Tim Grendell

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Tim Grendell
Current Court Information:
Geauga County Court of Common Pleas, Ohio
Title:   Judge
Position:   Probate/Juvenile Court
Appointed by:   Gov. John Kasich
Active:   2011-2015
Preceded by:   Charles Henry
Past post:   Member, Ohio Senate
Past term:   2005-2011
Past post 2:   Member, Ohio House of Representatives
Past term 2:   2000-2004
Personal History
Born:   April 17, 1953
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   John Carroll University, 1975
Law School:   Case Western Reserve School of Law, 1978
Grad. School:   University of Virginia Law School, 1983
Military service:   U.S. Army
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Geauga County Court of Common Pleas
State:  Ohio
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/6/2012
Election vote:  75.15%ApprovedA

Tim Grendell is a judge on the Geauga County Court of Common Pleas, Probate and Juvenile Division, serving Geauga County, Ohio. He was appointed to the court by Governor John Kasich in September 2011 to fill a vacancy created by the death of Judge Charles Henry. Grendell was then elected to the court in November 2012 to serve out the remainder of Henry's term which expires on February 8, 2015.[1]

On June 3, 2013, Grendell was assigned by Judge Maureen O'Connor to assist with the Lake County Probate Court proceedings. He will be assisting retired judge, R.R. Denny Clunk, who is on a special three-month assignment to fill the vacancy on the court created by the death of former judge Ted Klammer. Sitting judges have been assigned to assist the Lake County Probate Court until a permanent judge is appointed by Governor John Kasich.[2]

Appointment to court

The process during which Grendell was chosen as a new member of the court was controversial and full of in-party bickering. A widely circulated rumor was that Senate Republicans pressured Governor John Kasich to appoint Grendell, in order to get him out of the legislature, because of his opposition to parts of the Republican agenda.

This did not sit well with the chairman of the Geauga County GOP, Ed Ryder, who was also a nominee for the seat. The county Republican party created a list of nominees to forward to the governor, standard practice in Ohio, and did not include Grendell. This in turn did not sit well with Grendell.

Eventually, Governor John Kasich screened all thirteen applicants and selected Grendell to fill the vacancy.[3]


Grendell received his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University in 1975, his J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law in 1978, and his LL.M. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1983.[1]


Grendell served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps in the United States Army.[1]


  • 2011-2015: Judge, Geauga County Juvenile and Probate Court
  • 2005-2011: Member, Ohio Senate
  • 2000-2004: Member, Ohio House of Representatives
  • 1999-2011: Attorney/Principal, Grendell and Simon Co., LLP
  • 1993-1998: Attorney/Partner, Taft Stettinius and Hollister Grendel and Marrer Co., LLP
  • 1991-1999: Attorney, Grendell and Targrove Company
  • 1990-1993: Partner, Speith, Bell, McCurdy and Newell
  • 1984-1990: Attorney/Partner, Zonco, Day, Reavis, Pogue
  • 1978-1983: Captain, United States Army
  • 1978: Admitted to the Ohio Bar[1][4][5]

2012 election

Grendell defeated Timothy H. Snyder in the general election on November 6, winning 75.15% of the vote.[6] [7]

See also: Ohio judicial elections, 2012 - Courts of Common Pleas

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