As a native Clevelander, Mr. Mastandrea has a homegrown understanding of the nature of practicing law in Northeast Ohio. Living in Cleveland for over 30 years has enabled Mr. Mastandrea to identify with his client’s individual stories and grasp their unique legal situations. As a third generation Cleveland attorney, Mr. Mastandrea continues to bring a local approach to his practice which spans numerous municipalities and counties in Northeast Ohio.
Cleveland Criminal Defense Attorney
Attorney Mastandrea has practiced criminal defense law first hand from many different standpoints. As a former staff attorney for the Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office, Rod was responsible for handling a wide array of criminal matters ranging from lower level traffic violations to first degree felonies. Mr. Mastandrea was one of the staff members responsible for the Pilot Program where he handled a hefty caseload of felony matters in the earliest stages of the defense process. Rod Mastandrea worked with his clients and the courts to expedite justice and resolve cases in favor of his clients in an efficient and positive manner. During his time with the Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Mastandrea also took many cases through the entire judicial process, from early disposition hearings to the pretrial process, to co-counseling felony trials.
Large Firm Experience.
Attorney Mastandrea has also practiced criminal defense in a large firm setting. As a Cleveland associate attorney, Mr. Mastandrea headed the Cleveland Criminal Defense Practice for a local Ohio firm. As head of this practice group, Attorney Mastandrea again managed a large caseload with a vast array of cases including traffic offenses, OVI defense, Misdemeanor and Felony offenses. His practice led him to become extremely familiar with the inner workings of local courts including all 14 municipal courts in Cuyahoga County and the various municipal courts in Lake, Lorain, Summit, Geauga, Stark, and Trubull counties. He also worked extensively in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.
Small Firm Service.
Although grateful for this challenging and rewarding experience, Mr. Mastandrea believes that the best representation comes from a small boutique firm and a personal approach. In private practice Mr. Mastandrea has found that he can devote his skilled expertise and legal acumen to his clients and represent each individual client, not as a number in a caseload, but as a person he knows by name.
Seeking Justice for Each Criminal Defense Client
Whether the case is a minor misdemeanor traffic violation or a first degree felony, Mr. Mastandrea believes each client deserves the full breadth of his time, knowledge, and commitment to imparting justice though relentless advocacy of truth, fairness, and the constitutional rights guaranteed to every American.
Rod’s practice is located in Cleveland, Ohio but also serves Cleveland, Beachwood, Independence, Westlake, Euclid, Mentor, Painesville, Chardon, Chagrin Falls, Ravenna, Kent, Aurora, Hudson, Akron, Medina, Lorain, and Elyria. The Cleveland criminal defense attorney also serves Cuyahoga County, Summit County, Lake County, Portage County, Geauga County, Lorain County, and Medina County.
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Defense
- OVI Defense
- Sex Crime Defense
- Drug Defense
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Ohio, 2009
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2012
- Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
- J.D. – 2008
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
- Honors: Dean's List
- Major: Political Science
- DIP, Alternative Horizons, 2015 – Present
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Ohio Bar Association, Member, 2009 - Present
- Cuyahoga County Defense Lawyers, Member, 2015 – Present
Past Employment Positions
- Cuyahoga County Public Defenders Office, Clerk/Attorney, 2007 - 2009
- Luftman Heck and Associates, Associate Attorney, 2010 – 2011
Excellent service. No BS HE DELIVERS CALL ROD MASTANDREA
I am a truck driver and I managed to make a trailer convertible under a bridge. The local law enforcement gave me a RECKLESS DRIVING ticket among other tickets. That is a CAREER ENDING TICKET for me. I called Rod Mastandrea and he DISMISSED THE TICKETS IN LESS THAN A MONTH!!! Everyone makes mistakes sometimes. IF YOU EVER MAKE A MISTAKE CALL ROD. Extremely professional, cordial and back straight, he kept me up to date and told me not to worry. HE DELIVERED!!! Once again thank you Rod
This was my first experience with a lawyer and Rod made it as easy and stress free as possible. He was quick to respond to any questions with throurough answers, which helped give me peace of mind leading to my court date. Throught the entire process Rod went above and beyond to make sure I was informed and at ease. He was able to resolve my legal matters and follow through on all promises. I would highly recommend this lawyer to anyone looking for legal representation. Thanks again Rod!
Rod was highly recommended. He was compassionate, helpful and attentive to my legal information needs. He was very quick to respond to my inquiries and provided solid advice and counsel with regards to a serious traffic violation. My charges were reduced and I had minimal fines. We appreciate all the work and effort he put into my case. I would recommend Rod Mastandrea to anyone in need of legal representation.
Rod was very professional through out the whole process. He really worked with us in every aspect from what to expect at court to help with billing. Couldn’t ask for a better lawyer.
Definitely Recommend Mastandrea Law
I would definitely recommend Mastandrea Law to represent you .Rod had my case dismissed in less than 10 minutes. I was very surprised. Very professional. Thank you !!
Incredible. Quick Follow UP!
Rod was incredible. Very quick follow up and communication throughout the process for a traffic ticket with great results. Highly recommend Mastandrea Law!
Rod did amazing on my case!! Took the stress of being from out of town right out. Always kept me informed & kept working the case till he got me what I wanted out of my charge. Couldn’t be happier with him.
The best lawyer in South Euclid Ohio
The best lawyer in South Euclid Ohio. Rod helped us tremendously, we were in Cleveland South Euclid/Beachwood for a funeral and Sunday morning on our way to breakfast after a devastating loss we were stopped by a Beachwood police officer for going 42 miles an hour on Harvard Road . Rod was professional, available, answered all of her questions, and dealt with the ticket professionally and successfully reduced are fine by 85%. Fair, effective, and an all around great guy. PS - has a great sense of humor.
If your in trouble hire Rod Masandrea
I was accused of committing a hit skip, and the stress of hearing the penalties made me lose a lot of sleep. Then I called Mr. Mastandrea and he assured me everything would work out for the best. He kept his word and got the hit skip dismissed and all I had to do was pay court costs and a small fine. If you want peace of mind in the time leading up to your court date hire Rod Mastandrea.
Intelligent, trustworthy and a man of his word!
Rod's professionalism and knowledge of the law was the reason my grandson's trial was so successful. I am so grateful to you for accomplishing what you told me you would do.
Excellent Representation - Highly Recommend
Rod's professionalism and expertise were a constant reassurance throughout my court proceedings. He was consistently available for questions and concerns that I had throughout the process. With his knowledge and advice, I was able to resolve my legal matter in a way that was entirely in my best interest. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone needing legal representation.
Rod was very helpful, he always answered my questions without any delay. Some of my questions were stupid and I asked them more than one time, he answered them patiently and explained me whats going to happen. He had a good relationship with the people in the court, it helped me get out of the court very soon, I did the right thing hiring him. Hope you don't get into any sort of trouble, but if you do I will definitely recommend him.
Rod is definitely worth hiring. He lowered my stress level for the whole process and took care of everything!! He was knowledgeable, a gentleman, and explained everything as it was happening. I would definitely hire him again!!
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