Municipal Court Judge Fanon A. Rucker








Honorable Fanon A. Rucker

Hamilton County Courthouse
1000 Main Street
Room 270
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Nathan Waller, Bailiff
Phone Number: 513-946-5256

Fax: 513-946-5258


About Judge Rucker

Judge Fanon A. Rucker was born and raised in the rough and tumble steel town of Gary, Indiana. He graduated from Hampton University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law. After completing his studies and passing the bar, Judge Rucker became a Cincinnati prosecutor.

From 2000 to 2007, Judge Rucker worked for two medium sized law firms where he focused on the areas of Civil Rights, Employment, Municipal Law and general civil litigation and also served as the prosecutor for three villages.

Frequent appearances on local and national television coupled with radio talk shows discussing high profile cases raised his local notoriety. Among his notable cases was Judge Rucker’s class action representation of a service union that resulted in the integration of Cincinnati fire houses, representing a young boy who was handcuffed by police officers and representing a large corporation against several elected officials that ultimately resulted in federal convictions for several involved. Judge Rucker represented clients in State and Federal Court at both the trial and appellate levels.

In 2007, Judge Rucker was appointed to the Hamilton County Municipal Court. At the time of his appointment, he was 35 years old and the youngest judge on the bench in the State of Ohio. Judge Rucker served as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati for several years where he taught a class on law history. He currently serves as an adjunct at the College of Law. Judge Rucker’s biggest contribution to the legal community is the mentoring he provides and has provided to high school, college and law students, as well as young lawyers.

Judge Rucker is currently an elected Trustee of the Association of Municipal and County Judges of Ohio (AMCJO) and the President of the Seasongood Good Government Foundation. He is also a regular public speaker at Legal, Community, Charitable and Student oriented events.

Judge Rucker has served in leadership positions on numerous boards and organizations. To name a few: former trustee of the Cincinnati Bar Association, past president of the Black Lawyers’ Association of Cincinnati, past board member of the Catholic Inner-City Schools Education Fund, the Young Father’s Program, Boys Hope Girl Hope, the Children’s Law Center and Elementz Youth Center. From 2009 to the present, Judge Rucker has served in various leadership positions within the local and statewide Prince Hall masonic organization.

In his “spare” time, the judge enjoys mentoring, public speaking, writing and delivering spoken word (poetry) at local events, studying and fishing. His father, Robert D. Rucker, Jr., served for 18 years as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Indiana. His mother, Jacqueline Pace Rucker is a lawyer and the immediate past director of a faith-based social services agency in Harrisburg, Pa. Judge Rucker is married to Shawntay Rucker and he is the father of three children, two daughters and a son.