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Mike Cicero practices at the local, state and federal levels in various areas of public sector law, including civil and criminal trial and appellate litigation, Section 1983 civil rights defense and planning and zoning.

Mike has been a municipal prosecutor his entire career and currently holds that position in Gates Mills, Hunting Valley, Mayfield Village and Richmond Heights. For almost 20 years, he has served as legal counsel for the Northern Ohio Risk Management Agency (NORMA), a municipal self-insurance pool composed of 11 municipalities, and assistant legal advisor for the Suburban Police Anti-Crime Network (SPAN), a regional collaboration of Hillcrest area police departments for specialized law enforcement units.

Mike also represents businesses and handles commercial trial and appellate litigation as well as corporate and real estate transactions and related matters.

Principal practice areas

  • Public sector law – civil and prosecutorial
  • Business law
  • Real estate law
  • Planning, zoning and development
  • General civil litigation
  • Trial and appellate litigation

Representative experience

  • Representation of municipalities in both litigation and nonlitigation matters, including preparation of legislation, policy and legal opinions for mayors, councils, department heads and committees
  • Counseling for municipalities on day-to-day administrative affairs, including planning and zoning issues, urban redevelopment, telecommunications regulation, negotiation of cable television franchises, public sector labor and other procedural and substantive issues
  • Sections 1983 and 1985 civil rights defense, especially law enforcement liability and employment matters
  • Public sector tort litigation
  • Real property litigation
  • Contract disputes
  • Commercial and residential property leasing and purchase agreements
  • Commercial and residential property use, and development and redevelopment issues, including administrative proceedings and litigation involving zoning matters
  • Land appropriation proceedings
  • Liquor license issues

Bar admissions

Career and educational background

  • Prosecutor, Richmond Heights (2014, 2016-present)
  • Prosecutor, Mayfield Village (2013-present); assistant prosecutor (1998-2013)
  • Prosecutor, Gates Mills (2014-present); assistant prosecutor (1998-2013)
  • Prosecutor, Hunting Valley (2008-present); assistant prosecutor (1998-2007)
  • Legal counsel, NORMA
  • Assistant legal advisor, SPAN
  • Prosecutor, Lyndhurst (2014-2015); assistant prosecutor (2007-2013)
  • Legal counsel, South Euclid (1998-2003)
  • Assistant prosecutor, Bedford (1992-1997)
  • Assistant prosecutor, Highland Hills (1992-1997)
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University (JD, 1991)
  • Miami University (BS, mass communications, 1987)

Professional and civic activities

Publications and interviews

Speaking engagements

  • Guest lecturer, “Current Developments in Drunk Driving Law,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association seminar (November 2015)
  • Instructor on laws and regulations, classes for Ohioans seeking licenses to carry concealed weapons (2013-2014)
  • Featured lecturer, “OVI Law Update,” CLE, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University (December 2013)