John P. O’Donnell, Ohio Supreme Court
This November the election for Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court will be a close race. Whoever wins will preside over some of the biggest cases Ohio has seen in decades. The importance of this election cannot be ignored. Ohio needs the right candidate, and that candidate is Judge John P. O’Donnell.
Judge John P. O’Donnell is running for Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. John currently serves on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. He was first elected in 2002, and then again in 2006, 2012, and in 2018. The Cuyahoga County court is one of Ohio’s busiest, and during that time Judge O’Donnell presided over scores of jury trials in felony criminal cases and civil lawsuits. In 2008, Judge O’Donnell was selected by the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court to be one of only eight trial court judges in the state to preside over a commercial docket devoted strictly to business litigation. He has been responsible for over 2,000 commercial cases while still handling all other varieties of civil lawsuits and a felony criminal docket. He is the author of over one hundred judicial opinions.
Judge O’Donnell attended St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, Miami University in Oxford, and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Judge O’Donnell has served on the boards of several Northeast Ohio non-profit organizations, including the St. Malachi Center, the Cleveland Law Library Association, the Cuyahoga County Law Library Resource Board and Lakewood City Academy. He and his wife are raising five children in Lakewood.