JUDGE ANN MARIE O'BRIEN graduated from Hiram College in 1987, with a Bachelors of Arts in
Political Science with minors in French and biology. She obtained her law degree from The University of Akron School
of Law in 1991. She was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1991.
Judge O'Brien has over 24 years of legal experience, including complex trial experience. She
began her career as a bailiff/ law clerk in the Wayne County Court of Common Pleas while attending law school. Upon
graduating, she began her legal practice as an associate with a law firm in Akron, then as a partner with another law
firm prior to establishing her own practice. She also worked as a Judicial Attorney in the Summit County Court of Common
Pleas. During her legal career, Judge O'Brien earned an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell peer review, has been rated
as an Ohio Super Lawyer through 2016, and recognized by the Bar Registry of Preeminent Women Lawyers through 2016.
Judge O'Brien was appointed to the Akron Municipal Court Bench in February of 2017.
Judge O'Brien is an active member of the community. She is very active in the Akron Bar
Association, having served as Past President, a member of the Board of Trustees and as a Fellow of the Akron Bar
Foundation. Her efforts with Akron Bar Association have been focused on promoting access to justice, development of
young attorneys, and ethical and efficient representation of the public by attorneys. She volunteers for various Equine
and Animal Welfare organizations and has served on the Edwin Shaw Hospital Development Foundation Board. She is also an
active volunteer serving on the Collaborative Against Human Trafficking in Summit County, serving at St. Sebastian’s
Parish and the Junior League of Akron.