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Ohio Supreme Court Justice William Michael O'Neill

Official Website:  Justice Bill O'Neill


Justice William O'Neill served ten years on the 11th District Court of Appeals from 1997 to 2007. He is a graduate of Ohio University, Cleveland Marshall College of Law and Huron School of Nursing. Before being elected and re-elected to the Court of Appeals, he was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio from 1984 to 1996. He also sat by assignment on the Supreme Court of Ohio at the request of the Chief Justice.

Justice O'Neill is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam.

Before being sworn in as Justice, William O'Neill worked as a Registered Nurse in the Pediatric Emergency Department of Hillcrest Hospital, an affiliate of the Cleveland Clinic. Mrs. OíNeill died in a car accident in 1995; Justice O’Neill raised his four children as a single parent near Chagrin Falls.

FAMILY and LIFE

Bill O'Neill's whole life has been about service. He is a former Judge, an Army Officer, a Registered Nurse and an adoptive parent. Upon graduation from Ohio University with a degree in Journalism, he found himself on active duty with the United States Army three weeks later. As a young Lieutenant, he served in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal. He retired from the Ohio National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1996. In 2007, Governor Ted Strickland inducted Bill O'Neill into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

Bill's work career has been varied and interesting. He has been an apprentice Ironworker (Local 17); worked as a reporter for a small town newspaper (Sandusky Register); a television reporter for a major television station (Channel 4, Columbus); a union organizer for both the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO and the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA); a small business owner in Geneva On the Lake; a small town lawyer (Geneva); and a Pediatric Emergency Room Nurse at Hillcrest Hospital, an affiliate of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Bill went to law school on the GI Bill and served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio for twelve years before being elected to the 11th District Court of Appeals in 1996. He served two terms as Presiding Judge on the Court and sat by assignment on the Supreme Court of Ohio. In 2004 and 2006, Bill was the Democratic nominee for the Supreme Court and his legendary refusal to accept contributions as a Judge "No Money From No Body" landed him on the front page of the Sunday New York Times.  Click here for 'Money & Judges Don't Mix' video.

At age 50, Bill went back to school to become a nurse, and he worked nights in the pediatric ER of Hillcrest Hospital, an affiliate of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He's a proud father of four grown children, whom he raised alone after their mother, Shaylah, died in a car accident in 1995. His son Shawn served as a Loadmaster on a C-130 in Iraq and Afghanistan with the United States Air Force. Shawn's twin sister Katie was a community organizer in Portland Oregon for several years and is now a Senior at Ohio University. Tiffany O'Neill, another Ohio University graduate, is a co-owner and founder of Vegan Sweet Tooth in the Cleveland area; and Brandon, the youngest O'Neill child, attended The Ohio State University and Kent State. Today he is a logistical manager living in the Cleveland warehouse district.

Justice William Michael O'Neill
The Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215-3436
614-387-9000

Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals - Judge Thomas J. Osowik * Judge Mark L. Pietrykowski * Judge Arlene Singer

Website:  Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals 


Ohio Courts of Appeals are established by the Ohio Constitution and serve as intermediate appellate courts. The State of Ohio is divided into twelve appellate districts.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals has its principal seat in Toledo located in Lucas County. The Sixth District is comprised of Erie, Fulton, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams and Wood counties.

The court hears appeals from cases arising in the Courts of Common Pleas (except cases in which the death penalty was imposed for offenses committed after January 1, 1996), County District Courts, and Municipal Courts within the Sixth District. The court has concurrent jurisdiction with the Ohio Supreme Court to hear appeals from the County Board of Tax Appeals. The court exercises original jurisdiction in quo warranto, mandamus, habeas corpus, prohibition, and procedendo.

Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals
One Constitution Avenue
Toledo, OH 43604
419-213-4755 (office); 419-213-4844 (fax)

Erie County Common Pleas Court, General Division - Judge Tygh M. Tone

Erie County Common Pleas Court - General Division

EDUCATION
University of Toledo, B.A., 1984
University of Toledo, College of Law, J.D., 1987

PROFESSIONAL CAREER
Clerk to the Honorable Melvin L. Resnick (deceased)
Lucas County Common Pleas Court (1985-1989)

Assistant County Prosecutor, Criminal Division
Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office, Toledo, Ohio (1989-1990)

Associate - William, Jilek, Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LPA
Toledo, Ohio (1990-1992)

Partner - Tone, Grubbe, McGory & Vermeeren, LPA
Sandusky, Ohio (1992-2004)

Assistant County Prosecutor, Criminal Division
Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office, Port Clinton, Ohio (1992-1994)

Assistant Prosecutor, Criminal Division
Sandusky City Law Department, Sandusky, Ohio (2000-2004)

Judge, Erie County Common Pleas Court - General Division
Elected to six-year term beginning January 1, 2005
Re-elected to third six-year term beginning January 1, 2017

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Ohio State Bar Association
Toledo Bar Association
Erie County Bar Association
Ohio Judicial College
       Committees:                      
            Court Administration
            Judicial Bench Book
Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association
Ohio Supreme Court of the Ohio Judicial College, Faculty Member

Judge Tygh M. Tone
Erie County Courthouse
323 Columbus Avenue, 3rd Floor
Sandusky, OH 44870
419-627-7731 (office); 419-627-6602 (fax)

Erie County Common Pleas Court, General Division - Judge Beverly K. McGookey

 

Erie County Probate Court

Judge Beverly K. McGookey
Erie County Courthouse
323 Columbus Avenue, 2nd Floor
Sandusky, OH 44870
419-627-7782 (office); 419-627-6600 (fax)

Erie County Municipal Court Judge Paul G. Lux

 

Erie County Municipal Court

Judge Paul G. Lux
Erie County Municipal Courthouse
150 W Mason Road
Milan, OH 44846
419-499-4689 (office); 419-499-3300 (fax)

Sandusky Municipal Court Judge Erich J. O’Brien

http://www.sanduskymunicipalcourt.org/


EDUCATION 

University of Toledo College of Law
(Juris Doctor)- 1978 

University of Toledo 
Master of Public Administration- 1976 

Bowling Green State University
Graduated Cum Laude with arts 
and science degree in Political
Science and History-1974

EXPERIENCE
1996 to present 
Judge of Sandusky Municipal Court 
     Elected in 1995 to 1st term (1996 to 2001) 
     Re-elected in 2001 to 2nd term (2002 to 2007) 
     Re-elected in 2007 to 3rd term (2008 to 2013) 

1982-1995 
Executive Director for Erie County Legal 
Aid and the Public Defender for Erie County

1979-1982 
Staff Attorney for Erie County Legal Aid 
and the Public Defender for Erie County

1978-1979 
Consumer Protection Agency-City of Toledo 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • Member, Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio, Inc.
  • Member, Founding Committee for Erie County’s Drug Court Program-Benchmark
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Erie County Bar Association
  • Member, Erie County Corrections Planning Board
  • Former Member, Exchange Club of Sandusky

Judge Erich J. O’Brien
Sandusky Municipal Court
222 Meigs Street
Sandusky, OH 44870
419-627-5920 (office)

Vermilion Municipal Court Judge W. Zack Dolyk

http://www.vermilionmunicipalcourt.org/


The Honorable W. Zack Dolyk was elected Judge of the Vermilion Municipal Court in November, 2007 and is presently serving a six-year term that commenced January 1, 2008.

The Vermilion Municipal Court is a single-judge municipal court created in 1965. Judge Dolyk had served a number of years as Acting Judge in the Vermilion Municipal Court.

Judge Dolyk earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ohio Northern University and his Juris Doctor Degree from Ohio State University. He has been in private practice and has maintained a Vermilion office since having been admitted to the Ohio State Bar in 1978.

He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Erie County Bar Association and the Lorain County Bar Association.  Judge Dolyk has served as an officer and trustee of a number of local charitable organizations and foundations.

Judge W. Zack Dolyk
Vermilion Municipal Court
687 Decatur Street
Vermilion, Ohio 44089
440-204-2430 (office); 440-204-2431 (fax)