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Common Pleas Court Judges

Judge Joseph D. Russo

Judge Joseph D. Russo

It is with deep sadness that the Court announces the passing of Judge Joseph D. Russo on October 2, 2021.


Visiting Judge Richard J. McMonagle has been appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to preside over Judge Russo's docket until the governor appoints a replacement.

Courtroom: 22-D
Fax: (216) 348-4032

Laura A. Miller
(216) 443-8746

Staff Attorney:

Christine M. Sweeney
(216) 443-7326

On Common Pleas Bench Since: 2001
Admitted to Bar: 1991
Born: 1962
Residence: Cleveland Hts., Ohio
High School: St. Joseph High School
College: Case Western Reserve University, B.A. 1985
Law School: Case Western Reserve University, J.D. 1991

Legal Experience:

Landskroner & Phillips, 1991; Law Offices of Joseph D. Russo Co., L.P.A., 1992 - 2001


Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Commercial Docket

Litigation Preferences


Case management conferences are conducted by telephone. Each file is reviewed and placed on a particular track based upon subject matter and amount in controversy. These tracks are: 90 days, 6 months, 9 months, and 1 year.


Final Pre-Trials: In-state parties must appear in person and have full authority to settle. Out-of-state parties may participate by phone and must also have full settlement authority.

Motion Practice

All responses and replies are governed by Civil Rule 6.


The Court has an "open" discovery policy; all material is to be provided unless it is privileged, or clearly outside the scope of discovery.

Settlement Conference

May be requested by contacting the Judge's staff attorney.

Calendaring and Continuances

Continuances are generally granted if agreed to by all parties.


Trial briefs, witness lists, exhibit lists, and/or evidentiary motions are due 7 days before trial. Transcripts of video trial testimony which contain objections are also due 7 days before trial. Proposed jury instructions are to be filed on the day of trial and should be emailed in Word format to

The parties’ respective exhibits should be marked and placed in a binder for use by the Court. Exhibits may be used in opening only if all parties agree. There is a 30-minute time limit on each party for voir dire. Counsel is required to stand, wherever they want, when addressing the Court and witnesses.

Jurors are permitted to take notes. Jurors may speak to attorneys after trial at their own discretion.