A series of firsts define the judicial and professional career of Yvette McGee Brown. She was the first African American woman elected to the Franklin County Common Pleas Court in 1992. She was the founding president of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children's Hospital. And, in January 2011, she became the first African American woman to serve as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio. Today, Yvette is the Partner-In-Charge of Diversity, Inclusion, and Advancement at the global law firm Jones Day and a partner in the Business and Tort Litigation practice where she represents clients in complex litigation, corporate and government investigations, and appellate matters.
Yvette graduated from Columbus City Schools and attended Ohio University with a degree in Journalism/Public Relations, followed by her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She has honorary degrees from Urbana University, Ohio Dominican University, and Wilberforce University.
Yvette has three children and two grandchildren. She is married to Tony Brown, a retired educator.