Joseph E. Cirigliano (Retired)

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 and paralegals.

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.

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

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Tell us a little bit about your history and how you came to be at Wickens Herzer Panza.
After I retired as a sitting Judge, I was approached by a half a dozen firms to join them as counsel. I decided to join Wickens Herzer Panza because of the attorneys, their reputation, location and my past knowledge of them.
What is your passion? What are you passionate about? What makes you tick?
Helping others, volunteering to help in the community, golfing, reading best sellers, both fiction and non-fiction, lecturing at Baldwin Wallace University for the "Learning in Retirement" program.
Tell me something unique about yourself.
I am honest, forthright and helpful, and not ashamed to admit a mistake.
What one quote resonates with you, either personally or professionally (or both)?
Do good. Be good. And be yourself.
What else should we know about you?
I am a golfer of some repute. I love to travel, read, play chess occasionally (not very good).
National Judicial College
1952 - Western Reserve University
1949 - Baldwin Wallace University (B.A.)
Lorain County Community College (Board of Trustees, 1969–2015; Chairman of the Board of Trustees, 1975-1984)
The Lorain County Community College Foundation (Board Member, 1973–1981; Chairman of the Board, 1977-1981)
Common Pleas Court Judge for Lorain County (1981-1989)
Appellate Court Judge, Ninth District Court of Appeals (1989-1991)
Appointed by the Supreme Court of Ohio as a Visiting Judge, Common Pleas Court (1992-2005)
Law Director of North Ridgeville, Ohio (1979)
Councilman for the City of Elyria, Ohio (1954-1958)
Chairperson of the Elyria, Ohio Civil Service Commission (1958-1969)
Ohio State Bar Association Board of Governors (2000-2011)
The Editorial Board of The Ohio Lawyer (2008-2011)
Lorain County Bar Association's Executive Committee (2011-2012)
Contributor to the Ohio Judges Resource Manual (1987)
A Fellow of the American Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association (2009-Present)
Member of the American Judiciary Society
Participated in Legal Aid Clinics
Group facilitator at the National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada (1983)
Speaker at the National Conference of the Judiciary on the Rights of Victims (1985)
Adjunct Instructor in Commercial Law at Lorain County Community College (1991-1993)
Recipient of the Baldwin-Wallace College Alumni Merit Award (1994)

State of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Martindale-Hubbell AV rated
Baldwin-Wallace College Alumni Merit Award
Lorain County Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2015)


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