Meet the General Civil Team
Charles E. Hannan has been engaged in the practice of law for nearly three decades, including both the private and public sectors, handling a wide array of civil litigation matters in the federal and state courts. He joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in 2000, as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, and was promoted to Civil Litigation Manager in 2007. He has spent the better part of his career counseling and advising public clients in order to better serve the public to whom we are all responsible.
Saundra Curtis-Patrick, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Saundra Curtis-Patrick is proud of her many years of public service. She has spent her legal career in the Civil Division of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office after graduating from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Her background includes extensive experience in real estate transactions and contract review for the County, in addition to litigation experience in employment discrimination, labor relations matters, and real estate tax appeals. Ms. Curtis-Patrick has argued cases before the Sixth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court. She is a volunteer in the 3Rs program with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.
Francis X. Cook, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Francis X. Cook has spent over a decade as an assistant prosecuting attorney in the civil division. He came to the office after 26 years of private law practice in the areas of civil rights, estate planning, probate, trusts, wills, and elder law, with additional expertise in Medicaid. He serves as legal counsel for Cuyahoga Job and Family Services. In addition to his J.D. from Cleveland State University, Cook holds a Master’s Degree in education and counseling from Loyola University in Chicago and a Theology Degree from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His practice of appellate law in both state and federal courts included achieving a unanimous decision, along with Attorney John R. Vintilla, from the Supreme Court of the United States in a civil rights case. He decided to study law after helping, as an inner-city pastor, to bring peace to Elyria, Ohio, during a period of civil unrest.
Brendan Doyle, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
A 2004 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Brendan first served as a judicial staff attorney in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas assisting the judges overseeing the Court’s complex litigation and mass tort docket. In 2007, he joined a small Cleveland law firm and entered private practice, where he concentrated on civil and criminal litigation matters, including business litigation. Brendan joined the Prosecutor’s Office in 2013, and his practice remains focused on litigation in the state and federal courts. Prior to earning his J.D., he clerked at Reminger LLP and served as a legal extern for United States District Court Judge Donald C. Nugent. Brendan received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University Maryland, and currently serves on the Boards of Trustees for the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, Shoes & Clothes for Kids, and the Irish American Archives Society.
Nora Poore, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Nora Poore has been an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the General Civil Division since 2013, where she works in the areas of civil litigation, workers’ compensation, and employment law. She is responsible for litigating numerous cases on behalf of various Cuyahoga County agencies and officials before the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, the Eighth District Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of Ohio. Prior to joining the Prosecutor’s Office, she was a Staff Attorney for Judge Timothy J. McGinty, Judge Annette G. Butler, and Judge Steven E. Gall at the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. She received her B.A. from Baldwin Wallace University in 2000, and her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2005.
Mark R. Greenfield, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Mark R. Greenfield joined the Prosecutor’s Office, Civil Division in 2010, after practicing at law firms and as in-house counsel. Mark’s work focuses on real estate, development, pertinent litigation, and real estate tax valuation. He represents County departments, including the Department of Public Works, the Board of Revision, and the Fiscal Office. He has lectured on various real estate matters. Mark graduated from The George Washington University, earning a B.A. in History. He attended Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, earning a Juris Doctor. He has argued before the Ohio Supreme Court, and also before the Eighth and Ninth District Courts of Appeal for Ohio. He is admitted to the practice of law before the U.S. District Court of Ohio, N.D., and the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Mark is an active donor and volunteer on behalf of Northeast Ohio organizations, including the American Red Cross and the Public Education Initiative.
Brian R. Gutkoski, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Brian joined the Civil Division of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office as an APA in 2011. As a litigator, Brian frequently represents the County in administrative proceedings and federal and state judicial proceedings involving, among other things, 42 USC § 1983 claims, wrongful imprisonment, discrimination, and other EEO claims, wage and hour disputes, or wrongful discharge claims. His background includes extensive experience in bankruptcy matters, having filed Chapter 7 and 13 cases on behalf of Ohio debtors and also represented creditors in Chapter 11 reorganizations before Ohio, Delaware, and Florida bankruptcy courts. Brian has also represented clients in appeals to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and argued before the Supreme Court of Ohio. He is a member of the Florida Bar and Parma Bar Associations.
Barbara Rhodes Marburger, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Marburger joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Civil Division in 2004. Barb has been representing Ohio local governments in employment, tort, and constitutional lawsuits throughout her career. She is also experienced in public records matters. Barb is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attained her J.D. from University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Her undergraduate degree is from Bucknell University.
Jennifer M. Meyer, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Jennifer joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in 2014 as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Civil Division. She represents the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, Board of Health, and handles civil forfeitures and nuisance abatements related to drug activity. Jennifer spent over seven years with the City of Cleveland Law Department, Litigation Division where she represented Cleveland Police Officers in excessive force and wrongful death actions and the City of Cleveland in class action matters in both Federal and State Court. Before that, Jennifer spent three years as an Assistant Prosecutor for the City of Cleveland. She is admitted and has practiced before the United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit; United States District Court, Northern Ohio; and the Supreme Court of Ohio. Jennifer obtained her B.A. double majoring in Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Dayton and graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Reno J. Oradini, Jr., Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Reno J. Oradini, Jr. joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in 1999. His educational background includes: J.D., cum laude, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University; B.A., Economics with concentration in Management, Ohio Wesleyan University; and, CFP, College of Financial Planning, Denver, Colorado. He is responsible for representing Cuyahoga County before the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, the Eighth District Court of Appeals, and the Ohio Supreme Court. His prior work experience includes: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Appeals Unit; Assistant Law Director, Parma, Ohio; General Private Practice; Staff Attorney, Eighth District Court of Appeals; and, Staff Attorney, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. He is admitted to the Supreme Court of Ohio; United States District Court, Northern Ohio; United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit; and, the United States Supreme Court. He is the past Vice-President of North Coast Ohio Conductive Education, a non-profit, which provided alternative therapy to children with cerebral palsy.
Dale F. Pelsozy, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Dale F. Pelsozy has been with the office since 2006. Dale, a litigation specialist, has represented the County in eminent domain, workers’ compensation, and storm water claims. He is legal counsel to Olmsted Township, and is a former Solon Councilman and Vice Mayor. Dale received his J. D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University, with honors.
Kelli Perk, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Kelli Perk joined the Prosecutor’s Office in 2007, after having served as a Magistrate in the Portage County Common Pleas Court for five years, as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Portage County for over three years, and as a Staff Attorney for the Ninth District Court of Appeals. Kelli, a proud member of the Civil Division, graduated, with honors, from California Western School of Law in San Diego in 1997, and passed both the California and Ohio bar examinations. Kelli’s main role is representing Cuyahoga County’s Adult Protective Services (APS), which seeks protection for older victims of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. In connection with her representation of APS, Kelli is a member and former Chair of the Consortium against Adult Abuse, and a founding member of Cuyahoga County’s Adult Protective Collaborative.
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