Why I am running

Since 2005, I have served as a Judge on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. I’m running for Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court because, inevitably, there is a limit to how much a single trial court judge can do. Building greater trust in our court system requires advocating for systemic criminal and civil justice reform.

As Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, I will work toward creating policies that reduce Ohio’s justice gap, provide all citizens with the opportunity to access the courts for dispute resolution, increase transparency, and ensure that justice is neither delayed nor denied. With your help, we can renew the public’s trust in the justice system. I respectfully request your support.

“It’s time to renew the public’s confidence in our courts. We must be transparent and ensure that disputes are being resolved fairly through an open and efficient process.”
Judge Michael P. Donnelly

About Judge
Michael P. Donnelly

Judge Michael P. Donnelly has served on the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court since 2005. He served as chair of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism and is a current member of both the Ohio State Board of Bar Examiners and the Ohio Jury Instruction Committee. He was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court Death Penalty Task Force in 2013.

Judge Donnelly is a graduate of St. Ignatius High School and John Carroll University and received his Juris Doctor degree from Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Judge Donnelly is a proud recipient of the Honorable William K. Thomas Professionalism Award from the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Judge Donnelly has also received the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA) 2017 Public Service Award.

Before serving on the Court of Common Pleas, Judge Donnelly was an assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor from 1992 until 1997. He then went on to practice civil ligation, where he represented plaintiffs and injured workers in asbestos litigation, personal injury lawsuits, and workers’ compensation claims.

Judge Donnelly serves on the board of the Cleveland Baseball Federation, which helps inner-city boys and girls play baseball and softball in the summer at no charge. He has also been involved with the new Western Reserve Fire Museum, which educates children about fire safety.

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