Magistrate David Laughlin joined the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas in 2008 as a trial magistrate for the Honorable Everett H. Krueger, handling all domestic relations matters and occasional civil matters and criminal arraignments.  In 2017, Magistrate Laughlin joined the new Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division, under the Honorable Randall D. Fuller.  Magistrate Laughlin handles all variety of domestic relations cases, including cases of unmarried parents, civil protection orders, and child support enforcement agency cases.

Prior to his relocation to Delaware, he served as a trial magistrate for the Lake County Domestic Relations Division for over five years.  Before serving as a magistrate, Magistrate Laughlin had a private practice in Northeast Ohio.  His practice focused on domestic relations, juvenile and small business matters.  He also served as an Arbitration Panel Chair, was selected to be a part of the initial Ohio Supreme Court Pilot Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, and is a trained and certified Family Law Mediator, acted as both a private mediator and as part of an In House Court program.

Magistrate Laughlin also served as a law clerk, staff attorney, and referee in the Lake County Domestic Relations Court.  He is an active participant in the Ohio Supreme Court and law related professional organizations.  He was a County Justice team member for the Supreme Court State Domestic Relations Summit, was formerly his Court’s representative to the OADRJ, and an active participant in the Ohio Supreme Court Magistrate Roundtables.  He has been a member of the Ohio Association of Magistrates since 2003, serving as a secretary for the Domestic Relations Practice Session (2005-2015), and presently serves on the OAM Board as the Fifth District Representative.  He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and presently participates on the Judicial Administration and Legal Reform Committee, and was an OSBA participant in the Ohio Judicial Conference subcommittee on Local Rule Reform.  He is past president of the Delaware County Bar Association, and was an Incorporator and Trustee of the Delaware County Bar Foundation. 

Magistrate Laughlin has also served as an adjunct faculty member of Lakeland Community College and Kent State University where he taught business law, ethics, and family and juvenile law.  He has been trained as a member of the Judicial College Faculty and has presented for the Judicial College, the Columbus Bar Association, the Lake and Delaware County Bar Associations, and at company sponsored CLE’s.


Magistrate Laughlin received his Bachelor of Arts from Cleveland State University and his Juris Doctorate from Cleveland State University College of Law.  He and his wife, Kathy, reside in Delaware and are recent empty-nesters with their son Michael now attending the University of Cincinnati.