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Legal Eagles Luncheon
St. Edward High School cordially invites you to attend the 2023
Legal Eagles Luncheon

We look forward to celebrating and honoring

the following award recipients:




Please join us as we celebrate their contributions

to the Cleveland legal community and the Legal Eagles.

The Aviator

20920 Brookpark Road, Cleveland 44135 Ohio

Wednesday, May 24 at 12:00 p.m.



Sponsored Table of 10:


$300 from all sponsored tables is tax-deductible.

Online registration has now been closed.

Contact Lorenzo Ritson '17 at or 216.227.2239 with questions.

2023 Stewardship Award Recipient

Det. Rick Ginley '79

2023 Legal Eagles Man of the Year

Dan Clancy '55

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St. Edward Legal Eagles
Events and Activities

 The Legal Eagles plan for and participate in these and other activities:

  • Annual three-credit-hour, year-end CLE on the first Saturday in December, open to all attorneys and presented in conjunction with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

  • Annual Man of the Year luncheon held each spring, awarding the Legal Eagles Man of the Year award to a lawyer or judge and the Legal Eagles Stewardship Award to a non-lawyer for contributions to the Northern Ohio legal community

  • Legal Eagles scholarships given to St. Edward students

  • Pro bono activities, including work at Legal Aid Society drop-in free advice clinics at the West Side Catholic Center

  • Assistance in coaching the St. Edward student mock trial teams

  • Present at the Annual Estate Planning Seminar and serve as members of the Planned Giving Committee


Interested in joining, receiving Legal Eagles invitations and being counted among our members?  

Click here to contact Legal Eagles President Michael VanNiel '91.  Membership is free.

The St. Edward Legal Eagles are members of the legal community who are graduates of St. Edward High School, or who have sons who are members of the St. Edward community.  Our mission is to promote professionalism, advance continuing legal education, assist St. Edward students and the school family, and provide a social setting to allow for the free and collegial exchange of ideas among our members.

2022 - 2023 Officers

Rob Cahill '93, Immediate Past President
Michael VanNiel '91, President 
Carl Mazzone '01, Luncheon Chair 
Brendan Heil '05, Seminar Chair
Cornelius O' Sullivan Jr. ’81, Treasurer

To nominate a St. Edward graduate for the Legal Eagle Man of the Year or Stewardship awards, please contact any of the officers listed above.

Legal Eagles Award Recipients

The Legal Eagles are proud to have recognized the following graduates and members of the legal community in years past:

Legal Eagles Man Of The Year Recipients

1994  Edward T. Clarke ’56

1995  Hon. Terrence O’Donnell ’64

1996  Ralph T. Skonce Jr. ’72

1997  Hon. John J. Donnelly ’61

1998  Hon. Patrick J. Carroll ’70

1999  Patrick F. Roche ’68

2000  Albert C. Sammon ’74

2001  J. Matthew Cain ’60

2002  Michael E. Murman ’64

2003  Hon. Timothy J. McGinty ’69

2004  John F. McCaffrey ’79

2005  Hon. Sean C. Gallagher ’73

2006  John J. Duffy ’61

2007  Scott E. Stewart ’69

2008  Cornelius J. O’Sullivan ’81

2009  Henry J. Hilow ’74

2010  Hon. John J. Russo ’83

2011  Regis E. McGann ’67

2012  James P. Sammon ’87

2013  James B. Niehaus ’76

2014  Hon. Brendan J. Sheehan ’85

2015  Mark Valponi '70

2016  Mike Gareau, Sr. '58

2017  John J. Wargo, Jr. '65

2018  Kevin M. Butler '93 

2019  Patrick F. Haggerty '73 

2020 Hon. Patrick F. Corrigan '70

2021 Bryan P. O'Malley '80

2022 Hon. Joseph J. Zone '72

Legal Eagles Stewardship Award Recipients

2012 Pete Elliott '80, U.S. Marshal

2013 Mike McGrath '69, Cleveland Safety Director

2014 Brian Heffernan '78, Cleveland Police Commander

2015 Craig Tame '67, Office of the U.S. Attorney

2016 Brent Collins '78, Assistant Fire Chief, Cleveland Fire Department

2017 Frank Bova '78, Cuyahoga County Sheriff

2018 Michael J. O'Malley '67, Investigator Supervisor at Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office

2019 Matt Zone '81 Councilman, City of Cleveland

2021 Keith G. Sulzer '79, Chief Investigator for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office

2022 Kevin J. Kelley '86, Cleveland City Council President 

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