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Judge Michael J. Russo

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Courtroom:
17-C
Fax:
(216) 348-4037
Bailiff:
Mary Pat Smith
(216) 443-8757
Courtroom Assistant:
Michael Brady, Sr.
(216) 348-4020
Staff Attorney:
Kendra N. Davitt
(216) 443-8591
On Common Pleas
Bench Since:
2003
Admitted to Bar:
1985
Born:
Residence:
High School:

College:
B.A., University of Dallas - Magna Cum Laude, 1978, M.A., Old Dominion University, 1980
Law School:
Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall college of Law, 1985
Legal Experience:
1986-1990 Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Assigned to the Criminal Division; 1990-2002 Attorney at Ulmer & Berne LLP in Litigation Department.
LITIGATION PREFERENCES

General:CMC to be held approximately 90 days from filing.

Pre-Trials: Parties not required to be present, except for final pre-trial.

Motion Practice: All dispositive motions must be supported by competent, admissible evidence. Oral hearing on any motion may be requested.

Discovery: Discovery may be extended with permission of the Court. Disputes should be worked out among the parties.

Settlement Conference: All parties must be present in person at the settlement conference.

Calendaring and Continuances: Motions for continuances of trial will not be considered unless accompanied by an acknowledgment of request signed by client.

Trials: Generally begin at 10:00 a.m. All exhibits should be marked and exchanged prior to trial.

Judge's Recent Opinions

"The mission of the Court is to provide a forum for the fair, impartial and timely resolution of civil and criminal cases."


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