Former Judge Ray Headen Joins Taft Cleveland

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Kathy Major

Taft is pleased to announce that former 8th District Court of Appeals Judge Ray Headen has joined Taft’s Cleveland office as of counsel.

Former Judge Headen’s work in Taft’s public finance, private equity and appellate groups continues the work he began as judge in his advocacy for a statewide felony sentencing database which is designed to increase transparency, trust and confidence in our state’s judiciary as an institution.

While providing outstanding legal counsel to clients Judge Headen will assist client leaders understand how their everyday social impact investments in roads, sewers, lights, people and businesses promote economic justice. Such stories help build and restore trust and confidence in our region’s public and private institutions, something former Judge Headen believes is sorely needed across all of our state’s diverse communities and beyond.

In 2015, Headen served as special counsel to the Ohio attorney general in the original publishing of the Ohio Economic Development Manual, a highly recognized go-to resource for public and private executives and professionals seeking guidance on how to use Ohio’s public and private finance and incentive laws to grow jobs, communities, and businesses.

In his role at Taft, he will continue to innovatively solve client issues and problems with the meticulousness of both an appellate judge and bond counsel. He will continue his supportive dialogues with his public and private connections in Ohio and throughout the Midwest with a particular focus on how their day-to-day investments have social impact and enhance economic justice. He will continue to advocate for sentencing reform.

Headen earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his B.A. from Williams College. He also attended IES’s London School of Economics and Political Science Program in London.

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