Summit County Court of Common Pleas

At Patituce & Associates, we believe in providing experienced criminal defense counsel for clients facing one of the most troubling, confusing times of their lives. The strength of our team is the main reason we can accomplish this task. With more than 70 years of collective legal experience, our team has been able to take 200+ cases to trial.

Our team consists of former prosecutors, attorneys who are licensed to practice in four different states, and attorneys who have been regularly featured in the media. If you are looking for a team of powerhouse defense lawyers in the Summit County area, you have come to the right place.

Experienced Summit County Court of Common Pleas Attorneys

If you are in need of a criminal defense lawyer, it is important to find someone who is familiar with the local laws and court system in Summit County. At Patituce & Associates, LLC, our attorneys have experience representing clients in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas and have established positive relationships with the judges and prosecutors in the court. Our previous experience in this particular court allows us to effectively prepare our clients and their cases for their hearings.

What is the Common Pleas Court?

The Summit County Court of Common Pleas, General Division, is a court of general jurisdiction, handling both criminal and civil cases. The Common Pleas Court is charged with dispensing justice, resolving disputes, and protecting the constitutional rights of those who appear before the Court. Ten Judges preside over both types of cases which number more than 1,600 each year.

Adult Probation

The County of Summit, Adult Probation Department, is part of the General Division of the Court of Common Pleas. The Department works under the direction of the Common Pleas Judges and the Court Executive’s Office. The Probation Department is charged with providing supervision of offenders in the community, as well as producing various investigative reports for the Court.

The goal of the Department is to facilitate effective and efficient rehabilitative efforts for the offenders resulting in the creation of a safer environment for the citizens of Summit County. Supervising offenders includes maintaining personal contact with the offenders and making appropriate referrals to community agencies.

Address & Information

Physical Address

209 S. High Street
Akron, OH 44308


M-F 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Court Executive Office:

Robert Gainer – Court Executive Officer: 330-643-2190
Ken Teleis – Assistant Court Executive Officer: 330-643-5479
Ruth Squires – Special Projects: 330-364-2226 

Adult Probation:

Kerri Defibaugh – Director of Offender Services: 330-643-7966


Kani O’Connor – Chief Magistrate: 330-643-2397
Dawn Humphrys – Assistant Magistrate: 330-643-2275

Department of Operations:

LeAnn Backer – Director, Civil & Criminal Dept. Operations: 330-643-2288

Civil Filing Desk:


Criminal Filing Desk:


Domestic Relations:



Get the Criminal Defense Team You Deserve

The consequences of a criminal conviction, even for a misdemeanor, can be too much to bear for any defendant. Besides serving time in jail, incurring hefty fines, and the risk of losing important civil rights, having a criminal record can negatively affect your reputation, and future employment, education, and housing opportunities. It also affects your ability to be approved for certain loans.

With everything that is potentially at stake, getting expert legal assistance is paramount. And this is what you get with Patituce & Associates. We have a team of highly skilled and experienced Akron criminal defense attorneys who are prepared to do what it takes to protect your rights, reputation, freedom, and future. Call us today at 440-471-7784 to get started.