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OHIO COURT OF APPEALS - EIGHTH APPELLATE DISTRICT
STAFF ATTORNEYS

The Staff Attorneys, who have offices of the second floor of the Cuyahoga County Court House, conduct legal research, prepare legal memoranda, assist the Judges on a wide range of legal subjects, and respond to inquiries by attorneys and litigants on court procedure.


 

Erin M. O'Toole, Staff Attorney

Ms. O’Toole joined the court in 2001. She obtained her B.A. in English, magna cum laude, from Loyola University of Chicago and her J.D., cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Ms. O’Toole served as judicial attorney for Appellate Judge James J. Sweeney until 2012 and then for Appellate Judge Sean C. Gallagher until her appointment as staff attorney in 2013. Prior to joining the court, Ms. O’Toole practiced primarily in litigation as an associate for Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg, LPA.


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David F. Parchem, Staff Attorney

Mr. Parchem has been with the court since 1990. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, and J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

Following admission to the Bar in 1980, he was Law Clerk for District Court Judge John M. Manos, associate with the firm of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, associate with the firm of Ward, Marein and Gillette and in private practice.


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Andrew N. Rodak, Staff Attorney

Mr. Rodak joined the court in 1987. He received his B.A. from Cleveland State University, and J.D. from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Following admission to the Bar, he was a Law Clerk for Common Pleas Court Judges Daniel O. Corrigan and David T. Matia, Law Clerk for Appellate Judge David T. Matia and, in 1994, was assigned his present position.


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Christine M. Wallace, En Banc Staff Attorney 

Ms. Wallace has been with the court since 1998. She received her her B.A. in English, magna cum laude, with Departmental Honors, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University. 

Following her admission to the Bar in 1985, Ms. Wallace served as a law clerk for Appellate Judge Richard M. Markus, after which she was an associate with the firm of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff. She also served as a law clerk for United States District Judges Alvin I. Krenzler, Paul R. Matia, and Lesley Brooks Wells. She returned to the Eighth District in 1998 as a judicial attorney for Appellate Judge Kenneth A. Rocco. She was appointed to her present position in December 2010.


 


OHIO COURT OF APPEALS - EIGHTH APPELLATE DISTRICT
CONFERENCE ATTORNEYS

The Conference Attorneys, who have offices on the first floor of the Cuyahoga County Court House, conduct the Appellate Court's Prehearing Conference Program established in 1991. The program is designed to settle civil cases before the parties in pending appeals incur the expense and time required to bring the dispute to oral argument and judicial decision.


 

Ellen Ashwill, Senior Conference Attorney

Ms. Ashwill has been with the Court since 1986.  In April, 2010 she was appointed Senior Conference Attorney of the Court’s appellate conferencing program.  She has received specialized training in negotiation and mediation through Capital University. She continues to receive specialized training through the Supreme Court of Ohio.

She received her B.A. magna cum laude from Cleveland State University and her J.D. degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  Following admission to the Bar, she was a Law Clerk for Appellate Judge Thomas J. Parrino, then served as a Staff Attorney for the Court of Appeals.  In 1992, Ms. Ashwill became the court’s Conference/Motions Attorney, a position she held until her recent appointment.


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David A. Shively, Conference Attorney

Mr. Shively joined the Court in 2001 as a staff attorney. He was appointed to the position of Conference Attorney in April 2010.  Mr. Shively has received specialized training in mediation and negotiation sponsored by the Supreme Court of Ohio.

He received his B.A. from Miami University, and J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law.  Following admission to the Bar in 1990, he served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, was a special assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and is currently serving as a Command Judge Advocate in the Army Reserve.  Mr. Shively served two tours of duty overseas in both Afghanistan and Iraq.  Prior to coming to the Court of Appeals, Mr. Shively was an associate in private practice with the firm of Palecek, McIlvaine, Paul and Hoffman., L.P.A.


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