Supreme Court Hires New Chief Legal Counsel

17 Feb 2020 8:27 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor announced today the selection of John S. VanNorman as the Court’s next chief legal counsel.


“John’s experience as a member of the Court’s legal department for the past 14 years positions him to be our chief legal counsel. He has the  knowledge, experience, and record of success at the Court that allowed the justices to unanimously agree on promoting John to this position,” Chief Justice O’Connor said. “He’s a dedicated public servant, and we are grateful for his service.”

In his new role, VanNorman will manage the Office of Chief Legal Counsel, which oversees the legal, legislative, and policy affairs functions within the state’s highest court.  He will serve on the Court’s administrative leadership team.  He will also provide legal counsel and research support to the justices, Court staff, and implement policy initiatives concerning the administrative operation of the Court.

VanNorman joined the Court in 2006 and has served in various capacities during his tenure, including deputy chief legal counsel and, for the past four months, interim chief legal counsel.

“As an attorney, it has been a privilege to work for the Supreme Court of Ohio these past 14 years,” VanNorman said. “I am deeply honored and humbled by the opportunity to continue my service to the Supreme Court, as well as the Ohio citizenry, as chief legal counsel.”

Prior to working at the Court, VanNorman served as an attorney for the Ohio General Assembly’s Legislative Service Commission. His work with the commission included legal research and legislative drafting, as well as staffing various House and Senate committees.

A native of Ashland, Kentucky, VanNorman received his undergraduate degree from Anderson University and his law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. 

He lives in Dublin with his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters.

Original article posted here. 

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