Cleveland: Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Brendan J. Sheehan has been elected by his colleagues to be the next Administrative Judge of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court General Division.
Judge Sheehan was chosen during the monthly meeting of the Court’s judges on Wednesday, October 16. He will begin his two-year term in January, taking over from Judge John J. Russo, who did not seek re-election after six years as Administrative Judge.
The Administrative Judge is responsible for overseeing Court operations, appointing committees, presiding over the Court’s docket, and speaking about Court policy.
“I am honored that my colleagues are entrusting me with this responsibility,” says Judge Sheehan. “We are a forward thinking Court, and I look forward to continuing the efforts of the Administrative Judges I have served with. Judge Nancy McDonnell, Judge Nancy Fuerst, and Judge John Russo have set a high standard for the position.”
Judge Sheehan has been on the Common Pleas Court Bench since January 2009. He received his law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1994 and earned a Master's in Judicial Studies from the University of Reno, Nevada, in 2013. Prior to assuming the bench, Judge Sheehan practiced as a civil and criminal litigator for 14 years.
Judge Sheehan is currently the chair of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judicial Case Flow Committee. He is also an appointee to the Ohio Supreme Court Committees on Professionalism and Ohio Jury Instruction. Judge Sheehan is a trustee for the Ohio Common Pleas Judges’ Association and a former trustee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. He also presides over the Court’s Violence Intervention Program (VIP), a pilot program designed to change thinking when it comes to the potential use of guns.
Judge Sheehan is a graduate of St. Edward High School and Baldwin Wallace University.