of Leadership Akron, Member
  • HCR Manor Care Nursing Facility, Akron, Volunteer
  • Akron Attorneys Bible Group, Co-Leader
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Parker, Leiby, Hanna & Rasnick LLC, Partner, 2002 - 2008
  • Roetzel & Andress LPA, Attorney, 1979 - 2002