Judge Diane Victoria Grendell
The honorable Diane Victoria Grendell has been an appellate judge on the Eleventh District Court of Appeals since her election in 2000. Judge Grendell has written and participated in well over 350 decisions a year from the lower courts of Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Portage and Trumbull Counties. Judge Grendell has also been requested by Chief Justice Moyer to hear cases on the Ohio Supreme Court on nine occasions, and has had over 126 of her Opinions published to date.
In 1971, she graduated from St. John’s College, Cleveland Metropolitan Hospital School of Nursing and began work as a Registered Nurse. In 1980, she graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Baldwin-Wallace College with degrees in Business and Psychology. In 1984, Judge Grendell obtained a J.D. degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. As an attorney, Judge Grendell has worked for the law firms of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue; Squire, Sanders & Dempsey; Grendell & Marrer; and Barrett, Sexton & Federman. Judge Grendell also served as a guardian ad litem for several years. She is a JAG Officer in the Ohio Military Reserve. Areas of practice include complex toxic tort litigation, product liability, family law, medical malpractice/wrongful death and probate. Judge Grendell is a member of the Ohio Bar and is admitted to practice in the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
In 1992, Judge Grendell was elected State Representative serving the 68th District House Seat in Geauga and Trumbull Counties. As a State Representative, Judge Grendell sponsored legislation regulating the administration of prescription methadone, eliminating special tax exemptions for state legislators, and providing more autonomy for local government. Within the Ohio legislature, Judge Grendell served on the following committees: Chairman of Pensions & Children and Youth committees; Ways and Means; Health, Retirement and Aging; Agriculture and Natural Resources; Family Service; and Healthcare Oversight. She is also a member of the National Civil Justice Taskforce Committee and Judicial Conference. She serves as a committee member on the Public Confidence and Community Outreach Committee for the Ohio Judicial Conference, and is chair on the Unwarranted Criticism of Judges subcommittee.
Her various awards include: Armed Forces Seven Seals Award, Wilson Academic Achievement Award, ARC of Ohio Legislator of the Year Award, and Watchdog of the Treasury Award.
Judge Grendell enjoys many activities, including solo flying, gardening, swimming, reading, fencing, and mountain hiking. She is a member of numerous organizations: Farm Bureau, Township Associations, Bar Associations, Chamber of Commerce, Nurse-Attorney Association, Red Cross, and Historical Societies. Judge Grendell is proud of organizing the removal of 2,000 tires from the Grand River.
Judge Grendell has two step-children with her husband, Geauga County Probate and Juvenile Judge, Timothy Grendell, and resides with her husband in Geauga County.