About Law Department

Director of Law

Patrick D. Riley



  • J.D. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • B.A. Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
  • Brookside High School, Sheffield Village, Ohio


  • Elected Lorain Law Director November 3, 2009
  • Admitted to practice United States Federal District Court
  • Admitted to practice United States Supreme Court
  • Sheffield Lake City Prosecutor  1984-1989
  • Private Practice since 1979
    • Extensive litigation experience
    • Labor relations/negotiation experience
    • Business organization experience
    • Criminal Justice System Experience


  • Married to Angela Marotta
  • Children Joseph, John & Erin

Assistant Law Directors/Prosecutors

Civil Division:

Criminal Division:


Duties of the Law Director

The City Law Director is elected for a term of four years. The responsibilities of the office include:

  • Serves as legal counsel for all elected officials, directors and councilpersons of the City of Lorain
  • Preparing all contracts, bonds, ordinances and written instruments in which the City of Lorain is concerned.
  • Responsible for prosecuting and defending all complaints, suits and controversies in which the City of Lorain is a party.
  • Responsible for reviewing ordinances to be considered by Lorain City Council.
  • Serves as prosecuting attorney for the Lorain Municipal Court; prosecuting cases for the City of Lorain and Sheffield Township.