Judge John P. O’Donnell has begun serving a three-year term on the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court’s Commercial Docket. Judge O’Donnell took over from Judge Nancy Fuerst, who did not seek reappointment when her term ended on December 31, 2022.
At the end of a three-year term, a blind draw is conducted of the Court’s General Division Judges who express interest in being on the Commercial Docket. During the November 2022 Judges’ Meeting, Judge O’Donnell was the only Judge to submit his name for the draw, and the selection was approved by a vote of the Judges.
The four Judges on the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Commercial Docket hear cases involving business-to-business disputes, including liquidations, trade secret disputes, non-compete contracts and shareholder disagreements. The docket is designed to resolve such cases more quickly, while establishing consistence and expertise among the docket’s judges.
The Cuyahoga County Commercial Docket also includes Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams, Judge Peter Corrigan, and Judge Michael Russo.
The Commercial Docket Program is available to Ohio counties with either six or more General Division judges, or populations exceeding 300,000. Establishing a Commercial Docket is up to each individual court.