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Common Pleas Court Judges

Judge Brendan J. Sheehan

Judge Brendan J. Sheehan

Courtroom: 22-C
Fax: (216) 348-4032

Leo R. Blatt
(216) 443-8685

Staff Attorney:

Jayne L. Jakubaitis
(216) 443-8611

On Common Pleas Bench Since: 2009
Admitted to Bar: 1994
Born: 1967
High School: St. Edward High School
College: Baldwin Wallace College
Law School: Cleveland Marshall College of Law; Masters in Judicial Studies, University of Nevada, 2013

Legal Experience:

Chief Law Clerk at the United States District Court, Northern District for The Honorable Donald C. Nugent; Civil Practice at Brown & Margolius; Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Major Trial Unit

Litigation Preferences


THE COURTROOM IS A PLACE OF RESPECT. All individuals appearing in Court are to treat all other individuals in Court with respect without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic status.


Attorneys should be prepared to discuss settlement at the earliest opportunity. The Court will conduct settlement conferences whenever appropriate. The Court endeavors to resolve cases within one year of filing, absent extraordinary circumstances.

Pro se litigants are, by law, presumed to know the law and correct procedure (and must accept the results of their errors). The court sits as an impartial arbiter and all litigants will be treated equally.

Civil Case Management Conference

The Court refers the parties to the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's endorsed Civil Case Management Order. Case specific scheduling will be established at the Case Management Conference. For a printable copy of the Order, please click here:  CLEVELAND METROPOLITAN BAR ASSOCIATION ENDORSED CASE MANAGEMENT ORDER

Case Management Conferences are conducted via telephone unless the parties request otherwise. In person conferences with the Court may be scheduled in lieu of the telephonic CMC upon request. Prior to the CMC, counsel for plaintiff(s) shall confer with all opposing counsel and unrepresented parties to organize the conference call to the Court. Plaintiff's counsel is to initiate the call with all other counsel present to the Staff Attorney at 216-443-8611. Parties are to have their calendars available and should be prepared to discuss service issues, discovery progress, and scheduling matters.


Any party who fails to participate in the CMC will be deemed to have accepted the scheduling order established by the Court.


Pre-trials are conducted in person unless prior arrangements have been made with the Court and all parties. If the pre-trial appearance is to be conducted by telephone, the plaintiff shall initiate the conference call to the Court's bailiff, Leo Blatt, at (216) 443-8685. Parties are to be prepared to discuss settlement at pre-trials. All pre-trials are counsel only unless it is a final pre-trial or settlement conference.

Motion Practice

Parties are required to confer with the Court prior to filing any discovery motions (see Discovery Disputes, below).

Courtesy Copies

Parties are required to deliver a hard copy of all motions exceeding 5 pages in length to the Court. Delivery may be made by leaving a copy with the bailiff in Courtroom 22C.


Initial discovery deadlines are established at the CMC. Subsequent discovery deadlines are addressed at pre-trials throughout the course of the case.

Discovery Disputes

Parties are expected to make all reasonable efforts to settle discovery disputes among themselves. Parties are required to contact the 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.


Parties may, by mutual agreement, extend the deadline for completing discovery; provided, any such extension shall not, under any circumstances, alter any other court-scheduled events, deadlines, or mediation.

Settlement Conference

The parties may request a settlement conference at any time. The parties may request a settlement conference at any time. All parties and chosen representatives must be present with full, final, and immediate settlement authority. If the real party in interest is an insurance company, corporation, common carrier, or other artificial entity, then the chosen representative must be the person with full, final, and immediate authority to negotiate and enter into a binding settlement agreement as to all claims. A governmental entity shall send a representative authorized to act on its behalf.

Parties are expected to negotiate in good faith; failure to do so may result in sanctions.

Calendaring and Continuances

Parties seeking continuances of scheduled court dates, other than trial dates, must file a motion indicating the consent of all parties and alternate available dates for rescheduling. No continuances will be granted until a new date is calendared with the Court.

Consistent with Local Rule 17, continuances of trial may be granted for good cause shown. Motions to Continue must be in writing, state the reason for the request, and be endorsed in writing by the parties as well as counsel. Agreed motions, signed by all parties and counsel, will be granted absent unusual circumstances or undue delays. All Motions to Continue must state alternate trial dates within 4 weeks of the scheduled trial date.


Judge Sheehan's Trial Order

Default Judgments

Default Hearing

Default judgment hearings are held in Courtroom 22C. Parties are required to be present. Plaintiff’s attorney is required to bring to the hearing the following items: -judgment entry; -affidavit signed by the plaintiffs' attorney averring compliance with all service requirements in accordance with applicable statutes and rules; -affidavit signed by the plaintiff(s) or plaintiffs' representative proving damages.

Default Notification

Plaintiffs are required to notify, in writing, all parties against whom default judgment is sought of the time and date of the default hearing by regular and certified mail, return receipt requested, at least fourteen (14) days in advance of the hearing date. Proof of mailing is required at the hearing. Certified mail receipt or proof of certified

Recent Opinions

Title Case Number
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State of Ohio v. Patterson (2) 595183(CR)
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Aniton v. Case Western Reserve University 711485
Matteo v Cleveland Clinic 757017
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Lavalais v. Cleveland Clinic Foundation 791743
Makozy v. Trush 803617
Rodgers v. Cleveland Building and Construction 850105
McKelvey v. Howard Hanna Smythe Cramer 650472
Praizner v. Cleats Restaurants 721574
State of Ohio v. Welch 556308(CR)
Makozy v. Trush 803617
Rodgers v. Cleveland Building and Construction 850105
McKelvey v. Howard Hanna Smythe Cramer 650472
Praizner v. Cleats Restaurants 721574
State of Ohio v. Welch 556308(CR)
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