Office: Cuyahoga County – Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court
Residence: Westlake, OH
Education: B.A. Cum Laude – John Carroll University (Alpha Sigma Nu
Jesuit Honors Society), M.A. – John Carroll University, J.D. – Cleveland
Marshall College of Law- Cleveland State University
Work Experience: Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judicial
Staff Attorney; Cuyahoga County Public Defender; Cuyahoga County
Prosecutor; Steuer, Escovar, Berk & Brown Co. LPA Law Clerk; Marta &
Wasil Co. LPA Law Clerk
Affiliations: Admitted to Practice, Ohio, May 1998; Admitted to
Practice, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, June, 1998;
Admitted to Practice, Washington D.C., March 1999; Lifetime Member
of the Judicial Conference of the Ohio 8th Appellate District; Cleveland
Metropolitan Bar Association Member
Bar Association Ratings: N/A
(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):
Magistrate – Juvenile Court Diversion Program – Pro Bono – 2001-
2016. Presided over hearings involving first-time and misdemeanor
juvenile offenders. Listened to testimony of police officers, juveniles,
and their parents. Rendered dispositions, including community service,
curfew, random drug screens, attending drug awareness courses and
referrals for counseling.
Common Pleas Court Judicial Staff Attorney – 2005-present.
Maintained and coordinated civil docket. Cases included personal
injury, contract, property, class action, medical malpractice, nursing
home abuse, wrongful death, and insurance litigation. Conducted case
management conferences, default hearings, pretrials, and settlement
conferences on behalf of the court. Researched legal issues and wrote
memoranda of law advising court on proper dispositions of motions and
proper rulings at hearings, and aided the court in the resolution and
settlement of hundreds of cases.
(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a
I not only have experience in civil law working as a Judicial Staff
Attorney, but I have extensive criminal law experience as well. I worked
at both the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and the Cuyahoga
County Public Defender’s Office, researching and trying numerous
cases. I also worked at two law firms in private practice. Before I started
my legal career I obtained a Master of Arts degree and was a board
member for The Cleveland Sculpture Center. I did extensive research
and writing, and contributed to and co-authored two publications with
the Library of Congress.
(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I am currently employed at Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court as
a Judicial Staff Attorney. I have worked for the Court’s General Division
for over 13 years, and have extensive knowledge and experience
handling civil cases. Civil cases make up approximately 70 percent of a
Judge’s docket at the General Division of Common Pleas Court.
I also have extensive experience working as both a Prosecutor and a
Public Defender on criminal cases. This unique experience of being
both a Prosecutor and Public Defender has taught me the importance
of being honest, impartial, and fair. I have been an attorney in excellent
standing for twenty years. I have the work ethic, experience, skills, and
knowledge to preside over both civil and criminal cases as an impartial
and excellent Judge. Thus, I know that I am an excellent candidate to
serve as a Judge for the entire community.