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James Satola

For Judge of the Shaker Heights Municipal Court
Unexpired Term Ending 12/31/2023

Candidate Details

  • Residence
    University Heights
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  • Age
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  • Education

    Case Western Reserve School of Law (J.D. 1989); The Ohio State University (B.S., Zoology 1984); Shaker Heights High School (Diploma 1979)

  • Work Experience

    Litigation: Private Practice (2011 to Present); Worldwide Law Firm (Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP, 1991 to 2010); Federal Judicial Law Clerk (1989 to 1991)

  • Affiliations

    Federal Bar Association Circuit Vice President, Sixth Circuit (2010-2016); Past Chair, 3Rs Program (Civics Education) Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (2015)

  • Endorsements

    Friends of James W. Satola for Judge

Question 1

List your judicial experience (courts and years)

Judicial Law Clerk, United States District Judge John M. Manos, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (1989-1991); Hearing Officer, Cuyahoga County Board of Revision (2010-2011).

Question 2

What non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?

LEGAL QUALIFACTIONS: Federal Bar Association, Circuit Vice President for the Sixth Circuit (National Officer) (2010-2016); Senior Attorney, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP (1991-2010); Law Clerk to United States District Judge John M. Manos, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (1989-1991); Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings; Ohio Super Lawyers (2006) (Top 5% of Attorneys in Ohio); Life Member, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference (2006 to Present); Sustaining Life Charter Fellow, Foundation of the Federal Bar Association; Past President, Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter (2002-2003); John M. Manos Inn of Court (American Inns of Court); Case Western Reserve Law Review, Articles Editor; Member of the Bar of Supreme Court of the United States, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, United States Courts of Appeal for the Second, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Eleventh Judicial Circuits, United States District Courts for the District of Arizona, Northern District of Ohio, and Southern District of Ohio; District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court of Ohio. PUBLISHED ARTICLES: Mr. Justice Stanton (The Federal Lawyer); How Magistrate Judges Are Selected, Appointed, and Reappointed (The Federal Lawyer); Thank You William K. Suter, 19th Clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court (The Federal Lawyer); Judicial Profile, Hon. Gregory White, U.S. Magistrate Judge (The Federal Lawyer); How to Enforce Your Foreign Trade Secrets in the United States (International Commercial Litigation); and numerous other articles.

Question 3

Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I have aspired to be a judge since the day I entered law school over 35 years ago. For me, finding the fair and right answer is is more important than crafting the “winning answer.” This calling is the reason I chose to begin my legal career with a clerkship with a legendary federal judge who was not only a fine judge, but also a dedicated teacher, where I received training and guidance on what it takes to be a dedicated judge. It is the reason I sought a litigation practice with a worldwide leading law firm, which allowed me to gain experience and exposure to a wide range of the law and cases in both state and federal courts, in matters simple and complex. It is also the reason I have been active in bar activities related to judicial matters and the trial and appellate processes. For me, judicial service is not just a job, but a calling. As to specific qualifications and qualities I would bring to the bench, I hope I have earlier expressed them here. I believe being a good judge requires above all an ability to listen, as well as possession of the qualities of intelligence, understanding, patience, respect, a calm and positive demeanor, and a sincere commitment to fairness. I believe I possess these qualities.