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Common Pleas Court Judges

Judge Nancy R. McDonnell

Judge Nancy R. McDonnell

It is with deep sadness that the Court announces the passing of Judge Nancy R. McDonnell on September 28, 2021.


Visiting Judge Timothy McGinty has been appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to preside over Judge McDonnell's docket until the governor appoints a replacement.

Courtroom: 17-B
Fax: (216) 348-4037

J.Farrell/Mary Spellacy
(216) 443-8756

Staff Attorney:

Nicole R. Block(216) 443-8612

On Common Pleas Bench Since: 1997
Admitted to Bar: 1985
Born: 1959
Residence: Lakewood, Ohio
High School: Regina High School, South Euclid, Ohio
College: The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 1982, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude
Law School: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1985, Officer in Student Bar Association

Legal Experience:

1986-1991 Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Assigned to the Criminal Division, Major Trial Division - Drug Unit; 1991-1996 Magistrate Lakewood Municipal Court; 1986 - present Participant in Trial Advocacy Program at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Litigation Preferences


CMC to be held approximately 90 days from filing.


Parties not required to be present.


Discovery may be extended with permission of the Court. Disputes should be worked out among the parties.

Settlement Conference

All parties must be present in person at the settlement conference and final pre-trial.

Calendaring and Continuances

Motion for continuances of trial will not be considered unless accompanied by an acknowledgment of request signed by client.


Generally begin at 10:00 am. All exhibits should be marked prior to trial.

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