Judge Michael R. Sliwinski


Judge Michael R. Sliwinski
Courtroom:  13-C
Bailiff:  Jeffrey T. Grajewski
Phone:  (216) 664-4987

Michael R. Sliwinski joined the Cleveland Municipal Court on April 4, 2016 following his appointment to fill the seat vacated by Judge Ed Wade at the end of 2015.

 “Becoming a judge is something I strived for since high school and I truly enjoy the municipal court atmosphere.  As a court-appointed defense counsel, I was gratified that I could help so many people resolve low level offenses,” said Judge Sliwinski, who often practiced in municipal courts throughout Cuyahoga, Summit, Medina, and Lake counties.

Judge Sliwinski attended Padua High School and graduated cum laude from the University of Dayton School of Law. In addition to graduating with honors, he won awards for his achievements in the fields of Professional Responsibility and Consumer Protection. His undergraduate degrees were earned from Chaminade University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with majors in Criminal Justice and Political Science. He completed most of his degree while simultaneously serving four years in the United States Marine Corps and was a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society and Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society. He is a proud veteran and has served as a commissioner and treasurer of the Cuyahoga County Soldiers and Sailors Monument Commission. In 2014 Judge Sliwinski was recognized as a distinguished veteran of Cuyahoga County. He is the son of a Vietnam veteran and grandson of two World War II veterans.

Prior to joining the Cleveland Municipal Court, Judge Sliwinski worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Section of the Ohio Attorney General's Office where he fought for the rights of Ohio families every day.  In that capacity, he obtained multiple judgments against businesses that cheated Ohio consumers.

During his time at the Ohio Attorney General's office, Judge Sliwinski also served in several voluntary positions, including as prosecutor for Lakeland Community College and the Cleveland regional representative on the Ohio Attorney General's Sunshine Law Task Force. In 2009, Judge Sliwinski was selected to serve on a BMV study group which was created with the passage of House Bill 2. He also chaired the Title Defect Rescission Fund subcommittee of that group. He has taught courses at Notre Dame College including labor relations, criminal justice, and business and government. Additionally, he has presented continuing education courses to lawyers and judges on topics ranging from public records to consumer law.

Judge Sliwinski began his legal career as a sole practitioner. “As a sole practitioner I enjoyed the opportunity to craft unique solutions for individual clients.” In addition to his focus on civil litigation, he handled cases involving criminal defense, probate administration, contracts, and business formation.

Judge Sliwinski resides in the West Park area of Cleveland with his wife Colleen and their daughters Ella and Norah.
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