MEET JUDGE GRENDELL
JUDGE | PROBATE & JUVENILE DIVISION
I have served as Judge of the Probate and Juvenile Divisions of the Geauga County Common Pleas Court for eight years, having been elected in both 2012 and re-elected in 2014.
I was the first judge from Geauga County to be elected to serve on the National College of Probate Judges (NCPJ) Executive Board. I have been elected President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary/Historian of the Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges (OAJCJ), and currently serve on its Law and Policy Committee. I'm currently the elected 2nd Vice President of the Ohio Association of Probate Judges (OAPJ) and serve on its Law and Policy Committee. I have served on the Executive Board of the Ohio Judicial College (OJC) faculty and am a member of its faculty, teaching a variety of legal topics to Ohio judges. I was chosen by then-Judges Forrest Burt and David Fuhry to serve as Presiding Judge of the Geauga County Court of Common Pleas, which includes the Probate/Juvenile and General Divisions.
Under my leadership, the Geauga County Probate/Juvenile Court has implemented innovative programming such as Launchpad for foster children, the Victor Y. Matthews Family Life Improvement Program (FLIP), the Resource Center, the Help Center, electronic monitoring, and the popular Good Deeds Program. In addition, existing programs such as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), which provides Guardians ad Litem to advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children, has also thrived, with 63 current active volunteers serving an average of 182 children per year.
During my two terms in office I have issued over 20,000 orders and decisions with less than a .001 reversal rate.
Early in my legal career, I served 4 ½ years as a JAG Officer in the U.S. Army, for which I was recognized by the Geauga County Veterans Commission as a Distinguished Veteran. Later, while in the legislature, I was recognized at Legislator of the Year by the VFW and AMVETS.
A resident of Chesterland, I have lived in Geauga County for over 30 years, have been an attorney for over 40 years, and between my time in the US Military, Ohio Statehouse, Ohio Senate, and Geauga County Probate/Juvenile Court Judge, have served the public for over 23 years. As an attorney, I successfully fought against the ACLU on behalf of Chester Township, which allowed them to keep their logo depicting the historic Chester Baptist Church; and helped Geauga County residents prevent cell towers, asphalt plants, and oil & gas wells invading residential areas. I also fought to retain affordable all-electric home rates and provided all these legal services to Geauga County residents for free.
As a State Legislator, I fought for the Constitutional rights of the unborn, protected gun rights, protected septic rights, fought against E-Check, protected private property rights, protected agriculture, and worked to return a fair share of tax dollars to local communities. I was recognized for these efforts by many citizen organizations, including the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio Christian Alliance, and United Conservatives of Ohio.
Also while a State Legislator, I co-founded, and as Judge have continued, the Geauga Learn Program, which provides sixth graders in Geauga County a fun filled day of education at the Great Geauga County Fair, where they learn about Geauga County history, the importance of agriculture, military history, and the Fair itself.
FAMILY & PASTIMES
My wife, State Rep. Diane Grendell and I have two children and three Grandchildren. I enjoy hunting, fishing, and spending time with my family.