Presiding Judge Anthony J. Russo
Administrative Judge and Ex-Officio Clerk of Court

Judge Anthony J. Russo

As Administrative Judge, Judge Russo ensures an effective and efficient administration of justice, including management of the entire Probate Court, it's case inventory, budget, employees and policies.

As Presiding Judge, Judge Russo appoints the members of the Cleveland Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners and approves appointments to the MetroHealth System Board of Trustees. Under Judge Russo's leadership the Cleveland Metroparks has acquired over 2,000 acres of additional parkland, including 450 acres of lakefront parks.

As Ex-Officio Clerk of Court, Judge Russo is responsible for the operation of the Clerks Office, including the filing, keeping and maintaining of all legal documents for probate related matters.

Under Judge Russo's leadership the Probate Court has implemented E-Filing, online viewing of court documents, a Resource Center staffed by attorneys, legal assistance clinics, satellite offices for marriage licenses and many other user friendly services.

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

  • Three adult children: Anthony Jr., Domenica and Alessia
  • Resides in Mayfield Village, Ohio
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law-1977
  • Kent State University-1974
  • Chanel High School-1970


  • Partner in the law firm of Russo, Roth & Co., (1978-1992).
  • Member of the State Board of Education (1973-1992)

Judicial Experience

  • Cuyahoga County Probate Court Judge (2009-present)
  • Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court Judge (1993-2008)


  • National Association of Presiding Judges and Court Administrators
  • Ohio Judicial Conference
  • American Judges Association
  • National College of Probate Judges
  • 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

Past and Present Affiliations

  • St. Malachi Church
  • St. Paschal Baylon Church
  • San Leone Society
  • Italian Sons and Daughters of America

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