Judge Preston Biography

170 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 427-5795


      The Honorable C. Kathryn Preston was appointed to the bankruptcy bench on October 11, 2005. After law school, Judge Preston served two judicial clerkships: first in the chambers of the Honorable Alexander L. Paskay, at that time the Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa, and later with the Honorable Donald E. Calhoun, Jr., Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. In between terms with the Court, she joined the boutique law firm of Stichter & Riedel, P.A., where she practiced exclusively bankruptcy law, representing debtors, creditors and other parties in interest in all types of bankruptcy proceedings. After serving with Judge Calhoun's chambers, she joined The Huntington National Bank, where she practiced law in the areas of banking, business, and creditors' rights. While at Huntington, she also took a three year segue into the business arena, managing Huntington's Special Assets Department, which focused on workout of commercial loans throughout the Huntington footprint. In January 2012, Judge Preston was appointed to the Sixth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, and currently serves as Chief Judge of the BAP.
     Judge Preston has been actively involved in numerous professional and community organizations including American Bankruptcy Institute; Columbus Bar Association; National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges; Women Lawyers of Franklin County; Florida Bar Association; International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation ("IWIRC"); Ohio Women's Bar Association; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Franklin County; and Columbus Alumnae Chapter and Executive Office of Delta Delta Delta. She has been a dedicated community volunteer and has been an instructor for the American Institute of Banking.
     Judge Preston attended college at Stetson University in Deland, Florida and earned her Juris Doctor at Stetson College of Law in St. Petersburg.