Meet the Candidate: John P. O’Donnell Justice Ohio Supreme Court

John P. O’Donnell is the Democratic Party nominee for the position of Justice on the Ohio Supreme Court.

Judge O’Donnell is a judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas in Ohio.

O’Donnell is running for election as judge of the Ohio Supreme Court. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Democratic primary on April 28, 2020.

O’Donnell is a Democratic judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. O’Donnell joined the court in 2007 and was re-elected in 2012. Although Ohio held partisan judicial primaries, general judicial elections were officially nonpartisan. He previously served on the court from 2002 to 2005.

O’Donnell was a 2016 candidate for the Ohio Supreme Court. He was defeated by Pat Fischer. He previously ran for the supreme court in 2014, unsuccessfully challenging Justice Judith French for her seat.

O’Donnell completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey in 2020. Click here to read the survey answers.


This November the election for Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court will be a close race. Whoever wins will preside over some of the biggest cases Ohio has seen in decades. The importance of this election cannot be ignored. Ohio needs the right candidate, and that candidate is Judge John P. O’Donnell.

Judge John P. O’Donnell is running for Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. John currently serves on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. He was first elected in 2002, and then again in 2006, 2012, and in 2018. The Cuyahoga County court is one of Ohio’s busiest, and during that time Judge O’Donnell presided over scores of jury trials in felony criminal cases and civil lawsuits. In 2008, Judge O’Donnell was selected by the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court to be one of only eight trial court judges in the state to preside over a commercial docket devoted strictly to business litigation. He has been responsible for over 2,000 commercial cases while still handling all other varieties of civil lawsuits and a felony criminal docket. He is the author of over one hundred judicial opinions.

Judge O’Donnell attended St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, Miami University in Oxford, and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Judge O’Donnell has served on the boards of several Northeast Ohio non-profit organizations, including the St. Malachi Center, the Cleveland Law Library Association, the Cuyahoga County Law Library Resource Board and Lakewood City Academy. He and his wife are raising five children in Lakewood.