Joseph E. Cirigliano, Esq.

Litigation • Domestic Relations & Family Law • Personal Injury • Real Estate & Construction • Select Criminal Cases

Mr. Cirigliano is a member of the Litigation Department and is a retired judge. Mr. Cirigliano serves on the Board of Directors for Liberty Bank, N.A. and is also active within the legal community, having served with the National Judicial College and National Conference of the Judiciary on the Rights of Victims, 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 Ohio Judicial College Board of Trustees, Elyria City Civil Service Commission, and Lorain County Community College Board of Trustees, 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.

Practice Focus:

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Available for Private Judging

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)

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