Judge W. Scott Gwin was admitted to the practice of law in 1976 after receiving a Juris Doctorate from the Akron University School of Law. He graduated from John Carroll University, cum laude, in 1973 with a Political Science degree. Judge Gwin was born in Stark County, Ohio on November 26, 1951. He is married to Monica Rose Gwin. They have two children, Molly Rose and Zachary Scott.

Judge Gwin was in private practice from 1976-1984. His areas of concentration focused on litigation in criminal felony and misdemeanor cases, personal injury work, domestic relations and probate law.

Judge Gwin served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio from 1976 to 1985 working for the ODOT. In 1985, he became the Law Director for the City of Canton. In this capacity, he was responsible for criminal prosecution, civil defense representation, labor negotiations, advising Canton City Council members and the mayor, as well as all other elected officials in the City of Canton.

In 1988, he was elected Judge of the Fifth District Court of Appeals. He was re-elected in 1994, 2000 and 2006. Judge Gwin served as Presiding Judge in 1993, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2007. He also served as Administrative Judge in 1993 and 1999. Judge Gwin was initially appointed by the Supreme Court of Ohio to the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline for a three-year term from January 1,1996 to December 31, 1998, and re-appointed from January 1, 1999 to December, 2001. Judge Gwin was appointed Master Commissioner, Board of Grievances, in 2002, and continues in that capacity presently. Judge Gwin was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Ohio Court of Appeals Association in 2004. He then served as Chief Justice Elect in 2005, and was elected Chief Justice of the Ohio Court of Appeals Association in 2007.

Judge Gwin has been invited to sit on the Supreme Court of Ohio on numerous occasions. He has taught Appellate Procedure Practices since 1993. Judge Gwin also has taught Ethics since 1996. He sits on numerous community boards and is an active volunteer in the Stark County area.

JAMES SILVIO MANELLO became a Staff Attorney for Judge Gwin in 2004. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mount Union College in 1981 and Cum Laude from Ohio Northern School of Law in 1985. Before joining Judge Gwin's staff, he served as an attorney with the Stark County Public Defender Office and was in private practice.

CAROL ANDREWS is also a Staff Attorney for Judge Gwin.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Baldwin-Wallace College in 2000 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Akron School of Law in 2004.  Before joining Judge Gwin's staff in 2013, she served as a magistrate in the Stark County Court of Common Pleas and a law clerk for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio. 

CHERYL WOOD is Judge Gwin's Judicial Administrative Assistant and can be reached at (330) 451-7750.