Running for Montgomery County Probate Judge

On a peaceful Dayton morning you may see Magistrate Arvin Miller running through some of his favorite places in town. He’s been doing this most of his life. For him it’s more than a hobby; it’s a passion. This passion has been the guiding light through many of his endeavors.

Through running you learn to push through, keep your goals in mind, and help those you see along the way who are on their own journeys. Arvin has taken these lessons with him in his law career and now in his run for Montgmery County Probate Judge.

Giving Back to the Community

Dayton has always been a special place for Arvin. He attended the University of Dayton School of Law and in his first year he met his wife, Susan. Together they raised three girls and built two successful legal careers.  However, Arvin knew he couldn’t be truly successful without giving back to his community.

That’s when he joined on as founder of a new project in Dayton, The Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers’ Project. It was an opportunity, not only for him to give back, but to bring in other local lawyers to work Pro Bono in the community. After being awarded the American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award he knew he had a unique opportunity to help others. Arvin went on to become a member of many other such groups that gave back to the people of Dayton.

  • Has a History of Stepping Up for the People of Montgomery County
  • Has the Experience to Make Him the Best Candidate.
  • Knows What it Takes to Be a Judge in Montgomery County

Who Is Magistrate Arvin Miller?

Like most people, Magistrate Arvin Miller wears a lot of hats. First, he is a Probate Court Magistrate. He’s also a local runner who qualified for and ran the Boston Marathon twice and keeps at it through the streets of Montgomery County. Then there’s the family man with the wife, three kids, and two grandchildren. Next the philanthropist that helped in the founding of the Dayton Volunteer Lawyer’s Project. Finally the lawyer and educator who has fought for our community and wants to continue to provide the best as our Probate Judge.

The Magistrate, Lawyer, & Educator

Arvin has been fighting for the rights of clients and teaching young law students for a better part of his career. Educating the public and using his legal knowledge to aid his community has been a part of who he is for over 30 years.

The Family Man & Philanthropist

Arvin’s family has been extremely important to his development as a lawyer, an educator, and soon a probate judge. His time in law gave him a unique look at families across Montgomery County and helped him in founding the Dayton Volunteer Lawyers’ Project.

The Local Runner

Magistrate Arvin Miller has been running for most of his life. It’s taken him places like the Boston Marathon twice, given him a connection to his daughter as she began running, and his wife who has been running with him for more than thirty years. Now he continues to run on the campaign trail.

Magistrate Montgomery County Probate Court

(April 2008 – present)

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

(August 2004- August 2008)

Assistant Montgomery County Public Defender

(April 1996- August 2004)

Assistant Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney

(May 1988- April 1996)

Green and Green Lawyers

(August 1984 – May 1986)

Experience Matters

There’s a reason most judges lead with the simple slogan, “Experience Matters”. Although, we see this a lot, especially in recent campaigns, it really does hold up. Arvin has been a lawyer for more than 35 years.  He has represented clients in criminal and civil matters. For the last 10 years, he has been a Probate Magistrate. As a Magistrate, he has presided over thousands of hearings and made decisions regarding guardianships, estates, and trusts. He is the only court mediator for the Probate Court which means he works to bring families or opposing parties together to resolve their disputes amicably without a court hearing.

How Experience Helps in Probate

Probate court cases generally involve some sensitive issues with a vulnerable group of individuals. Every day, Magistrate Arvin Miller encounters situations in which he has to make a decision about what is best for someone with dementia or mental challenges who is unable to care for his or her own finances and personal safety and wellbeing.  He has the patience, kindness, and compassion to firmly but respectfully deal with those emotionally charged situations where families are disputing the best approach for that individual.  His knowledge of the law allows him to decide the appropriate remedy.  

Professionally Endorsed by More than 80,000

Being qualified is more than just experience. It’s making an impression on the professional community.


Magistrate Arvin Miller has left quite the impression with 150 attorneys, the Dayton-Miami Valley AFL-CIO Labor Council, and over 80,000 active and retired members of the AFSCME Ohio Council 8 and Retiree Chapter 1184


Arvin Miller is a leader who will fight for justice in the courtroom. As Montgomery County Probate Court Magistrate with three decades of legal experience, he understands that the Dignity of Work is not just a slogan, it’s how we govern — that’s why I’m proud to endorse Arvin Miller for Montgomery County Probate Court Judge.

– U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown

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Dayton-Miami Valley AFL-CIO Regional Labor Council Diane S. Walsh, Thomas Ritchie, Sr., Marcia Knox, John Hayes, Dana Clark, Ronnie Wardrup, Ann Sulfridge, Dan Frazier, Derryl Hall, Greg Gust, Scott Adkins, Neil Douglas, Shawn Herzog, Mike Gross, Heather Atkinson, Rudy Fitchenbaum, David Lawson Tyrone, McGuffey Roberta Greaver AFSCME AFSCME Power in Action representing the more than 80,000 active and retired members of AFSCME Ohio Council 8 and Retiree Chapter 1184 Attorney’s Who Endorse Magistrate Arvin Miller for Judge Patrick Adkinson, Deborah Adler, Charles Allbery, Allbery Law, Patrick Allen, Casper & Casper, Former Dayton Bar Association President, William Allen, Casper & Casper, Debra Armanini, Montgomery County First Assistant Prosecuting, Attorney, Gordon Arnold, Freund Freeze & Arnold, Michael Baer, Dungan & LeFevre Co LPA, Joseph Balmer, Holzfaster Cecil McKnight & Mues, OSBA Certified Estate Planning Trust and Probate Specialist, Robert Bartlett, Faruki PLL, Susan Blasik-Miller, Freund Freeze & Arnold, Former Dayton Bar Association President, candidate’s spouse, Shawn Blatt, Freund Freeze & Arnold, Michael Bly, Pickrel Schaeffer & Ebeling, Karen Bradley, Bradley & Associates, Shannon Bockelman, Freund Freeze & Arnold, Jennifer Brill, Hunter Brill LLC, Jennifer Brogan, Bieser Greer & Landis, James Brookshire, Dungan & LeFevre Co LPA, Jennifer Brumby, Taft Stettinius & Hollister, Diane Brunn, Thompson Hine LLP, Christine Burk, James Byrd, Margaret Carper, Montgomery County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Christopher Carrigg, Freund Freeze & Arnold, William O. Cass, Jr., Law Office of William O. Cass, Jr. Ltd., Anthony Cicero, Cicero Adams LLC, Lori Cicero, Cicero Adams LLC, John Clough, Pickrel Schaeffer & Ebeling, Kristine Comunale, Chris Conard, Coolidge Wall, Mark Conway, Thompson Hine, Jeffrey Cox, Faruki PLL, Steve Crandall, Crandall & Pera, David Cusack, Cusack Law Office, Leon Daidone, Assistant Montgomery County Prosecutor, Chief of Criminal Division, Nicholas Davis, Taft Stettinius & Hollister, Christopher Deal, Law Office of Gump Deal & Hirth, Michael Deffet, Edward (Ned) Dowd, Surdyk Dowd & Turner, Trisha Duff, Bieser Greer & Landis, Karen Dunlevey, Jackson Lewis, Aaron Durden, Durden Law LPA, Michael Dyer, Dyer Garafolo Mann & Schultz, Mark Engling, Freund Freeze & Arnold, Lauren Epperly, Subashi Wildermuth & Justice, Lee Falke, Falke & Dunphy, Former Montgomery County Prosecutor, Charles Faruki, Former Dayton Bar Association President, Jonathan Faulkner, Elliott Faulkner & Webber, John Folkerth, Folkerth & Routh, LLC, Karen Folkerth, Folkerth & Routh, LLC, Anne Frayne, Myers and Frayne Co., LPA, Stephen Freeze, Neil Freund, Former Dayton Bar Association President, Caroline Gentry, Porter Wright, Dan Gentry, Coolidge Wall, Greg Gibson, Emeritus Pro Bono, Dalma Grandjean, Altick & Corwin, Robert Gresham, Wright & Schulte, David Grieshop, Flanagan Lieberman Hoffman & Swaim, John Haviland, Bieser Greer & Landis, Mathias Heck, Jr., Montgomery County Prosecutor, Anne Shank Hilton, Timothy Hoffman, Dinsmore & Shohl, John Hoffmann, Deborah Hunt, Sebaly Shillito + Dyer, Kenneth Ignozzi, Dyer Garofalo Mann & Schultz, D. Jeffrey Ireland, Faruki PLL, Former Dayton Bar Association President, Ellis Jacobs, James Jacobson, Pickrel Schaeffer & Ebeling, Douglas Jenks, Auman Mahan & Furry, Thomas E. (Ted) Jenks, inactive, Former Dayton Bar Association President, Lindsay Johnson, Freund Freeze & Arnold, April Jordan, Hedrick & Jordan Co LPA, Tabitha Justice, Subashi Wildermuth & Justice, Keith Kearney, Rogers & Greenberg, Anne Keeton, Freund Freeze & Arnold, James Kelleher, Pickrel Schaeffer & Ebeling, Kathleen Kersh, Channing Kordik, Rogers & Greenberg, James Kordik, Rogers & Greenberg, Edward Kress, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Howard Krisher, Bieser Greer & Landis, Konrad Kuczak, Judith LaMusga, LaMusga Law Office, David Laton, The VanNoy Firm, Mary Lentz, Gottschlich & Portune, Kermit Lowery, VP & Head of Legal – North America, Lexis Nexis, Former Dayton Bar Association President, Gary Leppla, Leppla Associates Ltd., Former Ohio State Bar Association President, Former Dayton Bar Association President, Dennis Lieberman, Flanagan Lieberman Hoffman & Swaim, Jane Lynch, Green & Green, Bryan Mahoney, Freund Freeze & Arnold, Barry Mancz, Rogers & Greenberg, Doug Mann, Dyer Garofalo Mann & Schultz, Craig Matthews, Craig T. Matthews & Associates, LPA, Benjamin Mazer, Coolidge Wall, Michael Millonig, Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, OSBA Board Certified Estate Planning Trust and Probate Specialist, Nicole Mitchell, Freund Freeze & Arnold, Joseph Mondock, Thorson Switala Mondock & Snead, Erin Moore, Green & Green, Jennifer Nordstrom, Garvey Shearer Nordstrom, PSC, Stephen O’Keefe, The O’Keefe Firm, James Overholser, inactive, Richard Perna, Former Dayton Bar Association President, Kevin Quinlan, Bieser Greer & Landis, Walter Reynolds, Porter Wright, Former Dayton Bar Association President, Thomas Replogle, Erin Rhinehart, Faruki PLL, Cassandra Rice, Porter Wright, Michael Rice, Surdyk Dowd & Turner, Jon Rosemeyer, Pickrel Schaeffer & Ebeling Co, LPA, Nicole Rutter-Hirth, Law Offices of Gump Deal & Hirth, Barbara Sager, Barbara L. Sager Co, LPA, Alan Schaeffer, Pickrel Schaeffer & Ebeling Co LPA, Beth Schaeffer, inactive, Former Dayton Bar Association President, David Schmidt, Alfred W. (Bud) Schneble III, The Green Law Firm, Kelly Schroeder, Freund Freeze & Arnold, Donald Schweller, Pickrel Schaeffer & Ebeling Co LPA, Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, Heather Shannon, Sherrets Law Offices, Carl Sherrets, Sherrets Law Offices, OSBA Board Certified Estate Planning Trust and Probate Specialist, Ralph Skilken, Ralph A. Skilken Co LPA, Former Dayton Bar Association President, Charles Slicer, Sr., John Smalley, Dyer Garofalo Mann & Schultz, John Smith, Smith Meier & Webb LPA, Jeffrey Snead, Thorson Switala Mondock & Snead, Robert Snyder, Freund Freeze & Arnold, Susan Solle, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Former Dayton Bar Association President, Susan Souther, Eli Sperry, Young & Alexander, LuAnn Stanley, Coolidge Wall, Jean Steigerwald, Andrew Storar, Pickrel Schaeffer & Ebeling Co LPA, Nicholas Subashi, Subashi Wildermuth & Justice, Gilbert Switala, Thorson Switala Mondock & Snead, Richard Talda, Coolidge Wall, James Thorson, Thorson Switala Mondock & Snead, Bridget Tracy, Tracy & Tracy Co LPA, John Tracy, Tracy & Tracy Co LPA, Louis Tracy, Tracy & Tracy Co LPA, Gretchen Treherne, Jackson Lewis PC, Jason Treherne, Treherne Law Office, Merideth Trott, Dinsmore Shohl, Jeffrey Turner, Surdyk Dowd & Turner, Victoria VanZandt, University of Dayton School of Law, Michelle Vollmar, Rogers & Greenberg, Peter von Meister, Green & Green, Cheryl Washington, CR Washington Co. LPA, Brian Weaver, Adam Webber, Ellliott Faulkner & Webber, John Welch, Arnold Todaro & Welch, Ellen Weprin, Thomas Whalen, Sealy Shillito + Dyer, Thomas Whelley, Dinsmore & Shol LLP, Former Dayton Bar Association President, David Williamson, Bieser Greer & Landis, Past Dayton Bar Association President, Jeffrey Winwood, Coolidge Wall, Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, Paul Zimmer, Pickrel Schaeffer & Ebeling Co LPA, Ted Gudorf of Gudorf Law Group, Mathias Manner of Manner Law Firm, LLC.


* Not Picture, the 80,000 names of active and retired members of AFSCME Ohio Council 8 and Retiree Chapter 1184

Years of Building Expertise
  • Eldercaring Coordination Training, ACR and Ohio Supreme Court July 8-10, 2015
  • Elder Mediation Training – Ohio Supreme Court June 2-4, 2015
  • American Bar Association Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute November 21-22, 2013
  • Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies – Mediation Skills Training Program (October 24 – 28, 2011) 40 hour Training.
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Dayton School of Law 1984 Law Review: research Editor (1983-84) Member (1982-83)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy and Political Science, Miami University 1978
Years Talking About Local Law
  • 2015 - “Attorney Fees in Probate Court” (other than estates)
  • 2010 “Unique Guardianship Issues: Reverse Mortgages, Prepaid Funeral Bills, Crimes of the Ward”
  • 2014 – Mediation of Disputes in Probate Court
  • 2011 – Montgomery County Guardianship Issues – Panel Discussion
  • 2009 “Guardianship – Standing After In Re Guardianship of Santrucek”
  • 2012 - “Probate Court’s Role In Protecting the Elderly”
  • “Communication With the Client” Appellate Practice Certification Seminar, Dayton Bar Association. (2002, 2003, 2004)
  • “Pre-trial Disposition and Grand Jury” Montgomery County Criminal Law Certification Seminar (June 23, 1993) Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.
  • “Forensic Hospitalization Under the Mental Health Act of 1988: Issues for the Prosecutor” Ohio Mental Health Conference. (June 4, 1993)
  • “Representing the Poor: Pro Bono and the Dayton Model” Poverty Law and the Homeless (March 6, 1992) Ohio Northern University College of Law and the Ohio Housing Coalition.
Prestigious Memberships
  • American Bar Association (present)
  • Collaboration Against Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation (present)
  • Dayton Bar Association Foundation – Fellow (present)
  • Family Service Association - Board Member (present)
  • Montgomery County Eldercaring Coordinator Pilot Project (present)
  • ABLE/LAWO/GDVLP “Justice on Tap” (past)
  • Dayton Bar Association (present)
  • Dayton Bar Association Foundation Board Member (past)
  • Dayton Legal Aid Society Board of Directors (past)
  • Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyer Project Board of Trustees (past)
  • Miami Valley Literacy Counsel Board Member (past)
  • Montgomery County Elder Abuse Inter-Agency Task Force (past)
  • Ohio Association of Magistrates (present)
  • Ohio State Bar Association (present)
  • Ohio Supreme Court and Ohio State Bar Association Civil Legal Needs Assistance Implementation Committee (past)
  • Participant, Ohio Conclave on Education for the Legal Profession (past)
  • Pro Bono Committee Member, Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation (past)
  • University of Dayton school of Law Alumni Board (past)

Meet Magistrate Arvin Miller, The Next Probate Judge

A Probate Judge protects the rights of the most vulnerable people in our society and it takes someone who really cares about the individual to handle these types of cases.

Running with Arvin

I’m out in the community literally running the campaign trail every week. Have a question about what it means to be a Dayton Probate Judge? Join me on the trail as I start my journey towards judge.

- Magistrate Arvin Miller

Upcoming Runs

Oakwood That Day in May (Virtual)

On race day, all those registered will be invited to submit results for compilation and will be posted on the Speedy Feet website. If you want to run the actual 5k course or 10k course in Oakwood, we have created them as Strava segments. With a GPS watch and a Strava account, you can run the course and see how you rank against others on the actual course.

Lift Your Leg 2020 by SICSA (Virtual)

As with most things these days, Lift Your Leg is pivoting to protect our community, supporters, and furry friends. Join us for our first ever VIRTUAL Lift Your Leg! Run your 5k or 10k, or walk your 1-mile on your own, and share your photos on SICSA social media using hashtag #LYLatHome.

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