Judge Paul J. Cucuzzella
Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Cucuzzella served 20 years as an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland, providing legal advice and representation to State Agencies. Judge Cucuzzella’s positions included Principal Counsel to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in 2022, Principal Counsel to the Maryland Department of Planning from 2013 to 2022, and senior litigator to the Department of Natural Resources from 2002 to 2013. As a litigator, Judge Cucuzzella regularly appeared in various matters in Maryland and federal trial and appellate courts.
Judge Cucuzzella is retired as a Colonel from the United States Army, having proudly served for over 26 years on both Active Duty and the Reserves in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. While in the JAG Corps, Judge Cucuzzella’s positions included, among others, prosecutor under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, appellate attorney, Staff Judge Advocate to the 82d Airborne Division, Military Judge, deployed Security Justice Advisor to the United States Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and unit Commander.
Judge Cucuzzella has a long history of service to both the legal community and his faith community. Since 2004 he has taught regularly at the University of Baltimore School of Law as an adjunct faculty member. In addition, he is a former member of the Section Council to the State and Local Government Section of the Maryland State Bar Association. And for many years, he has served as the youth basketball coordinator and as a soccer and basketball coach at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Towson.
Judge Cucuzzella graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University. He also holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
He is married to Heather H. Cucuzzella, Principal of the Immaculate Conception School in Towson. They have two daughters, both college students, Elizabeth at Tufts University and Caroline at the University of Rochester.