The Honorable Joan Synenberg
Judge Joan Synenberg, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
"Feeling good as a lawyer is about giving to someone who needs your help."

~ Joan Synenberg
Judge Joan Synenberg has served on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas bench for 9 years. Judge Synenberg also served as a Cleveland Municipal Court Judge for 2 years.

In addition to her civil and criminal docket, Judge Synenberg presides over Recovery Court, a specialized docket supervising people with drug addiction and trauma. This dual diagnosis docket is the first of its kind in the State of Ohio and is certified by the Ohio Supreme Court. Previously, Judge Synenberg served on the Common Pleas Court’s Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities docket for 5 years.

Under Judge Synenberg’s leadership, hundreds of lawyers have participated in complimentary continuing legal education courses in exchange for donating their legal services to persons in need. Judge Synenberg spearheaded numerous pro bono initiatives including active involvement in expungement education, conducting dozens of community forums on the topic since 2005.

Judge Joan Synenberg with her husband Roger.

Before assuming the bench, Judge Synenberg engaged in an active criminal and civil trial practice for 16 years. She graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1988. In 2009, she was honored with the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Outstanding Alumna Award.

Raised in Cleveland, Judge Synenberg is a graduate of Mayfield High School and in 2010 was inducted into their Hall of Fame. Judge Synenberg toured for one year with the international cast of Up With People, volunteered with Community Re-Entry Resource Network and worked as a social worker at the Cuyahoga County jail.

In each of her four previous judicial elections, Judge Synenberg received the highest rating (4.0) from all participating bar associations in the "Judge 4 Yourself" Judicial Ratings Coalition. She was endorsed, in each election, by police, fire, organized labor, the Plain Dealer and Call & Post.

She and her husband, Roger, live in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood.