Judge Katarina Cook
Akron Municipal Court

Our Candidate

Since being elected in 2009, I have been a judge at the Akron Municipal Court and am currently running for re-election this November.  I have been the presiding judge of the OVI Court since June 2012 and have also presided over the Drug Court.

Along with being a lifetime resident in Akron, I am a University of Akron School of Law graduate, a graduate of Firestone High School, a devoted wife and a dedicated mother of 4.  Professionally, I have invaluable experience with over 22 years in the legal field including:        
  • Judge of the Akron Municipal Court since 2009, disposing of nearly 11,000 cases. Presiding Judge of OVI Court
  • Magistrate for the City of Akron, disposing of nearly 25,000 cases and presiding over hundreds of trials in 4 years.
  • Mediator for Summit County Common Pleas Court and domestic relations mediator in private practice.
  • Award-winning Summit County Juvenile Court Guardian Ad Litem (an advocate for abused & neglected children), being recognized for outstanding work by Ohio's 123rd Congress.
  • Assistant Prosecutor for four years, serving on the Child Sex Abuse Task Force in Stark County. 
  • Criminal defense attorney representing felony and traffic related cases.
I have a passion for volunteering for this community and hold memberships for the following  organizations including:
  • Volunteer Legal Services Project attorney
  • Safe Surrender volunteer attorney
  • Akron Bar Association-Current Chair Street Law Committee and past vice-chair, Chair Municipal Courts Committee, and High School Mock Trial Committee
  • Akron Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Ohio Women's Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Magistrates
  • Ohio Judicial Conference
  • Association of the Municipal/County Judges of Ohio
  • American Bar Association
  • Audit committee, Akron Municipal Employees’ Credit Union
  • Scanlon/Bell Inn of Court
  • Women's Network
  • Friends of Hower House
  • Fairlawn Chamber of Commerce
  • Junior League of Akron-Seedlings
  • Junior Leadership Akron
  • Stan Hywet Volunteer
  • St. Hilary School Room Mom for 4 years
  • St. Hilary Mock Trial Team Coach for 7 years
  • Peacemaker's Presenter
  • Summit County Master Gardener
  • Mentor for University of Akron School of Law
  • Akron Child Guidance Center Women's Board
  • Summit County Juvenile Court's CASA Board
  • St. Hilary Church Heroes Camp
  • Preservation Alliance of Akron
  • Akron Garden Club
  • Steering Committee-Love Akron Network
Judge Katarina Cook Earns the Akron Beacon Journal Recommendation!

For Akron judge 

In 2009, Katarina Cook won election to the Akron Municipal Court, filling a vacated judgeship. Now she is seeking a full, six-year term on the bench. She has adapted well to the position, applying her experience, running an efficient courtroom while remaining sensitive to the particular role of the court in having an opportunity to reach defendants and alter the track of their lives.

We recommend the re-election of Katarina Cook on Nov. 5.

Before stepping into the position of judge, Cook served as a magistrate in the municipal court, handling the busy traffic division. She also worked as an assistant prosecutor in Stark County, focused on child abuse cases. Add time, too, in private practice, mostly in civil and probate matters.

As a judge, Cook has proved organized and attentive. She can be tough, even stern at times. That doesn’t mean she has lost sight of the way the court can intervene effectively. She recognizes the value in specialty courts, presiding for the past 15 months in the court covering those picked up for drunken driving. She increasingly sees the importance of alternative sentencing, in easing jail overcrowding and in serving a leading purpose of the court.

Cook has earned a full term.

Her opponent is Jon Oldham, who recently moved into a position as a magistrate and judicial attorney in the Summit County Probate Court. He spent a year as a visiting magistrate in the municipal court, presiding in disputes over small claims and between landlords and tenants, among other things. He has spent a decade in private practice, mostly involving business and other litigation, from insurance coverage to probate matters.

Oldham is a quick study. He has a stronger interest in alternative sentencing, or what he describes as a “therapeutic jurisprudence.” He performed well as a magistrate in the municipal court and has the makings of a good judge. For now, he would benefit from added experience, becoming a better candidate down the road.

The municipal court covers the cities of Akron and Fairlawn, the townships of Bath, Richfield and Springfield, plus the villages of Lakemore and Richfield, and part of Mogadore.