Lynn Toler graduated from Harvard University and got her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After a decade practicing law in Cleveland, she was elected judge of the Cleveland Heights Municipal Court in 1993. During her tenure, she was actively engaged in the community, creating innovative programs to help at-risk youth and coordinating resources and outreach to victims of domestic violence.

She became the host of Divorce Court, the longest-running television court program, in 2006. Her no-nonsense, straightforward advice and rulings have endeared her to legions of Divorce Court's fans. She is the author of Making Marriage Work (2012) and My Mother's Rules (2007), published by Agate Bolden. Judge Toler has two sons and four stepsons, and frequently posts about her large, busy family on her Facebook page.