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Judge Mary J. Boyle was first elected to the Eighth District Court of Appeals in 2006 and reelected in 2012. Judge Boyle continues to bring her passion for the law and commitment to justice to the appellate bench, where she was elected by her colleagues to serve as the court’s Administrative Judge in 2014.

Prior to joining the appellate court, Judge Boyle served ten years as a judge in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, General Division. While at the Common Pleas Court, she was instrumental in the creation of a Mental Health Court, where she also served as Chair, designated judge, and a member of its advisory board.

Judge Boyle was awarded the Golden Gavel Award in 2006 for her service in the trial court.

Before being elected to the bench, Judge Boyle enjoyed an active civil practice with the law firm of Zashin and Rich, LPA, where she litigated in numerous courts in Ohio, including domestic relations, probate, juvenile, general division, municipal, and federal. She also served on the Board of Zoning Appeals for the city of North Olmsted.

Judge Boyle developed her passion for the law and dispute resolution processes at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where she received her B.A. degree. Judge Boyle received her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She is a regular presenter of legal education.

Judge Boyle is an active member of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Dispute Resolution and its advisory committee. Serving as Chair of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission and Advisory Committee on Dispute Resolution from 2008 through 2016, she remains an active member and presides over its strategic planning subcommittee, among other committees. She also serves on the Executive Board for the Ohio Courts of Appeals Judges’ Association and the Ohio Judicial College Court Administration, as well as on the Civil Law and Procedures committees. Judge Boyle is a trained mediator and a member of the Cleveland Employment Law American Inn of Court.

Judge Boyle is active in many civic and community organizations. She has been on the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Law Library Association since 2013. She regularly participates in Ohio’s mock trial for high school undergraduates and law students, Cleveland’s Rotary Club’s New Generations Conference and Recognition Day. And she volunteers in the 3R’s program through the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association where she presents at Cleveland public schools.

Judge Boyle is a proud mother, residing in Cuyahoga County with her family.

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