Michael P. Donnelly

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Michael P. Donnelly
Associate Justice of the
Supreme Court of Ohio
Assumed office
January 1, 2019
Preceded byTerrence O'Donnell
Judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 1, 2019
Personal details
Born (1966-08-30) August 30, 1966 (age 53)
Cleveland, Ohio
ResidenceCleveland Heights, Ohio
EducationJohn Carroll University (B.A.)
Cleveland–Marshall College of Law (J.D.)

Michael P. Donnelly (born August 30, 1966) is a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio. He formerly served as a Judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.


Donnelly was born August 30, 1966.[1] He received his Bachelor of Arts from John Carroll University and his Juris Doctor from the Cleveland–Marshall College of Law.[2]

Legal career[edit]

Before serving on the Court of Common Pleas, 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. He served in the offices of Davis & Young from 1997–1999 and then Climaco, Lefkowitz, Peca, Wilcox & Garofoli from 1999–2004.[3]

State judicial service[edit]

He currently serves as a judge on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas General Division in Cleveland, Ohio. He first joined the court on January 3, 2005.[1]

Ohio Supreme Court[edit]

On January 3, 2018 Donnelly announced his candidacy as a Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, seeking to replace Terrence O'Donnell, who reached the mandatory retirement age.[4] On November 6, 2018 Donnelly defeated his Republican opponent Judge Craig Baldwin who sits on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Ohio 61 percent to 39 percent.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Donnelly is a registered Democrat.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court". cp.cuyahogacounty.us. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  2. ^ a b Borchardt, Jackie (2018-11-05). "Ohio 2018 election: Who's running for Ohio Supreme Court?". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  3. ^ "Judge Michael P. Donnelly". Ohio Democratic County Chairs Association. 2018-01-04. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  4. ^ Ludlow, Randy (2018-01-03). "Cleveland judge announces Ohio Supreme Court candidacy". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  5. ^ Saker, Anne (2018-11-06). "Ohio Supreme Court: Democrats break Republican lock, pick up two seats". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  6. ^ "Democrats win Supreme Court; Republicans Appeals Court - Pomeroy Daily Sentinel". Pomeroy Daily Sentinel. 2018-11-07. Retrieved 2018-11-13.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Terrence O'Donnell
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio