Russo (born December 8, 1946) is an American attorney, politician of the Democratic Party, and judge.
He was majority leader of the Cleveland City Council and unsuccessfully ran in the 1979 Cleveland mayoral election.
Later he served as a judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas and a judge of the Ohio's Eighth District Court of Appeals.Russo served as managing partner of the law firm of Russo, Rosalina & Co, LPA from the firm's founding in 1978 until his retirement in 2014.
In 2014, Basil was elected as president of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America.
He is the father of Anthony and Joe Russo, directors of several successful Marvel superhero films, Angela Otstot, Senior Vice President of Story at AGBO Films, and Gabriella Rosalina, Managing Partner of Russo, Rosalina & Co.