Municipal Court

Court Officials

Judge Mihok | Judge Elwell | Clerk of Courts | Other Court Officials

The Honorable Judge Mark J. Mihok

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 Elected November, 2001 and began the Term Starting January 1, 2002

Curriculum Vitae

Personal

  • Born 11/17/1953
  • Married 03/08/1986 to Kathryn Lorance

Education

  • Graduate of Lorain Admiral King High School
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law, Honors Program, Ohio State University, 1976
  • Juris Doctor, Case Western Reserve School of Law, 1976

 Licenses & Memberships

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Ohio
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals Sixth District
  • U.S. Supreme Court

 Experience

  • Served the City of Lorain as Assistant Law Director 2000 to 2001
  • Served the City of Lorain as the Mayor's Personnel Administrator 1996 to 2000
  • Served the City of Lorain in both positions of Safety Director and Service Director 1992 to 1996
  • Served the City of Lorain as Assistant Prosecutor 1987 to 1992
  • Served the State of Ohio as Special Counsel, Ohio Attorney General's Office 1985-1990
  • Served the State of Ohio as Assistant Attorney General, Ohio Attorney General's Office 1983-1985

 

The Honorable Judge Thomas J. Elwell Jr.

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Elected November 4, 2003 and began the Term Starting January 1, 2004

Curriculum Vitae

Personal

  • Born 10/13/1953
  • Married to Vicky Mitoff
  • Children: Megan and Matthew

Education

  • 1971 - Graduate, Lorain Catholic High School;
  • 1975 - B.A. Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, University of Detroit;
  • 1978 - Juris Doctor, Cleveland Marshall College of Law;
  • 1996 to present - Continuing legal education for Acting Judges and Presiding Judges as prescribed by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Licenses & Memberships

  • Licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Ohio;
  • Licensed to practice law in United States District Court;
  • Member, American, Ohio State, and Lorain County Bar Associations;
  • Former Member, Lorain County Bar Association Legal Ethics Committee.

Experience

  • Private Practice of Law from 1978 to 2004;
  • Acting Judge for the Lorain Municipal Court from 1996 to 2004;
  • Guardian ad Litem for abused, neglected and dependent children and the elderly in Probate,
  • Domestic and Juvenile Courts from 1978 to 2004;
  • Former Lorain County Common Pleas Court Arbitrator;
  • Former Assistant Lorain City Law Director;
  • Former Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor.

 

Lori Maiorana, Clerk of Courts

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Appointed on November 10, 2005
Elected on November 7, 2006 for the Term beginning January 1, 2007

Curriculum Vitae

Experience

  • Lorain City Treasurer, 1990 to 2005

 

Magistrate D. Chris Cook

Appointed Lorain Municipal Court Magistrate
October 3, 2005

Curriculum Vitae

Personal

  • Born March 14, 1964
  • Married to Jessica Homoki

Education

  • 1982 - Graduate, Lorain High School;
  • 1985 - B.A. General Studies, University of Michigan
  • 1992 - Juris Doctorate, University of Toledo: College of Law  

Licenses & Memberships

  • Licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Ohio;
  • Member: Ohio State and Lorain County Bar Associations;
  • Member: Lorain County Bar Associations Certified Ethics & Greivance    Committee;  Supreme Court Certified Bar Counsel; Chairman New Attorneys Admissions Committee;
  • Lorain County Court of Common Pleas Certified Court Mediator;
  • Lorain County Volunteer Guardianship Program, Volunteer Attorney.

 Experience

  • Member - Giardinii, Cook & Nicol, LLC;
  • Magistrate, Lorain Municipal Court - 2005 to present;
  • Prosecuting Attorney, Sheffield Village, Avon Lake Municipal Court - 2004 to Present;
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Lorain County Prosecutor's Office;
  • Adjuct Professor, Part Time, Lorain County Community College; Business & Criminal Law;

 

Other Court Officials

Lyn Nelson, Chief Deputy Clerk