June 25, 2019 / Press Release

Calabrese appointed to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court

Porter Wright is pleased to congratulate partner J. Philip Calabrese, who was appointed by Gov. Mike DeWine to serve as a judge in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Calabrese is a partner in Porter Wright’s Litigation Department, where he focuses his practice on complex litigation, including defending businesses named as defendants in class actions, product liability cases, toxic tort litigation, defense of securities fraud and antitrust cases, contract disputes and trade secret disputes.

“We are so proud to congratulate Phil on his appointment,” said Robert Tannous, Porter Wright’s Managing Partner. “This is a much-deserved appointment and he will be a tremendous asset to the bench.”

A graduate of Harvard Law School in 2000 and former president of the Federal Bar Association’s Northern District of Ohio Chapter, Calabrese now serves as a public member of the Sixth Circuit Advisory Committee on Rules, a role to which he was appointed by then-Chief Judge Danny Boggs of the Sixth Circuit. He is also a life member of the judicial Conference of the Sixth Circuit and serves on the Northern District of Ohio's Advisory Group.

Prior to his private sector work, Calabrese was a law clerk to the Honorable Alice M. Batchelder, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He also worked for three years in the Wisconsin legislature, serving ultimately as the chief of staff to Senator Lynn Adelman, who now serves on the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Calabrese will take the bench in July.