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Judge Sara Lioi



John F. Seiberling Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

Two South Main Street, Room 526

Akron, Ohio 44308-1813

Phone: (330) 252-6060

Fax:  (330) 252-6058


John F. Seiberling Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse


Chambers Staff:

Jacqueline Porter, Courtroom Deputy Clerk

Sharon Derivan, Law Clerk

Michele Schmidt, Law Clerk

Sandra Denman, Law Clerk



Judicial Preferences


Judge Lioi believes that the Case Management Conference (CMC) is of extraordinary importance. She expects counsel to be prepared with the factual predicate from the standpoint of counsel's client. Judge Lioi expects the client to be present; where the client is a corporate entity, she expects a person to be present who has the greatest knowledge of the relevant facts. Judge Lioi specifically tailors the Case Management Plan to the particular case based on the information supplied at the CMC by counsel and parties. In addition, during the CMC, Judge Lioi will seriously explore settlement possibilities, with an eye toward resolving the case as early as possible. Therefore, persons with actual settlement authority are also required to attend the CMC.