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Prior to joining the legal field, Bridget volunteered and worked with marginalized populations.  She appreciates the distinct challenges less-advantaged people sometimes have to securing equal access to justice.  As an attorney, Bridget has worked both as a housing-court prosecutor and an advocate representing clients.  She has served the courts in several capacities.  She is a Certified Court Manager, licensed through the National Center of State Courts.  Bridget’s skills in leadership, management, and problem solving are unique to the court system and give her the tools and perspective to:

  • Efficiently manage a docket to ensure cases are timely decided;

  • Promote greater access to justice through (1) clear and plain language in court entries, (2) flexible scheduling for hearings; and (3) utilization of technology for remote hearings;

  • Collaborate with court judges and leaders to continue and improve solution-based programs at the Court; and

  • Work diligently to serve the community with competency and humility.


  • Certified Court Manager

  • Appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure (2023)

  • Graduate of Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Leadership Academy (2022) 

  • Appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court Civil Justice Review Committee (2020, 2022)

  • Ohio Association for Court Administration, Board Member as the Co-Chair of the Education Committee (2019-2022)

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member

  • Campus International School, Member of the Parent Caring Organization (2014-2020)

  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps (1997-1998)


Bridget O'Brien for Cleveland Municipal Court Judge


Cleveland State University College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio

Juris Doctor, May 2001; Admitted to the practice of law in Ohio, November 2001

Activities/Honors: Participant on Moot Court National’s Team, 2000-2001; Recipient of Cleveland-Marshall Pro Bono Service Award, 2001; Recipient of Moot Court Jeffrey Stein Memorial Award for Outstanding Team Advocacy, 2001; Recipient of Cleveland-Marshall Alumni Association Scholarship, 2001

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, May 1997
;  Major: International Studies. Minors: Economics and Spanish


Bridget has been a proud resident of Cleveland for 20 years. She resides there with her husband, Matt; her three children, Mary, Liam and Connor; and their dog, Penny.

A Unique Perspective
& Specialized Skillset

Burg-O'Brien family

"Justice requires that people be treated with respect and given the opportunity to be heard."


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