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The Honorable Thomas Teodosio

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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 admitted 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. 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 was elected to serve as the Courtís Presiding Judge for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015. In 2016 he served as the courtís Administrative Judge. While on the trial court bench, Judge Teodosio presided over serious felony matters and major civil lawsuits. In addition to his regular general division docket, Judge Teodosio presided over Summit Countyís 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. The success of the program was recognized in 2013 by the Summit County ADM Board when it named the Turning Point Program as the recipient of the Dr. Robert Smith Award.

Judge Teodosio served on the common pleas court until February 2017 when he began his term as a judge on the Ninth District Court of Appeals.  Judge Teodosio served as a visiting judge on the Ohio Supreme Court on March 27, 2019.


Judge Teodosio on Supreme Court bench


Judge Teodosio is a member of the Akron, Lorain County, Medina County, Wayne County, and Ohio State 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 Ohio Judicial Conferenceís Appellate Law and Procedure Committee, and Criminal Law & Procedure Committee, the Supreme Court of Ohio's Advisory Committee on Interpreter Services, and the Ohio Supreme Courtís Capital Case Attorney Fee Council. He has also served as a faculty member for the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College.

Judge Teodosio is deeply involved in our community. He currently serves on the Akron Bar Associationís Board of Trustees, Akron Civic Theater Board of Directors, the Akron Zoo Board of Trustees, the Summit County Opiate Task Force, and the Summit County Fatherhood Initiative Steering Committee. 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 Stow Schools Foundation Board, the Summit County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, the Summit County Consumer Affairs Board, the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitorís 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 Teodosioís service to the community has been recognized through numerous awards, some of which are: Mothers on a Mission 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Drum Major for Justice Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2016 University of Akron School of Law Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Award, the 2015 Italian American Heritage Award from the Centro Italiano Heritage Committee of Festa Italiana, the Annual Black History 2013 Past Unforgotten Judicial Service Award of Summit County, the 2012 Bishop Cosgrove Justice Award from the Catholic Commission of Summit County, the 2012 Leadership and Commitment to the Community Award, from Burning Bush Church, the 2008 Veterans Appreciation Award from the Veteran Service Commission, the 2006 Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Government, the 2006 Urban Light Award from The University of Akron Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies for Service to the Akron Community, the 2006 Achievement Award from the Council of Italian American Societies of Summit County, and the 1999 YMCA Western Reserve Paul C. Hutchison Service to Youth Award.

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.

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