Judge Susan Steinhauer is resident of Stow and a product of the Akron Public School System. Judge Steinhauer graduated from Firestone High School in 1991 and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a major in Marketing and Minor in MIS (Management Information Systems). Judge Steinhauer earned her Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 1998 and was admitted to the Indiana and Ohio bars as well as the Northern and Southern District of Indiana that same year. Additionally, Judge Steinhauer was admitted to the Florida bar in April 2001.
In March of 1999, Judge Steinhauer joined the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office, where she primarily prosecuted cases relating to child support and child abuse, dependency and neglect. Judge Steinhauer then joined the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, General Division, in August 2001 as a floating judicial attorney. Judge Steinhauer worked with a variety of judges, both elected to office in the General Division as well as Visiting Judges. Judge Steinhauer was assigned to several high profile cases, the asbestos docket, foreclosure cases and other civil matters. While at the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, General Division, Judge Steinhauer began sitting as a Magistrate on an as needed basis primarily hearing felony arraignment, civil protection stalking cases and multiple other civil cases all while continuing her work as a floating judicial attorney.
In June 2008, Judge Steinhauer was named Chief Legal Officer for White Hat Management, LLC, a former Ohio community (charter) school operator and early advocate for school choice. During Judge Steinhauer’s time at White Hat Management, LLC, the company was actively doing business in six (6) states while exploring additional business opportunities in other states. Judge Steinhauer was active in advocating for legislation involving school choice. Judge Steinhauer was responsible for legal matters including writing, reviewing and negotiating contracts, human resources investigations, EEOC issues and complaints, proceedings in front of the United States Department of Education and other administrative agencies, drafting policies and procedures, appearing in court and compliance with numerous federal and state administrative agencies.
In June 2011, Judge Steinhauer began practicing law with her father, John S. Steinhauer, coordinating litigation in numerous jurisdictions, preparing and attending trials and mediating settlements. Judge Steinhauer also provided comprehensive legal research and provided legal opinions.
Judge Steinhauer has been the recipient of the Woman of the Year Award, National Association of Professional Women, 2010-2011; the Presidential Who’s Who Among Business and Professional Achievers, 2011; and the International Women’s Leadership Association, 2015.
Judge Steinhauer has served the community as a member of PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization), a board member of several school PTAs for over 5 years and has served as a Trustee for the Highland Chase Landowner’s Association and President of the HOA for the last several years. Judge Steinhauer is also a supportive dance mom.
Judge Steinhauer is the devoted mother of two (2) children. Judge Steinhauer enjoys spending time with her children and supporting them in their activities and lives.