Kenneth R. Callahan

Presiding over important disputes within the court system provides special insight into resolutions of conflict.

Kenneth R. Callahan is Of Counsel at Mansour Gavin, focusing on civil litigation and corporate and business services. With over 30 years of legal experience as a public defender, a judge, and attorney, he specializes in a wide array of legal matters including complex commercial litigation, receivership, guardianship, and white-collar criminal defense. His vast experience and perspective are highly regarded and leveraged as an arbitrator serving as a private judge in the state of Ohio.

Equal to his depth of experience is his commitment to and support of local professional legal associations and community organizations serving as a board member, leader, and founder to champion their causes. Ken has been recognized in a variety of ways for the many contributions he has made to the legal community and his alma maters. He received the Golden Gavel Award from the Ohio Common Pleas Judge’s Association, the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, and the Cardinal Bellarmine Award from St. Ignatius High School. He is consistently recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer – Business Litigation by Insider Business. He has also been named a member of the Irish Legal 100 by the Irish Voice magazine. Ken has been appointed and re-appointed by U.S. Senators Brown and Voinovich to the Federal Judicial Commission for the Southern District of Ohio. He was a member of the Cuyahoga County Charter Review Commission by the then County Executive, Edward FitzGerald. He has recently served on The Judicial Advisory Committee by appointment of the District Court of the Northern District of Ohio.

As a committed member of the communities in which he serves, Ken lives in University Heights with his wife Martha, where they raised their three sons. He is passionately involved in supporting local causes yet still finds time to write occasional book reviews for The Plain Dealer and is the author of a monthly column for the Irish American News. As a retired elective office holder, Ken enjoys continuing friendships in the media and public life.


  • J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University
  • B.A., John Carroll University


  • Board Member, International Community Council
  • Board Member, Irish American Archives Society
  • Arrupe Board, St. Ignatius High School
  • Past President, Cleveland Civil War Roundtable
  • Executive Committee and Past President, Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court
  • Past President, Catholic Lawyers Guild
  • Former ADR Advisory Board and Judicial Advisory Board Member, Ohio Common Pleas Court Judges Association
  • Life Member, Eighth Judicial Conference
  • Vice Chair, Judicial Selection Committee, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Former member, Civil and Criminal Rules Committee of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
  • Founding Member and Board Member, The Irish American Law Society of Cleveland