Gus Frangos was born and raised in Northeast, Ohio. He graduated with honors from Akron University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He then graduated with honors from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 1982.
Gus Frangos began his law career with an extended law clerk externship with the Hon. John Manos (deceased) of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He then served as an associate attorney at the law firm of Ulmer & Berne from 1982 to 1986, concentrating in business law and litigation. During this period, Gus Frangos acquired concentrated experience in federal and state Rules of Procedure, court jurisdictional requirements and a broad array of civil transactional law and civil litigation.
In 1986, Gus Frangos was elected and served with distinction through 1993 as the 13th Ward Cleveland City Councilman. As Councilman, Gus Frangos concentrated on legislation in the areas of land use, development, disabilities accessibility, and neighborhood stabilization. Among many legislative accomplishments, Gus Frangos’ legislation includes authorship of the City’s Spot Blight Ordinance, abandoned vehicle removal ordinance and chief sponsorship of the City’s first rental registration ordinance. He established the first of its kind ward-based Court Community Service Program, utilizing neighborhood groups to supervise minor community offenders cleaning vacant lots and commercial strips in his Ward. Gus Frangos was the“downtown” councilman and therefore participated in the legislative processes associated with the expansion of Cleveland’s Warehouse District, sporting facilities, hotels and waterfront initiatives of the 80′s and 90′s. Gus Frangos served on Council’s Aviation, Waterfront Development and Finance Committees.
In 1993, Gus Frangos was appointed as a Magistrate Judge in the Cleveland Municipal Court where he served with distinction until 1997, all the while continuing his private practice of law. While at the Court, Gus established and administered the Small Claims Court’s current Small Claims Mediation Program.
In September 2004, Gus Frangos was retained by the Cuyahoga County Treasurer to assist in developing measures and legislative proposals to help re-purpose distressed real estate and expedite the tax foreclosure process on vacant and abandoned properties in the aftermath of the foreclosure and real estate collapse of the 2000′s. These efforts resulted in Gus Frangos drafting H.B. 293 and H.B. 294 (2004-Ohio General Assembly) and the recently passed S.B. 353 (2009-Ohio General Assembly), which established the first ever Land Reutilization Corporations, commonly known as “County Land Banks.” County Land Banks are now operating in over 15 counties throughout the State of Ohio. Moreover, the landmark “Land Bank” legislation crafted by Gus Frangos has now become a model nationally for it comprehensive approach to the repurposing and redevelopment of land in urban areas.
H.B. 293 provides real estate tax assistance to seniors through a link deposit program; H.B. 294 authorized expedited administrative tax foreclosures of abandoned land through the County Boards of Revision which are now occurring in several counties throughout the State of Ohio; and S.B. 353 authorizes County Land Reutilization Corporations with enhanced capabilities for the reclamation of distressed properties.
Gus Frangos continues to practice law out of his office in Hudson, Ohio. Gus Frangos is also the full-time President and General Counsel of the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation and his areas of legal concentration include land-related issues, Constitutional, commercial real estate, zoning, administrative and business transactional law.