Judge Cornelius J. O’Sullivan, Jr.
Judge Cornelius J. O'Sullivan, Jr., was appointed to the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals on December 15, 2021, by Governor Mike DeWine.
Prior to being appointed to the court of appeals, Judge O'Sullivan was a partner in a large litigation firm and practiced law in over 60 of Ohio's 88 counties. With more than 30 years of legal experience and over 26 years in civil litigation, Judge O'Sullivan routinely handled large loss matters and tried over 40 cases as the first chair attorney. Judge O'Sullivan's practice included catastrophic claims, wrongful death, construction defect, real estate, professional liability, long term care, trucking and UM/UIM litigation.
Judge O'Sullivan has been trained and certified to provide services as a professional mediator. He is past-president of the Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys and has been recognized by the Defense Research Institute (DRI) for his exceptional service. He has been a member of the DRI's Construction Law Steering Committee.
Judge O'Sullivan has provided his legal services on a Pro Bono basis to The City Mission, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. He has volunteered to be a "Partner in Justice" with the Legal Aid Society.
Judge O'Sullivan earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1990. While in law school he was an editor of the law review and a member of the flag football team that won the championship for the entire university.
Judge O'Sullivan graduated from John Carroll University in 1985 and was a member of the school's rugby and hockey teams. He graduated from St. Edward High School in 1981. He worked as a caddy at Westwood Country Club to help pay for grade school, was a Zamboni driver in high school and collected garbage for the City of Lakewood to pay for college.
Within the community, Judge O'Sullivan serves as Director of the Flock Community Meals at St. James and St. Luke Churches in Lakewood. This organization prepares and serves 200 plus meals a month at two separate locations. Judge O'Sullivan has written a manual on how to organize and establish a community meal. He is on the Alumni Board of St. Edward High School. The father of four Eagle Scouts, Judge O'Sullivan is a Scout Leader in BSA Troop 287 in Lakewood, Ohio.
Judge O'Sullivan and his wife Paula (Misencik) reside in Lakewood.