Department of Law


Leadership Team

Mark D. Griffin is the Law Director and Chief Legal Counsel of the City of Cleveland. As Law Director, he provides legal advice to Mayor Justin M. Bibb and Cleveland City Council. Mr. Griffin also manages a staff of 80+ individuals who  prosecute crimes, defend the City in civil litigation, draft contracts, represent Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, advise Cleveland Public Power, and help oversee local tax collections.

Ronda G. Curtis was sworn in as the City of Cleveland’s Chief Corporate Counsel on June 4, 2018,  leading the City’s Transactional Law Division. Ms. Curtis came to the City of Cleveland in 2005 and has been the City’s Chief Assistant Director of Law since 2006.

Elena N. Boop joined the Cleveland Department of Law  as Chief of Litigation in 2017 and was appointed  Chief Trial Counsel in 2022.  As Chief Trial Counsel, Ms. Boop leads the Civil Division overseeing all claims and litigation involving the City of Cleveland.

Aqueelah A. Jordan was sworn in  as Chief Prosecutor on July 21, 2020. In her role, Ms. Jordan oversees the Criminal Division of the City of Cleveland Law Department, representing  the City in the Ohio Court of Appeals, Eighth Appellate District. Her cases involve domestic violence, assault, criminal damaging, child endangering, and OVI.

Delanté Spencer Thomas was sworn in  by Mayor Justin M. Bibb as the City of Cleveland’s first-ever Chief Ethics Officer on May 2, 2022. In his role, Mr. Thomas serves as the senior ethics advisor to both Mayor Bibb and the City Law Director. He also provides advice and counsel to all City employees on issues involving the application of ethics laws and navigating conflicts of interest. Mr. Thomas is responsible for building and maintaining an ethics and compliance education program for workforce of over 8,000 City employees.