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Judge Michael E. Jackson

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(216) 348-4092
Renee M. Bianchi
(216) 443-8755
Courtroom Assistant:
Yufei Li
(216) 348-4008
Staff Attorney:
Robin C. Kunikis
(216) 443-8601
On Common Pleas
Bench Since:
January 3, 2013, serving a six-year term (elected November 2012).
Admitted to Bar:
Ohio - 1976; Illinois - 1975.
Covington, Kentucky
Shaker Heights
High School:
Middletown, Ohio School District, Lemon-Monroe High School
BA Ohio University, 1966 (1967 - 1971: United States Marine Corps; served as a combat officer in Vietnam in 1967-1968; awarded 5 personal decorations; the Purple Heart); attended MA program at Ohio University after the Marines, then decided to go to law school.
Law School:
JD, with Honors, Chicago–Kent/Illinois Institute of Technology, 1975.
Legal Experience:

Criminal: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Cuyahoga County: Mortgage Fraud, Economic Crime, and assisted in Major Trials. 6 years (most recent position)

Civil: Partner, Schwarzwald, McNair & Fusco (trial lawyer: plaintiff’s personal injury; union-side labor; general practice); Partner, Arter & Hadden n.k.a. Tucker & Ellis; (bankruptcy, oil and gas); Solo Practitioner; General Counsel & Vice President of publicly traded oil and gas company; Attorney for East Ohio Gas Company (management-side labor. AV Rated; Total of 30 years.

Formerly Adjunct Law Professor at: Case Western Law School (trial tactics and client counseling); Cleveland State College of Law (secured transactions) and; Akron Law School (bankruptcy).

General:Be prompt, professional, and prepared. You must notify the Court if you will be late.

Attorneys should be prepared to discuss settlement at the earliest opportunity. Mediation and arbitration will be used in cases where it is appropriate.

Discovery requests should be attached to a complaint, and discovery begins before the Case Management Conference. Additional pleadings that assert claims must allow attach discovery requests.

All questions, or scheduling concerns related to civil non-foreclosure cases should be directed to the Judicial Staff Attorney, only. All questions, or scheduling concerns related to civil foreclosure cases should be directed to the assigned Magistrate.

Pre-Trials: The Judicial Staff Attorney typically conducts all Case Management Conferences in person. Pretrial and Case Management Conferences are counsel only, unless it is a final pre-trial or settlement conference.

At the Case Management Conference, the parties should be prepared to enter into a case management order regarding time deadlines for discovery, expert reports, dispositive motions, final pretrial, and trial. The Court will consider whether the case is amenable to resolution through arbitration, mediation or other means of alternate dispute resolution.

The Court always schedules and holds a Case Management Conference before scheduling a Default Hearing if default judgment is pursued.

Motion Practice: Not Available At This Time.

Discovery: Discovery deadlines are typically established at the Case Management Conference.

DISCOVERY DISPUTES: Parties are expected to make all reasonable efforts to settle discovery disputes among themselves. Parties shall contact the Court's staff attorney, and initiate a telephone conference prior to filing any discovery motions (motion to compel, motion to quash, motion for protective order, etc.) Parties will be provided a full opportunity to make a record of any perceived discovery violations.

Settlement Conference: Not Available At This Time.

Calendaring and Continuances: Not Available At This Time.

Trials: Not Available At This Time.

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"The mission of the Court is to provide a forum for the fair, impartial and timely resolution of civil and criminal cases."

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