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Magistrate Milton Rankins

Milton Rankins was appointed as a Magistrate of the Summit County Juvenile Court in October 2017. He primarily hears cases involving delinquency issues, but also hears cases involving dependency, abuse and neglect, as well as child support.

Magistrate Rankins is a native of Colerain, North Carolina, and graduated from Bertie High School. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations in 1987. He is a graduate of the University of Akron School of Law, earning his Juris Doctorate in 1990. While in law school, Magistrate Rankins worked as a law clerk for the City of Akron Law Department (1988-1989), and for Buckingham, Doolittle and Burroughs, L.P.A. (1989-1990).

Upon graduation from law school, Magistrate Rankins was hired as an associate at Buckingham, Doolittle and Burroughs, L.P.A., assigned to the Commercial Litigation Department, which included practice in the areas of construction law, creditor’s rights, contracts, landlord-tenant law, business torts, public finance and taxation. In 1994, Magistrate Rankins founded Signature Sports Management, a sports and entertainment law firm, and also joined Merrill Lynch as a Financial Consultant. He was hired by the City of Akron as a Police Officer in 1997, where he worked as a patrol officer and school resource officer. In 2001, Magistrate Rankins joined the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office, assigned to the Tax Division. There his duties consisted of handling property tax appeal cases, eminent domain actions, property tax and mortgage foreclosures, bankruptcy and civil litigation.

Magistrate Rankins is a member of the Akron and Ohio State Bar Associations, as well as the Ohio Association of Magistrates. He is a member of the Bar Applicants and Students Committee and Finance Committee of the Akron Bar Association. He has also served on the Diversity, Fee Arbitration, Grievance and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committees, as well as the Investigative Subcommittee of the Akron Bar Association.

Magistrate Rankins is an avid football, basketball and baseball fan. He also enjoys playing basketball, weightlifting, running and reading.

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