Fliehman sworn in as Darke County Common Pleas Judge


GREENVILLE—Travis L. Fliehman, of Greenville, was worn in as the Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge on Thursday afternoon. Fliehman was sworn in by outgoing Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein.

Judge Hein thanked his staff and the public for making his 24-year career memorable.

“As a personal remark, thanks to my staff, thanks to the public, thanks to the courthouse staff, other elected officials for making 24 years of my career memorable,” Judge Hein said. “Maybe not for you, but for me. It’s been a pleasure, that’s the hard part about letting go, but it’s necessary and it’s the right time to do so.”

Judge Hein said his hesitation to leave this seat dissolved last week.

“I had the chance to teach new judges,” he said. “With Mr. Fliehman sitting with the best of them. Very quickly you could see as we presented these legal problems to the Judges-Elect, that it wasn’t just about black letter law, it was about understanding how the process works. Your intellect, your intuition will be assets for you, so that makes me feel better about letting go.”

Hein resigned his candidacy in the midterm election in October. The Darke County Republican Central Committee (DCRCC) unanimously chose Fliehman to replace Judge Hein on the ballot.

Fliehman attended The Ohio State University where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics. A few years later, he attended law school at the University of Dayton School of Law and received his Juris Doctorate. After completing law school, he was employed in the Litigation Department of a 400-attorney Cincinnati-based law firm. Fliehman came to Darke County in 2009. Currently under Fliehman Law Group, his practice focusses on business and corporate law, estate planning, estate administration, elder law, guardianship, personal injury & accidents, and various civil litigation, including business litigation, probate litigation, and personal injury cases in state and federal courts. Fliehman is married to the former Kelly Crotcher, a graduate of Versailles High School, with whom he has one daughter.

After he was sworn in, Fliehman addressed the court room and thanked Judge Hein and his wife Rose for their guidance over the last few months.

“You have had faith and belief in me and Kelly in fullfilling these duties that are in front of me, and for that I thank you so much,” he said.

“I am humbled and honored,” Fliehman concluded. “Thank you.”

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