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Mary Jane Trapp
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Practice Areas:
Mediation and Arbitration; Appellate Practice; Complex Civil & Criminal Litigation; Personal Injury

Mount Holyoke College, A.B., Cum Laude
Case Western Reserve School of Law, J.D.

Ohio Supreme Court, Bar #0005315
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth District

Professional/Personal Associations:
American Bar Association, Past House of Delegates Member
American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
Ohio State Bar Association, Past President
Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District, Life Member
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Board of Directors
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
Ohio Women’s Bar Association, District 11 Trustee
Geauga County Bar Association, Executive Committee
Lake County Bar Association, Member
Portage County Bar Association, Member
Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Mentor
Boy Scouts of America, Citizenship Merit Badge Counselor
Lake County United Way Women’s Initiative, Charter Member
Geauga County United Way Women’s Initiative, Charter Member
Columbus School for Girls, National Alumnae Council Member

Southeast Ohio Food Bank Community Service Award, Led OSBA effort raising over $25,000, 2001
Ohio Association of Court Reporters, Legislative Award
Ohio Women’s Bar Association, Founder’s Award, 2009
Lake County Democratic Women’s Club, Woman of the Year, 2009
Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, Presidential Award for Pro Bono Service, 2011. Led the effort to establish pro bono foreclosure mediation in all five counties in the appellate district
First Ohio Court of Appeals judge to be awarded a Council of State Governments Henry Toll Fellowship, 2011
Kentucky Colonel, Commissioned September 6, 2011
Ohio State Bar Association, Nettie Cronise Lutes Award, 2012
Women’s Leadership Council Award, United Way Services of Geauga County, 2015-Led a Geauga Bar Association “One School, One Book” fundraising and book donation drive for the Ledgemont School District.
McGregor Foundation, Inspire Award winner, 2016
AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Ohio Super Lawyers® Magazine, 2015-2018


“Social Media Issues for Businesses: Facebook Face Offs and Twitter Twaddle,” Geauga Business Journal, Fall, 2015
“Transitioning from Judge to Advocate,” American Bar Association General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, GPSolo, Fall, 2015.
“The Motion In Limine as a Trojan Horse”, Ohio Lawyer Nov-Dec 2013, Pages 20-21
“Arbitration from the Arbitrator’s Perspective,” American Bar Association,  General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, GPSolo Volume: 32 Issue: 1
“Ten Lessons a Trial Lawyer Learned as an Appellate Judge,” CATA News, Cleveland   Academy of Trial Attorneys, Spring, 2013

More about Mary Jane…
Mary Jane’s state-wide practice focuses on appellate and trial advocacy in all areas of complex civil and criminal litigation and on providing mediation and arbitration services for attorneys, businesses, and governmental entities at the pre-trial, post-trial and appellate stages of a claim. She offers per case appellate consults to other private attorneys, law firms, prosecutors and other governmental law departments, and organizations. Her consulting services include trial court record review and case evaluation, brief review and writing, and conducting mock oral arguments. Her ADR experience ranges from consumer, business contract, and employment disputes to construction litigation, complex tort claims, insurance coverage disputes, probate, and real estate matters with claim size ranging from $25,000 to more than one million.

Mary Jane has a unique background with over 30 years as an experienced litigator and appellate judge who has both mediated and arbitrated cases and counseled clients through the ADR process. She returned to private practice after a six-year term on the Eleventh District Court of Appeals. She also served as a visiting judge on the Supreme Court of Ohio and in four sister districts across the state.