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Kenneth R. Callahan

Cleveland: 216.685.4744


“The qualities of a good judge include patience, courage, firmness and the gifts of empathy and insight.”

Ohio Super Lawyers

-Thomson Reuters

Serving as a judge requires understanding the law and human affairs. 

Acquired from serving 16 years as a Common Pleas Court Judge, Ken grasps the core of an issue quickly. He applies his understanding and knowledge adjudicating matters often involving white collar crime and business litigation. Ken represents receivers in commercial matters, and has been appointed receiver by banks or other lenders to manage properties in lieu of bankruptcy and/or foreclosure or in conjunction with a foreclosure.

registered as a private judge under Ohio law

Registered as a Private Judge, Ken regularly serves as a Mediator and Arbitrator, successfully resolving disputes through his keen legal aptitude and vast judicial experience.

distinctions + awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyers - Business Litigation
  • Cuyahoga County Charter Review Commission - Member, Appointed by County Executive, Edward FitzGerald
  • Federal Judicial Commission for the Southern District of Ohio - Re-appointed by U.S. Senators Brown and Voinovich
  • William H. Rehnquist Honoree Award (2009)
  • Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge (1993-2009)
  • Golden Gavel Award - Ohio Common Pleas Judges (2008)
  • Outstanding Alumnus - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (2005)
  • Cardinal Bellarmine Award - St. Ignatius High School (2004)

articles + presentations

civic involvement

  • International Community Council - Board Member
  • Irish American Archives Society - Board Member
  • St. Ignatius High School - Arruppe Board Member
  • Cleveland Law Library - Former Board Member
  • Cleveland Civil War Roundtable - Past President
  • International Children's Games - Cultural Board (2005)

professional associations

  • Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court - Executive Committee; Past President
  • Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District - Life Member
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Lawyers Guild - President
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - Judicial Selection Committee, Vice Chair; ADR Committee
  • Ohio Common Pleas Court - Former ADR Advisory Board, Judicial Advisory Board
  • Common Pleas Court - Former Civil + Criminal Rules Committee
  • The Brehon Law Society - Founding Member (2013) 


Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D.

John Carroll University, B.A.

Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland



U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court - Northern District of Ohio