ANGELO F. LONARDO
Attorney At Law
Curriculum Vitae
75 Public Square, Suite 800
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Phone: (216) 781-2550
Telefax: (216) 781-6688

Legal Services • Defense Attorneys


Education:

Cathedral Latin High School, Graduate 1968
Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science in Education, Graduate 1972
Cleveland Marshall College of Law, J.D., Graduate 1978

Courts Admitted To Practice:

All Courts in the State of Ohio, May 1979
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, January 23, 1980
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, January 28, 1983
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, October 20, 1983
United States Tax Court, July 22, 1983

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EMPLOYMENT:

  • 1976 through 1979: Law clerk for Leonard W. Yelsky, Esq. at the law firm of Yelsky, Eisen & Singer, 340 Leader Building, Cleveland, OH  44114.  Law clerk responsibilities included all pretrial motions and trial preparation, appeals and post conviction litigation.  Was responsible for all pretrial motions and trial preparation in the case of State of Ohio v. Mindy Wider, (1976) which involved the trial of a daughter for the murder of her father; United States v. Franklin, (S. D. of FL. 1977), CIA drug conspiracy trial; State of Ohio v. Judge Robert L. Steele, the trial of a former municipal judge for the murder of his wife (1978); State of Ohio v. Licavoli, et al., (1978), also known as the Danny Green murder trial.
  • 1979 through present: Partner in the Law Firm of Yelsky & Lonardo, 75 Public Square, Suite 800, Cleveland, Ohio 44113                                              

PROFESSIONAL Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel

ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Ohio State Bar Association Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Specializes:

In criminal litigation and has been recognized for outstanding achievements in these fields by the Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the American Trial Lawyers Association.

2009 Recipient of the John P. Butler Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Criminal Defense from the Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. 

Notable Achievements in the Practice of Law:

  • Obtained a verdict of not guilty on 13 counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder and aggravated arson in the 1985 capitol murder prosecution entitled State of Ohio v. Dennis Pickering, Cuyahoga County (1985).
  • Obtained a verdict of not guilty on charge of aggravated murder and felonious assault in the case styled State of Ohio v. Dr. Thomas Pudick, Columbiana County (1989).
  • Obtained a verdict of not guilty for former court bailiff on charges of embezzlement in the case styled State of Ohio v. Glen Kanaga, Geauga County (1993).
  • Obtained a verdict of not guilty on the charge of murder in the case styled State of Ohio v. Tamika Ivy, Cuyahoga County (1995).
  • Vacated conviction and life sentence in the decision rendered by the Ohio Court of Appeals for the Third District in the matter of State of Ohio v. Hammons, (1995).
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict for alleged possession of 13 kilograms of cocaine base (crack) for sale in the case styled United States of America v. Wendell Harris, N. D. Ohio (1996).
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict on charge of voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault in the case styled State of Ohio v. Gibney, Franklin County (1997).
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict on the charge of murder, 3 counts of attempted murder and 4 counts of felonious assault in the case styled State of Ohio v. Grubach, Cuyahoga County (1998) and popularly known as the "Bachelor Party Slaying".
  • Obtained the dismissal of murder charges in the case styled State of Ohio v. Nazih Saker, Mahoning County (1999).
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict for a Cleveland police officer on charges of aggravated menacing and stalking in the case styled City of Cleveland v. Petranek, Cleveland Municipal Court (1999).
  • Obtained revision and clarification of the law regarding the method and standard used to weigh LSD in bulk amount cases involving the application of the “safety valve exception”, in an opinion published by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals entitled United States of America v. Powers, 194 F.3d 700 (1999).
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict in a multi-defendant RICO conspiracy/arson case in United States v. Attallah, Case No. 99-903-CR-HUCK, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Nov. 2000).  All of the co-defendants were found guilty and sentenced to life without parole.
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict in a case alleging assault and criminal damaging in City of Cleveland v. Lisa Fryor, Case No. CRB047387AB, Cleveland Municipal Court, Cuyahoga County (January 2001).
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict on 12 counts alleging mail fraud in United States v. Pastva, Case No. 4:00CR278, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (May 2001).
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict in a case alleging possession of a firearm by a felon in United States v. Gaid, Case No. 1:01CR156, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (May 2001).
  • Obtained dismissal of attempted murder and felonious assault charges in State of Ohio v. Alan Fried, before the Honorable Judge Kathleen A. Sutula, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas (July 2001).
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict in a case alleging rape and kidnapping in State of Ohio v. R. M., Case No. 405381, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, in a jury trial before the Honorable Kathleen A. Sutula (September 2001).
  • Obtained a dismissal of all charges, aggravated robbery with gun specification and felonious assault, in the case of State of Ohio v. Eric Jackson, Case No. 404081, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, before the Honorable Judge Nancy McDonnell (October 2001).
  • Obtained dismissal of all charges, assault, in City of Lakewood v. Alan Fried, Lakewood Municipal Court (October 2001).
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict in a case in which the State alleged the defendant promoted a prostitution ring from his nightclub in State of Ohio v. Michael Tritola, before the Honorable Judge Timothy McCormick, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas (February 2003).
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict in a jury trial for rape, kidnapping and gross sexual imposition in State of Ohio v. Victor Keshishian, in a jury trial before the Honorable Judge Christine McMonagle, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas (January 2004).
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict for domestic violence and abduction in the case of State of Ohio v. Michael Eggert, before the Honorable Judge Stuart Friedman, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas (February 2004).
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict, on all counts, in a jury trial for rape (4 counts); sexual battery (2 counts); gross sexual imposition (2 counts); kidnapping (1 count); and bribery (1 count), in the case of State v. Guerrini, in a jury trial before the Honorable Judge Thomas Pokorny, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas (March 2004).
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict for kidnapping; abduction; and, burglary in a jury trial styled State of Ohio v. Tesha Walter Vetre, before the Honorable Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas (May 2004).
  • Obtained a Rule 29(A) motion for judgment of acquittal in a case alleging possession and drug trafficking of 12 kilograms of cocaine with major drug offender specifications and a required mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years to life in a case styled State of Ohio v. Wasie, before the Honorable Judge Eileen A. Gallagher, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas (May 2004).
  • Obtained, with Attorney Greg Murphy, an 11 level downward departure for a doctor charged with Internet drug trafficking to allow for probation for medical reasons in the case of United States of America v. Marvin J. Brown, M.D., in the United States District Court for Alexandria, Virginia (June 2004).
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict for possession of heroin and heroin trafficking in a case styled State of Ohio v. Adrian Sims, before the Honorable Ann T. Mannen, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas (February 2005).
  • Obtained dismissal of all charges alleging felonious assault and aggravated robbery in the case of State of Ohio v. Haris Vrazalica, before the Honorable Eileen T. Gallagher, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas (June 2005).
  • Obtained a four (4) level downward departure and a sentence of probation in United States v. Villanueva, Case No. 05CR435, before the Honorable James Gwin, for a defendant charged with intimidation of a federal witness (December 2005).
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict in a case alleging two (2) counts of felonious assault, with gun specifications and one (1) count of aggravated burglary, with gun specification, in the case of State of Ohio v. Jim D. Taylor, before the Honorable John J. Russo, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, for a defendant who was an off duty police officer (January 2006).
  • Obtained probation for a defendant, who pled guilty to felonious assault before Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold, on allegations that the defendant beat the victim with a baseball bat and caused serious physical injuries in State of Ohio v. Bella, et al., Case No. CR 473956 (September 2006).
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict in a case alleging vehicular manslaughter and in which the defendant was charged with failure to yield which caused the death of another in a jury trial in City of East Cleveland v. Barbara Sutton, Case No. 06-CRB-00889 (December 2006).
  • Obtained a plea to a misdemeanor and fine of $200.00, in a case in which the Defendant was charged with Aggravated Robbery, a felony in the first degree and a three (3) year gun specification, for a minimal potential sentence of six (6) to 13 years, in a case styled State of Ohio v. James Sales, before Judge Bridget McCafferty, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas (January 2007).
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict for a defendant charged with anal, vaginal and oral penetration, in a case styled State v. Mihas, before Judge Christopher R. Rothgery, Lorain County Court of Common Pleas (January 2007).
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict for a defendant charged with felonious assault, in a case styled State of Ohio v. Steven Vitale, in a jury trial before the Honorable Kenneth Callahan, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas (October 2007).
  • Obtained dismissal of all charges, attempted murder and drug trafficking in State of Ohio v. Jahi Kamaal, before Judge Jose Villanueva, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas (January 2008).
  • Obtained a seven (7) level variance for a defendant charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and in providing false statements on government defense contracts in a case styled United States v. Shumay, et al., Case No.: 5:07CR521 (N. D. Ohio) before the Honorable Peter C. Economus for a sentence of probation and a $15,000 fine (February 2008).
  • Obtained verdicts of not guilty on all counts for Leigh Bodden of the Cleveland Browns on charges alleging aggravated disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, failure to comply and additional traffic violations in an incident which involved a confrontation between Mr. Bodden and the Cleveland Police at Hopkins International Airport.  The case was styled City of Cleveland v. Leigh Bodden, Case No.: 2007CRB031069, and was tried to a jury before the Honorable Anita Laster Mays (February 2008). 
  • Obtained downward departures and variances, along with Attorney Mark DeVan, to obtain a sentence of probation for a defendant charged in a conspiracy to commit $24,000,000.00 in food stamp fraud, based upon health reasons, in the case styled United States v. Mike Salti, Jr., Case No.: 1:96-CR-0153-2, before the Honorable Peter C. Economus, of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division (March 2008).
  • Obtained the suppression of all evidence including 17 1/2 grams of cocaine, a firearm and the defendant's confession, for a defendant charged with narcotic trafficking with firearm specifications in a case styled State of Ohio v. Anna Weimer, in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas before the Honorable John Sutula (August 2008).
  • Obtained dismissal of all charges for a defendant charged with obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence in the case of State of Ohio v. Mihas, Lorain County Court of Common Pleas, Judge Mark Betleski (October 2008).
  • Obtained pretrial dismissal of the death penalty specifications and jury verdicts of not guilty on charges of murder, aggravated murder, attempted murder, aggravated robbery, two counts of felonious assault and all firearm specifications on each count in State of Ohio v. Anthony Faraj, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, before the Honorable Judge Jose Villanueva (April 2009).  Jury returned guilty verdict on two counts of aggravated robbery without firearm specifications.
  • Obtained verdicts of not guilty on charges of aggravated robbery with three (3) year gun specification and possession of criminal tools in State of Ohio v. Carol Boiner, Case No.: CR-09-523919-A, tried before the Honorable Timothy McCormick in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas (August 2009).
  • Obtained verdicts of not guilty on all counts for a defendant charged with four (4) counts of gross sexual imposition and one (1) count of kidnapping in the case of State of Ohio v. Glasney, Case No. CR-10-534547, tried before the Honorable John Sutula, in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas (March 2010).
  • Along with Attorney Robert Glickman, obtained an eight (8) level downward departure/variance for medical reasons and a sentence to probation for a paving contractor charged with public corruption in a case styled United States v. Bibbo, before the Honorable Judge John Adams (February 2011).
  • Along with Attorneys Wesley Dumas, Sr., Timothy Ivey, Jeffrey Lazarus and San Francisco Attorney Michael Burt, obtained dismissal of death penalty specification on grounds of mental disability in federal prosecution for the arson/fire of a federally insured residence [18 U.S.C. Section 844(i)] resulting in the death of eight children and a mother in a case styled United States v. Antun lewis, Case No. 1:08-CR-404 (D.D. Ohio), before Chief Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr.  On February 8, 2012, Chief Judge Oliver granted Defendant's Rule 33(a)(1) Motion for New Trial in a 95-page written Opinion on the grounds that the guilty verdict was against the manifest weight of the evidence.
  • Obtained not delinquent (not guilty) verdict in the matter of State of Ohio v. K.C., for a 17 year old male charged with sexual battery in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court before the Honorable Thomas O'Malley (June 26, 2012).
  • Obtained dismissal of three count indictment for insurance fraud in the amount of $42,000.00, in a case styled State of Ohio v. Mike Salti, Case No. CR-12-559414, in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, before Judge Robert McClelland (July 2012).
  • Obtained a verdict of not guilty for a defendant charged with possession of crack cocaine and drug trafficking in a jury trial before Judge Brendan Sheehan, Common Pleas Court, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, in a case styled State of Ohio v. Nickaye Woods, Case No. 12-CR-565287 (November 2012).
  • Obtained dismissal of felony charges before the lorain County Grand jury for an Oberlin student charged with Assault on a Police Officer, in a case styled State of Ohio v. MJF, Case No. 13CR086525 (February 2013).
  • Obtained probation for a defendant, who pled guilty to felonious assault and domestic violence before Judge Brendan Sheehan in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, on allegations that the defendnat shot at an individual and pistol whipped the individual and the defendant's daughter in a case styled State of Ohio v. Mustafa, Case No. CR-12-565988-A (March 2013).
  • In United States v. Nora Flores, et al., Case No. 1:12CR364 (N.D. Ohio) obtained a ten level downward departure with a five level downward variance for a sentence of 12 months home detention with work privileges for a defendant from Laredo, Texas charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and at least 28 grams of cocaine base ("crack") in violation of 21 U.S.C. Section 841(a)(1), (b)(1)A) and, (b)(1); and two counts of interstate travel in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 1952(a)(3), before Judge Christopher A. Boyko (July 2013).
  • Obtained a not guilty verdict in a case styled State of Ohio v. Zachery Becker, Case No. 10-CR-537965 for a defendant charged with two counts of Felonious Assault in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas before the Honorable Nancy Margaret Russo (July 2013).
  • Obtained judgment in the amount of $4,585,738.99 in favor of NORTHPOINT PROPERTIES, INC. and against CHARTER ONE BANK FSB, THRIFTCO INC., and EHLE MORRISON GROUP, jointly and severally in a civil case alleging fraud in the sale of a commerical building in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.  Damage award included compensatory and punitive damages, attorney fees and prejudgment interest.  Case was tried in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, before Judge Joseph Russo (July 18, 2013).
  • Obtained not guilty verdict on all counts for attempted murder, kidnapping, felonious assault and aggravated burglary in State v. Jesus Bey, et al., Case No. CR-13-572856-B, before the Honorable Stuart M. Friedman (September 2013).
  • Had all charges dismissed in an indictment in which the defendant was charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a first degree felony; conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second degree felony; theft, a fourth degree felony; and, having an unlawful interest in a public contract, a fourth degree felony, in a case styled State of Ohio v. Unik, et al., before the Honorable Janet Burnside, in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas (March 2014).

 


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