Judge Elwell

The Honorable Judge Thomas J. Elwell Jr.

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

Curriculum Vitae


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


  • 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.


  • 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.
  1. Judge Thomas J. Elwell Jr.

    Thomas J. Elwell, Jr.


  2. Patricia D'Orazio

    Administrative Assistant

  3. Mary Jo Hritsko

    Statistician / Staff Assistant

  4. Kathryn Stewart

    Probation Officer

  5. Jordan Coughlin

    Court Administrator

  6. Bianca Villar