Biographies

 

Judge Hejmanowski

Judge David A. Hejmanowski received his undergraduate degree, with honors, from Hiram College in 1996 and his Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1999, where he graduated as a Public Service Fellow and received the Joseph M. Harter Memorial Award for trial advocacy.  

From 1999 to 2003 he served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Delaware County, handling more than 400 felony cases.  In January of 2003 he began his work as a Magistrate for the Delaware County Probate/Juvenile Court.  In September of 2008 he took on the additional responsibilities of serving as Juvenile Court Administrator.  He was elected to a six-year term as Judge of the Delaware County Probate/Juvenile Court in November of 2014.  

Judge Hejmanowski is active in judicial and professional organizations.  He is a member of the Ohio and Delaware County Bar Associations.  From 2008-2011 he served as a member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Board of Governors and from 2009-2014 served as a member of that same organization’s Council of Delegates.  He has been a member of the Ohio Lawyer Magazine Board of Editors since 2008 and chaired that board in 2010-2011.  He has chaired the Delaware County Bar Association’s Juvenile Law and Legal Education committees since 2003.  He has been an active member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Juvenile Law Committee, serving as Chair of that Committee from 2006-2008 and twice as Secretary.  He is the moderator for the Ohio State Bar Association’s OSBAid program.

He is a frequent presenter at legal education seminars for the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Judicial College and the State Bar Association.  He was appointed in 2005 by Chief Justice Moyer to the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Interpreter Services and reappointed to that committee by Chief Justice O’Connor in 2012.  He served on the Supreme Court task force that drafted Ohio’s juvenile competency statute, the juvenile representation task force and currently serves on the Court Structure sub-Committee of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Task Force on Funding of Ohio’s Courts.  He is a Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

Judge Hejmanowski has been active in our local community as well.  He is the attorney coordinator for the Delaware County Interfaith Legal Services Clinic, which has served more than 2,000 clients in eleven years of operation.  He has served on the board of the Andrews House and currently serves on the boards of the Ohio Wesleyan Junior League and the Central Ohio Symphony, where he is a past-President.  In 2011 he was given the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s district award for community service by attorneys under the age of 40.  He is active in leadership and music at his church.



Magistrate Kaiser

R. Lamont Kaiser assumed his duties as a Probate/Juvenile Court Magistrate in June 2011.  His primary area of responsibility is in the Probate Court.

He received his Juris Doctor degree (cum laude) from The Ohio State University where he was also the Managing Editor of the Ohio State Law Journal. He did his undergraduate work at Syracuse University and The Ohio State University where he graduated with a BA in Political Science.

As a Captain, he served on active duty in the USAF as a Staff Judge Advocate (JAG) and a Military Judge.

For 39 years he maintained a private law practice in Delaware focusing on governmental and school law, estate planning for individuals and families (incorporating both probate and non-probate planning tools), business succession planning, elder law, guardianship law, mental health law, estate administration, and complex probate litigation involving recoveries of missing or embezzled assets.

Kaiser has been the President and is a past member of the Rotary Club of Delaware, and has served on the governing boards of the Ohio State Bar Association, Grady Memorial Hospital, and the Delaware Chamber of Commerce.  He is a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and for many years was a member of the OSBA Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section Council.

Kaiser had been recognized professionally by his lawyer peers through a national clearing house by being rated for the over 25 years as having the "Highest Possible Peer Review Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards". With that same commitment to professionalism, he and the Probate Court staff strive to deliver timely and quality service to the families and individuals seeking the Court's protection, assistance, supervision or direction.

 

Billie Jo Propst - Probate Office Manager

Billie Jo Propst is the Probate Office Manager for the Probate Division of the Delaware County Probate/Juvenile Court.  She assumed the position in November 2014 after joining the Probate Team as a Deputy Clerk in January 2013.  She has performed a wide variety of responsibilities within the Court's diverse subject matter jurisdiction.

Prior to joining our Court, she was a Deputy Clerk at Portage County Municipal Court and in the Collections Department that served the combined Portage County Courts.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from the University of Akron in 1991.

Mrs. Propst has served countless hours volunteering as a leader in both Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts.  She resides in Marysville, Ohio with her husband Jeff and their two children.

She is committed to assuring that the Probate Court continues to provide its services in a pragmatic, timely, consistent and compassionate manner that promotes an enjoyable work environment for staff and is beneficial to attorneys as well as the general public.