About the Judge and Court
About the Judge
Honorable Judge Robert N. Rusu, Jr.
Term Expires 2/9/2027
Judge Robert N. Rusu, Jr. is the 20th Probate Judge of Mahoning County. He was appointed as our probate judge by the Governor on July 8, 2014 and won election to the bench in the November 2014 general election. Judge Rusu brings more than 21 years of Probate experience to the bench. Prior to becoming the judge, he practiced exclusively in the area of Probate Administrations, Guardianships, Estate Planning, Medicaid, and issues regarding aging.
Judge Rusu is very active in his community. Judge Rusu has served on the “Alzheimer’s Assistance and Referral Network”, the “Mahoning Valley Campfire Council”, past president of the “Canfield Baseball Club” and is a current member of the “Canfield Athletic Boosters, Inc.” In addition, Judge Rusu is also active as an officer with the Ohio Probate Judges Association and a member of the Ohio Judicial College, Probate Law and Procedure Committee.
Judge Rusu is married to his wife of 30 years, Cheryl and they have four children: Nathaniel, Michael, Alex, and Mackenzie; and three grandchildren: Lainey, Ryker, and Jacey. Judge Rusu is a graduate of Canfield High School. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University and earned his Juris Doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.