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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.


 

Bridget M. O'Brien

Deputy Court Administrator-Staff Attorney

Ms. O’Brien joined the Eighth District Court of Appeals in 2003, where she served as judicial attorney for Judge Colleen Conway Cooney for a two-year term.  After working as an Assistant Director of Law for the city of Cleveland, she later returned to the court in 2008, serving as a judicial attorney for Judge Mary Jane Boyle for nine years.

Ms. O’Brien obtained her B.A. in International Studies from Miami University of Ohio and her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University.  Following admission to the Bar and prior to joining the court, she worked as a staff attorney for Common Pleas Court Judge David T. Matia.  


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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.


 

Janice Schwartz, En Banc Staff Attorney 

Since graduating summa cum laude from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 1999, Ms. Schwartz has had the privilege of serving as judicial attorney with the Eighth District Court of Appeals for Judge Terrence O’Donnell, Judge Patricia A. Blackmon, and Judge Tim McCormack, with the Eleventh District Court of Appeals for Judge Mary Jane Trapp, and with the Supreme Court of Ohio for Justice Terrence O’Donnell.  She has also worked for Squire Sanders & Dempsey, L.L.P., and Siegel Siegel Johnson & Jennings Co., L.P.A., and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Transportation Division in the Attorney General’s Office.  Prior to studying law, Ms. Schwartz received a Ph.d. in Linguistics from the Ohio State University.


 


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.


Mary Pat Horwitz, Administrative Counsel

Ms. Horwitz has been with the court since 1993. She received her B.A. in English from Hiram College where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She obtained her law degree from the Franklin Thomas Backus School of Law at Case Western Reserve University. Following her admission to the Bar, she served as a judicial attorney for Judge James M. Porter until 2000, Judge Colleen Conway Cooney until 2003, and Judge Patricia Ann Blackmon until 2016.


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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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