Magistrate Denise Waddy is a graduate of Springfield North High School, Springfield, Ohio. She went on to attend Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. Upon earning her B.A. in 1988, she attended the University of Dayton School of Law and received her Juris Doctor in 1993.
Magistrate Waddy worked for the Franklin County Public Defenders Office as a staff attorney before being appointed to the Franklin County Municipal Court bench as a Magistrate in 1995, where she currently still presides.
In 2005, she was the proud recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Image Award presented by the Capital University Black Law Students Association. Magistrate Waddy is a proud member of the Ohio State Bar Association where she previously served on the Advisory Council on Diversity Initiatives; a member of the Columbus Bar Association where she served as past chair of the Municipal Court Committee, as well as a previous member of the Ethics and Grievance Committee; a member of the Ohio Association of Magistrates; and former trustee of the Bexley Public Library.