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Info from JudicialVotesCount.org - Judge of the Eleventh District Court of Appeals (Term Beginning 2/10/2019)

CANDIDATE CASEY OBRIEN

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Candidate: CASEY O'BRIEN

Website: http://www.caseyobrien.com
Occupation: Attorney

Education: JD + Cleveland Marshall College of Law + Cleveland State University

Work Experience:
General Practice Attorney + Ibold & O'Brien (formerly Petersen & Ibold) since 2000 + Lake County Prosecutor + Clerk 1997-1998 + Chardon Municipal Court Magistrate 2004-2006

Judicial Experience (courts and years): Chardon Municipal Court + Part Time Magistrate + 2004-2006

What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I am a partner with Ibold & O'Brien (formerly Petersen & Ibold) in Chardon, Ohio a general practice law firm, where I practice in the areas of personal injury, real estate, small business, collections, estate planning/probate criminal and general litigation. I practice throughout Northeast Ohio and have been named an Ohio Super Lawyer, a 10 Best Personal Injury Attorney, a Layer of Distinction and am listed in the Global Directory of Who's Who as a 2016 Top Lawyer. I am a member of the Ohio State, Ashtabula and Geauga County Bar Associations, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Order of Barristers following my national final appearance on behalf of the Cleveland Marshall College of Law Moot Court Program while in law school. I have experience in the Real Estate/Title Industry and have clerked for both the Lake County Prosecutor's office and a large Cleveland law firm. I am authorized to practice in all Ohio Courts, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the United States Tax Court.

Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I have a wealth of knowledge and 18 years legal experience which, when combined with my volunteer positions, have give me the ability to not only see both sides of most disputes, but to observe the impact Appellate decisions have on the lower Courts and everyday life of the citizens of Northeast Ohio. I believe that I have appeared in every court in the 11th district (Lake, Ashtabula, Trumbull, Portage and Geauga Counties) which has provided me a unique view of the wide array of differences between the citizens, businesses, civic organizations and governmental entities throughout this diverse district. It is these experiences, along with my core legal training under some of the best professors, attorneys and Judges in Northeast Ohio that have prepared me for this position. The 11th District Court of Appeals would be well served with the input of someone with my life experience and training in order to carry out the important tasks of reviewing the decisions of the lower Courts and the limited amount of Original jurisdiction cases it handles. If elected I will work hard to decrease the amount of time it takes to render a decision and help to lead efforts to establish specialized Courts, such as Mental Health, Veterans and Drug Courts throughout the district.



CANDIDATE MARY JANE TRAPP

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Candidate: MARY JANE TRAPP

Website: http://www.maryjanetrapp.com
Occupation: Attorney, mediator, and arbitrator

Education: A.B, cum laude, Mount Holyoke College and J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Work Experience:
31 years as a litigator and appellate counsel and 6 years as an appellate judge

Judicial Experience (courts and years): Eleventh District Court of Appeals Judge, term commencing February 9, 2007, and ending February 8, 2013; Administrative Judge, 2008-2009; Presiding and Administrative Judge, 2009-2011

What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
My career as a practicing attorney before serving as an appellate judge spanned a wide range of notable experiences, from serving as lead counsel in at least 25 major appellate cases and 30 major jury trials, to being certi×ed as co-counsel in capital cases. After my return to private practice in 2013, I have argued or consulted in over 25 major appellate cases, including case before the Supreme Court of Ohio.
In addition to the seminal cases of my career, I have had the opportunity to serve as counsel in over 100 arbitrations, small civil and criminal bench trials, at all levels of state court, including the Supreme Court of Ohio, common pleas and municipal courts, the Court of Claims; as well as being appointed by probate courts as counsel in civil commitment hearings including probable cause and full hearings. Most notably, I served as mediator, arbitrator, and as a guardian ad litem for children for the domestic relations court. On the federal level, I have had the opportunity to practice in the federal courts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. I also had the opportunity to practice before both state and federal administrative agencies.
In addition to lawyering, a major aspect of my professional life included active participation in community service as a bar association leader and volunteer at a local, state, and national level. Now returning to the private practice of law, I focus my state-wide practice on appellate and trial advocacy in all areas of complex civil and criminal litigation and on providing mediation and arbitration services for attorneys, businesses,and governmental entities at the pre-trial, post-trial and appellate stages of a claim. I provide pro bono legal representation to low income families as a legal aid volunteer, and I continue my work in the area of judicial administration and legal reform as one of four collaborators on the Cuyahoga County Bail Reform Task Force Report.

Why are you running for this particular court seat?
Thirty-six years ago I took my oath as an attorney-at-law. In taking that oath, I promised to support our constitution and faithfully follow the law. As an attorney, I work in the trenches of our justice system helping ordinary people with their extraordinary problems, representing working families, children at risk, and small business owners in courts across the state from small claims court to the Supreme Court of Ohio. As much as I enjoy my work as a litigator, I found my calling as a judge. The position gave me a chance to bring my years of courtroom experience and my passion for the law to a position of public service dedicated to ensuring the safety of our families and preserving a fair and impartial judicial system. Never a day goes by that I do not appreciate the enormous impact that court decisions have on people's lives.