Judge Eileen T. Gallagher

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Judge Eileen T. Gallagher was elected to the Eighth District Court of Appeals in 2012, and brings her dedication and enthusiasm of the law to the reviewing bench.


Prior to joining the appellate court, Judge Gallagher served as trial judge for eight years in the Cuyahoga County  Common Pleas Court, General Division. During her tenure on the bench, she served on many court and  community committees. Most notably, she served as Chair of the Foreclosure Committee and was instrumental in creating a nationally recognized foreclosure mediation program.


Judge Gallagher earned a diploma in nursing from St. Vincent Charity Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of  Nursing degree from Ursuline College, and obtained her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law,  Cleveland State University.


Before being elected to the bench, Judge Gallagher was a sole practitioner, a judicial staff attorney in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, General Division, a magistrate in the Foreclosure Department of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, General Division, and an assistant prosecuting attorney, in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office.


Since starting with the court, she has served on the following court committees: Law Review, Policy and Procedure, Personnel, Budget and Finance, En Banc and Mediation, and Court Safety Committees. Judge Gallagher has been a member of many professional, civic, and community organizations. She is a presenter at various continuing education programs. She enjoys participating in Moot Court and the Court’s internship program for law students. She has or is currently serving as a Board member of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Technology and the Courts, Judicial Ethics, Professionalism and Diversity Committee, Appellate Law and Procedure Committee for the Ohio Judicial Conference, Designee for Judicial Campaign Grievances, and Executive Committee member for the 22nd Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District. She served as Administrative Judge for Ohio’s Eighth Appellate District in 2020.