Michael W. Rickett - Chief Criminal Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Chief Criminal Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Michael Rickett works in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office Felony Division.  In addition to supervising the Felony and Misdemeanor Divisions of the Office, Michael serves as the Law Enforcement Liaison tasked with providing legal advice and training to the various departments in Wayne County.  Michael has over ten years of experience as a criminal prosecutor including numerous felony jury trials.    

Michael is a graduate of Wooster High School where he played on the soccer and lacrosse teams.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Wheaton College (IL) and his Juris Doctorate Degree from The University of Akron School of Law.

From 2004-2005, Michael served as a term Federal Law Clerk for The Honorable Randolph Baxter (Ret.), Chief Judge of The United State Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

From 2006-2011, Michael was employed as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office in both the Juvenile and Felony Divisions.

From 2011-2012, he served here in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office as the Juvenile Division Supervisor where he prosecuted Abuse, Neglect and Dependency cases, as well as Delinquency matters. 

From 2012-2016, Michael again worked for the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office Felony Division.  There, he prosecuted a variety of felony cases including violent crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, felonious assault, drug-trafficking and criminal street gangs.  

In April of 2016, he returned to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.  

In addition to serving as a Assistant Prosecutor, Michael is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Akron School of Law where he teaches Trial Advocacy I & II and an Adjunct Instructor at The Ohio State University (ATI) where he teaches Business Law.