Presiding Judge Anthony J. Russo

Judge Anthony J. Russo

Probate Court of Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Administrative Assistant Bailiff Staff Attorney Fax
Sue Schwarten
(216) 443-8975
Marc Garofoli
(216) 443-8924
Courtney Verardi
(216) 443-3287
(216) 443-5446

Background and Education

  • Married 36 years to Patricia M. Russo
  • Three children: Anthony Jr., Domenica and Alessia
  • Resides in Mayfield Village, Ohio
  • Graduated Chanel High School-1970
  • Graduated Kent State University-1974 (B.A. in Political Science and B.A. in Sociology)
  • Graduated Cleveland-Marshall College of Law-1977


  • Elected (and re-elected four times) Member of the State Board of Education (1973-1992)
  • Partner in the law firm of Russo, Roth & Co., (1978-1992). Areas of practice included Wills, Probate, Domestic Relations, Personal Injury and Criminal Defense.

Judicial Experience

  • Elected (and re-elected two times) Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court Judge (1993-2008)
  • Elected Cuyahoga County Probate Court Judge (2009-present)

Past and Present Affiliations

  • St. Malachi Church
  • St. Francis of Assisi Church
  • Precana Marriage Seminar
  • St. Paschal Baylon Church
  • Big Brothers of America
  • San Leone Society
  • National Association of State Boards of Education
  • Italian Sons and Daughters of America


  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Probate Judges
  • Justinian Forum-Honorary Trustee
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association-Honorary Trustee
  • Pro Bono Task Force-Eighth Judicial District

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