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Anthony R. Petruzzi

Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.5478 | F 216.592.5009

Anthony Petruzzi focuses his practice in the areas of white collar criminal defense, corporate investigations, and business litigation.

Tony’s white collar criminal defense and corporate investigations experience includes the defense of individuals and entities under investigation for or charged with bank fraud, criminal RICO, FCPA, false claims, bribery, public corruption, money laundering, SEC violations, healthcare fraud, tax fraud, federal and state gambling offenses, and mortgage fraud. Tony also has experience in conducting internal investigations for private and public companies related to whistleblower complaints, employee wrongdoing, and accusations of corporate misconduct. His civil litigation experience includes the defense of individuals and entities against fraud, product liability, consumer protection, and civil RICO claims, as well as business and commercial disputes.

The nature of Tony’s practice requires extensive experience and knowledge related to e-discovery. He frequently advises and works with clients on e-discovery issues when responding to subpoenas and discovery requests and in conducting internal investigations. His experience includes working with vendors and internal specialists in the collection and processing of electronic data, as well as supervising the review and production of electronic data for clients.

Tony acted as an Assistant Special Prosecutor for the Ohio Attorney General. He is also former chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, and has been named to the list of Ohio Super Lawyers® in the area of white collar criminal defense. His work on the successful amendment of Ohio Criminal Rule 16 (“Open Discovery”) earned him recognition from the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

education & admissions


  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., 1997)
  • Ohio University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1994)

state admissions

  • Ohio, 1998

federal admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1998
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1998
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2003
services & industries

service areas

industries represented

  • Construction Contractors
  • Financial Institutions
  • Gambling
  • General Contractors
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Mortgage Brokers
  • Private Households & Individuals

Representative Matters

  • Defended individual against federal bank fraud charges
  • Defended officer of major gaming device manufacturer against federal criminal charges of illegal gambling, conspiracy, RICO violations, and money laundering
  • Represented mortgage lenders and title companies in civil and criminal cases
  • Defended tobacco company in individual and class action product liability, wrongful death, and consumer protection cases
  • Defended major pharmaceutical company in product liability case
  • Defended alcoholic beverage manufacturer in consumer protection class action case resulting in dismissal
  • Defended major national banks in consumer protection and mortgage fraud cases
  • Analyzed gaming and sweepstakes laws in numerous jurisdictions across the United States for major companies in the gaming and sweepstakes industry
publications & events

Speaking Engagements

  • "Criminal Law Update," Speed CLE: A Year in Review of Ten Practice Areas," Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (December 2017)
  • "A Day in the Life – Managing Your Practice," New Lawyer Bootcamp, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (December 2017)
  • "10 Things a GC Needs to Know in the Evolving World of Criminal Investigations and Enforcement," 2016 In-House Counsel Summit, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2016)
  • "Forensic Accountants, The Indispensable Experts," Cleveland State University Monte Ahuja College of Business, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2015)
  • "Criminal Exposures: When and How to Involve or Address Law Enforcement Officials," Tucker Ellis Privacy and Data Security Risks: Are You Prepared?, Cleveland, Ohio (July 2015)
  • "Significant Cases from Northeast Ohio, State of Ohio v. Ariel Castro," Moderator, Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court and Charles F. Scanlon/Judge Samuel H. Bell Inn of Court, Cleveland, Ohio (April 2015)
  • "Forensic Accounting & White Collar Crime," Cleveland State University Monte Ahuja College of Business, Cleveland, Ohio (April 2015)
  • "Drawing Up a Game Plan: Litigation Madness," Tucker Ellis/McGladrey Marching Through the Madness: Making Your Financial Services Team a Winner in Risk and Compliance, Cleveland, Ohio (March 2015)
  • "Health Care Enforcement from the Defense Perspective," Health Care Compliance Association, Upper North Central Regional Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio (May 2014)
  • "Health Care Fraud: What Every Healthcare and Criminal Attorney Should Know," Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (March 2014)
  • "What Tangled Webs We Lawyers Weave: Legal and Ethical Issues in the Medical Corporate Tree," West Virginia United Health System (January 2014)



Awards & Professional Recognition

  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Champion of Justice Award (2010)
  • The Supreme Court of Ohio, Certificate of Recognition (2010)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®
    • Criminal Defense: White Collar (2012-2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2013-2018)
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • Cleveland Zoological Society, Board of Trustees
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation, Fellow, Class of 2012
  • The Judge John M. Manos American Inn of Court, Barrister
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Criminal Law Section, Chair (2007-2008)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
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