Joseph E. Cirigliano (Retired)

Mr. Cirigliano is a retired judge who joined the firm in 2005 as a member of our Litigation Department. While he ceased practicing law in 2018, he remains a valuable mentor and consultant to our team of attorneys.

Mr. Cirigliano has been active within the legal community, having served with the National Judicial College and National Conference of the Judiciary on the Rights of Victims, Ohio Judicial College Board of Trustees, as well as having acted as Law Director for the City of North Ridgeville, Ohio and Contributor to the Ohio Judges Resource Manual.

He has also held positions on the Elyria City Civil Service Commission, Lorain County Community College Board of Trustees, Liberty Bank, N.A. Board of Directors, and was an Adjunct instructor in Commercial Law at Lorain County Community College.

Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Mr. Cirigliano an AV rating for preeminent legal ability and having the highest ethical standards.

Bar Admissions:

1952 State of Ohio
1956 U.S. District Court, Northern District Court of Ohio


1949 Baldwin-Wallace College (B.A.)
1952 Western Reserve University (LL.B.)

Professional & Civic Affiliations:

American Judicature Society
Lorain County Bar Association (Executive and Legal Ethics & Grievance Committees)
American Bar Association (Board of Governors)


Councilman for the City of Elyria, Ohio (1954-1958)
Elyria, Ohio Civil Service Commission (former Chairperson) (1958-1969)
Common Pleas Judge, Lorain County (1981-1989)
Ohio Judicial College Board of Trustees (1983-1989)
Law Director of North Ridgeville, Ohio (1979)
Appellate Judge, Ninth District Court of Appeals (1989-1991)
Appointed as Visiting Judge, Common Pleas Court, by Supreme Court of Ohio (1992-2005)
Lorain County Community College (Board of Trustees; Vice-Chairperson) (1995-2016)
Lorain County Community College Foundation (Board of Directors) (2017)
Ohio State Bar Association Board of Governors (2000-2011)
Editorial Board of The Ohio Lawyer (2008-2011)
Baldwin-Wallace College Alumni Merit Award (1994)
American Bar Association Fellow (2009-Present)
Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellow (2009-Present)
Lorain County Bar Association Executive Committee (2011-2012)
Liberty Bank Board of Directors (2011-2017)

Teaching Experience:

National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada, Group Facilitator (1983)
National Conference of the Judiciary on the Rights of Victims (1985)
Adjunct Instructor in Commercial Law at Lorain County Community College (1991-1993)


Ohio Judges Resource Manual (1987)

Contact Information:

Direct (440) 695-8073
Fax (440) 695-8098