Over the past fourteen years, I have seen our justice system work and I have seen our justice system fail.

I have practiced in front of fair judges and biased judges, judges that are “tough on crime,” and judges who have compassion for a given individual’s situation, as if those concepts are mutually exclusive. My clients have been treated both fairly and incredibly unfairly. Regardless of what my client is accused of doing or where I am practicing, I have loved being on the front lines, working hard to ensure that Ohio’s citizens are treated equally and with all of the protections that our Constitution requires.

I found my true calling when I walked into the courtrooms of the Franklin County Municipal Court.

I have practiced all over this State, defending individuals charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes. I have handled everything from minor traffic tickets to a murder trial and have spent almost every day in the courtroom.  I take on felony court appointed cases, defending those who cannot afford private counsel. I have also been able to help fellow defense attorneys through my work with the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, mentoring young lawyers, instructing at defense bar CLE’s, and helping to provide a support network for my colleagues.

Jessica D’Varga’s Endorsements

Central Ohio Labor Council AFL-CIO

Columbus Building Trades

Columbus Firefighters Union Local 67

Franklin County Council of Education Associations

Franklin County Democratic Party

Franklin County Young Democrats

National Association of Social Workers

Ohio AFSCME Power In Action

Ohio Environmental Council

Ohio Young Democrats

Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio

Teachers for Better Schools

Teamsters Local 284

Supported by the Baptist Ministerial Alliance of Columbus and Vicinity


In addition to running for Judge, Jessica is an avid runner. She has completed countless triathlons and half marathons over the past ten years and just completed her second Columbus Marathon in October.  She is a member of the Columbus chapter of Moms Run This Town/She Runs This Town (MRTT/SRTT), meeting up with many of her amazing female friends on a weekly basis to log miles and chat about life.  Check us out on Instagram over the next few months to keep up with Jessie, MRTT, and the campaign!

Jessica G. D'Varga
Rated by Super Lawyers

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Jessica D’Varga has received the rating of “Highly Recommended” from the Columbus Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee.