Judge O’Connell was elected a General Division Judge in 2006. He serves as the Civil Practice Committee Chair, and also serves on the Budget, Executive, and Personnel Committees. Judge O’Connell received his B.A. from the University of Dayton in 1977 and his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1980.
From 1980-1990, Judge O’Connell was in the private practice of law. He maintained a general practice with Baver, Messham & Bookwalter Co., L.P.A., initially, and then with Ensley & Eilerman Co., L.P.A. In 1990, Judge O’Connell was appointed as a Referee in the General Division. He served in that position for 16 years with the last three years as Chief Magistrate.
Judge O’Connell serves on the Board of Trustees of Nova Behavioral Health. He also serves on the Executive Committee for the Ohio Judicial Conference. He is a member of the American, Ohio and Dayton Bar Associations, and the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court.
Judge O’Connell has taught continuing legal education seminars for the Dayton Bar Association, Ohio Association of Magistrates and the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Association of Magistrates.
Judge O’Connell’s courtroom is courtroom 11. It is located on the fourth floor at the end of the hallway on the right-hand side.