Pete Kirner was born and raised in Parma, Ohio. He attended St. Anthony Grade school, and then St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. In 1997, he graduated from Syracuse University, with a BS in Retail and a minor in Management. Directly after college, headed to the east coast and lived in Boston, where he lived in and renovated a 225 year-old, two family home. After that, he relocated to Hoboken, NJ to be with his now Wife, Robin who he met in college. For those years he worked in several corporate operations management roles. In 2002, he decided it was time for a change and moved back home to Ohio to study at Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Meanwhile, he married Robin, and began renovating a few homes in the Parma Circle area. In 2013, they moved into their current home in Hinckley and his parents moved just a few houses away a few years later.
Pete and Robin will be celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary in 2023. They are huge nature and animal lovers and they also have a dog named Olive. He is an avid bass fisherman, enjoys shooting sporting clays and is a member of the NRA. Enjoying the outdoors and fitness is a big part of his life. Olive also loves every minute of hiking and exploring along side him.
Being a Judge was always something that Pete contemplated, however the reality of the same did not come to fruition until the unfortunate and untimely passing of Judge Mary Kovak. Pete has practiced largely in Cuyahoga, Medina and Lorain counties since 2006 and he has practiced in front of many different Judges and magistrates. Some courts have a hands-off approach to their cases, and others are more hands on.
Pete wants to have a hands-on approach with a goal of setting specific hearings to follow up on temporary orders (parenting and support), discovery and settlement. If possible, Pete wants to work with the clerk of Courts and put in place on-line filings as well as on line Court docket.
Divorces and Custody disputes are generally very emotionally charged and costly. Unfortunately, the process is not fast as it requires investigations and information gathering from both sides as well as neutrals like G.A.L.’s or private custody evaluators. Pete’s main goals if elected is to hold parties and their respective counsel for meeting and complying with timeframes set by the Court. Pete wants to ensure that the Court rules timely on motions and does not waste the parties valuable time and money. However, he also wants to ensure that parties do not waste the Court’s time or the other side’s time and money. The goal will be to manage these cases in the most efficient and beneficial way as possible. He further plans to update the local rules of Court including but not limited to putting in place a PC rule, fully instituting the role in the County.