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Jacqueline Gaines

Adjunct Professor of Law


School of Law


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Jacqueline V. Gaines is a magistrate in the Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court, located in Dayton, Ohio. Magistrate Gaines presides over evidentiary hearings, and provides written recommendations to the court for pre-divorce decree and post-divorce decree motions related to child support, spousal support, custody, parenting time, contempt, and domestic violence. She also hears and provides recommendations to the court regarding Civil Rule 60 motions; motions related to temporary orders; and motions concerning foreign decrees and support matters. In addition, by order of reference, she hears and decides contested and non-contested divorces; legal separations; and annulments. She also serves as a mediator in the Court’s Mediation Department.

Prior to becoming a magistrate, Jacqueline focused her private practice on commercial litigation, employment law, and workers’ compensation law.


B.A., DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, 2001
J.D., Indiana University, Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, IN, 2004

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio, 2004

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

State of Missouri, 2008 (Inactive)

U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

Professional Associations

American Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Ohio Association of Magistrates

Dayton Bar Association

Thurgood Marshall Law Society

Stanley Z. Greenberg Family Law Forum

Honors and Awards

Ohio Rising Star Super Lawyer Recognition, 2007

Ohio Rising Star Super Lawyer Recognition, 2009

Order of Barristers

Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honor Society

Mortar Board, National College Senior Honor Society