Judge Teodosio's Staff
Bailiff, Jill Coleman330.643.2238 E-mail
Judicial Attorney, Matthew Rich330.643.2344 E-mail
Judicial Assistant, Christopher Piekarski330.643.8281 E-mail
The Honorable Thomas A. Teodosio
Judge Thomas A. Teodosio graduated from The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1979. Thereafter, he received a Juris Doctor Degree from The University of Akron School of Law in 1982. That same year Judge Teodosio was admitted to the Ohio bar as well as the bar for the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio and the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. In 1986 he was authorized to practice before the United States Supreme Court.Prior to beginning his judicial career, Judge Teodosio was in the private practice of law for 25 years. He was a partner in the law firm of Teodosio, Manos & Ward, where he started his legal career in 1982. His law practice was general in nature, but focused heavily on trial work, both civil and criminal. While in private practice, he served on the Summit County Trial Lawyers Association Board of Trustees and was a member of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers. As an attorney, Judge Teodosio participated in programs that provided pro-bono legal services at the Hospice Care Center and through the Western Reserve Volunteer Legal Services.
In November 2000, Judge Teodosio was elected to serve on Summit County Council and won re-election in 2004. He was elected as President of Council in 2003 and was twice chosen to serve as Vice President. While on Council, he chaired the Finance, Public Works and Public Safety Committees and served as Vice Chairman of the Planning, Buildings and Economic Development Committee. As a Councilman, Judge Teodosio chaired the Summit County Predatory Lending Task Force and sponsored many pieces of legislation, including the creation of the Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs.
In November 2006, Judge Teodosio was elected Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge. He has been elected to serve as the Court's Presiding Judge for the years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015, by his colleagues in the General, Domestic Relations, Juvenile and Probate Divisions of the Court. Judge Teodosio also serves as the Chairman of the Judicial Advisory Board.
Judge Teodosio presides over serious felony matters and major civil lawsuits. In addition to his regular general division docket, Judge Teodosio presides over Summit County's Felony Drug Court known as "THE TURNING POINT PROGRAM". The Program is a separate, specialized docket in which non-violent, drug-dependent offenders plead guilty to their offenses and are then provided intense, court-supervised treatment with random drug testing and substance abuse/mental health programming. Judge Teodosio has been successful in enhancing the programming that is available to the clients of this Program to include employment services, cognitive skills programming, mental health screening, crisis intervention counseling, anger management classes, family education programming and financial management classes. In order to graduate from the Program, participants must abstain from the use of alcohol and drugs and demonstrate that they have become rehabilitated and are prepared to serve as a positive influence on our community. Offenders who fail to successfully complete the Program are sentenced on their felony conviction.
Judge Teodosio is a member of the Ohio State and Akron Bar Associations; the National Association of Drug Court Professionals; the American Judges Association; and the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association. Judge Teodosio serves on the Akron Bar Association's Board of Trustees, the Ohio Judicial Conference's Specialized Dockets Committee and Criminal Law & Procedure Committee, the Supreme Court of Ohio's Advisory Committee on Interpreter Services and the Summit County Criminal Justice Advisory Board. He has also served as a faculty member for the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College on the seminar topic 'Ethics and Professionalism and Access to Justice and Fairness in the Courts'.
Judge Teodosio is deeply involved in our community. He currently serves on the Akron Civic Theater Board of Directors; the Akron Zoo Board of Trustees; the Stow Schools Foundation Board; and the Summit County Criminal Justice Advisory Board. He is a Silver Life Member of the NAACP. He has served on the Rebuilding Together Advisory Board, the Walsh Jesuit High School Board of Trustees; the Summit County Consumer Affairs Board; the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitor's Bureau Board of Trustees; the Summit County Board of Control; the Summit County Audit Committee; the Summit County Investment Advisory Board; and the Board of Directors at Community Support Services.
Judge Teodosio's service to the community has been recognized by the YMCA Western Reserve Paul C. Hutchison Service to Youth Award; the "Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award" for Distinguished Service in the Field of Government"; the "Urban Light Award" from The University of Akron Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies for "Service to the Akron Community"; the "Achievement Award" from the Council of Italian American Societies of Summit County; the "2008 Veterans Appreciation Award" from the Veteran Service Commission; and the East Akron Community House's 40th Year Celebration of Community Organizing "Citizen's Participation Recognition".
Judge Teodosio is a lifelong resident of Summit County. He is married to Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio. Their son, Christopher, is a practicing attorney who makes his home in Summit County with his wife, Katherine. They remember their late daughter, Andrea, through the Andrea Rose Foundation.