Colleen Mary O’Toole was first elected to the Eleventh District Court of Appeals in 2004. The Eleventh District Court of Appeals serves the counties of Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Portage and Trumbull. Judge O’Toole was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1991.
Committed to defending the Constitution Judge O'Toole began her legal career as a Cuyahoga county public defender serving in the appellate and criminal trial divisions. She later worked as in-house counsel within the insurance industry. In 1998 she opened her own law firm. Judge O’Toole has extensive experience in civil, criminal, and family law litigation. Judge O’Toole has decided over 1500 cases, including 72 murders, and authored over 500 opinions.
She is also an entrepreneur, founding her own award winning tech startup company: On Demand Interpretation Services LLC. A committed public servant, she has served on multiple boards and committees. She has three grown children. Judge O’Toole is an avid sportsperson. She is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, and enjoys target shooting as well as fishing. She lives on the Grand River in Lake County with her husband, a marine veteran and NRA instructor, and their rescue dog, Nalla O’Toole.