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2 James Duncan Plaza
Massillon, OH 44646

(330) 830-1718

The City of Massillon Law Department provides exceptional legal services to the City government by representing and providing legal advice to the Mayor, City Council, and all City departments and commissions.

The Law Department is comprised of two divisions: the Civil Division and the Criminal Division. The Law Department is headed by the City Law Director, who is responsible for the administration of the department and is elected at-large every four years.

The City of Massillon Law Department does not provide legal services or legal advice to private parties.

Meet your Massillon Law Director/Chief Prosecutor

Justin Richard has served his fellow citizens as a public servant in various capacities for the past twenty years. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in criminal justice, he worked as a child protective investigator and as a criminal intelligence analyst. Justin worked to protect the most innocent and defenseless members of our society. He then went to law school at the Ohio Northern College of Law, where he also interned with a local City Prosecutor’s Office, and later worked for a County Prosecutor’s Office. After being licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio, Justin embarked upon the next chapter of his legal career as an assistant felony prosecutor, where he had the responsibility of prosecuting felony crimes from their inception at grand jury, to trial, and through sentencing. In the over ten years that he worked as an assistant felony prosecutor,  Justin ensured justice was served by working hand in hand with law enforcement in felony cases involving crimes of theft, robbery, drugs, sex offenses, crimes against children, assault, battery, homicide, and capital murder.

In addition to his full-time employment as Massillon's Law Director and Chief Prosecutor, Justin volunteers at various local nonprofit organizations including St. Joseph’s soup kitchen and at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

"Massillon is my home. My wife and I have witnessed firsthand what a great community we live in and I feel a strong responsibility to the citizens of Massillon to serve them and continue making our community the City of Champions."
- Justin Richard