|seen in 2008|
|Justice, Supreme Court|
May 2003 – December 31, 2012
(scheduled end of term)
|Nominated by||Governor Robert A. Taft II|
|Preceded by||Deborah L. Cook|
|Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Appeals|
|Preceded by||Frank Celebrezze|
|Judge, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court|
|Alma mater||Kent State University (B.S.)
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D.
He graduated in 1964 from St. Edward High School, an all-boys catholic high school on Cleveland's west side. He did his undergraduate studies at Kent State University, graduating with a degree in political science in 1968. He earned his Juris Doctor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1971.
He later clerked for Ohio Supreme Court Justice J.J.P. Corrigan in 1971 and then clerked for Judge John V. Corrigan and Judge John M. Manos on the 8th District Court of Appeals in Cuyahoga County, where he later returned as an appellate judge.
He served as a Cuyahoga County, common pleas court judge for 15 years until 1994, when he ran for a seat on the Ohio Court of Appeals for the Eighth District against former Ohio Chief Justice Frank Celebrezze. He defeated Celebrezze and served on the Eighth District bench until his resignation to run for the Ohio Supreme Court in 2000 in a failed attempt to unseat Ohio Supreme Court Justice Alice Robie Resnick.
In 2003, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Deborah L. Cook resigned from the court to accept an appointment by the George W. Bush administration to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Governor Robert A. Taft II then appointed O'Donnell to fill the vacancy, effective May 2003. On November 2, 2004, O'Donnell won a special election, defeating Democrat William M. O'Neill with 61% of the vote, entitling him to finish Cook's term, which ended in 2006. He won re-election in 2006, again defeating O'Neill by almost 20 points, and was sworn in January 2007 to a full six-year term.
Ruling in Favor of Campaign Contributors 
In 2006 the New York Times reported that Justice O'Donnell ruled in favor of his campaign contributors 91 percent of the time, more than any other Ohio Supreme Court justice.
Personal life 
He and his wife Mary Beth reside in Rocky River, Ohio, and have four children: Terrence, Michael, Colleen - all of whom are attorneys - and Nora.
See also 
- Ohio Supreme Court
- List of Ohio politicians
- New York Times Article on Justice O'Donnell
- Harwood, Carol (6 September 2004). "College of Arts and Sciences celebrates 75 years". eInside.
- Liptak, Adam; Roberts, Janet (1 October 2006). "Campaign Cash Mirrors a High Court's Rulings". The New York Times.
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