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Stephen Ernest Palmer

Stephen Ernest Palmer

Practice areas:

Appeals, Criminal Defense, White Collar Crime

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About Me

Stephen E. Palmer joined fellow Columbus native, Eric J. Yavitch in forming the law firm of Yavitch & Palmer in 1997. Steve is a Columbus Criminal Defense attorney who focuses his practice on the following areas of law: Criminal Defense; Domestic Violence; Driving While Intoxicated; Appellate Practice; White Collar Crime; Traffic Violations; Drug Crimes; Felonies; Homicide; Misdemeanors; Parole and Probation; and Sexual Assault. He regularly consults with other attorneys in areas of evidence, trial preparation and appellate practice.

 Stephen Palmer is admitted to the Ohio State Bar; the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court. Listed in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers comprised of select firms and attorneys who have earned the AV Peer Review Rating.

In 1995, Steve earned his law degree, magna cum laude,from Capital University. While in law school, Steve began working in the criminal defense field as a clerk for practicing attorneys. He was a member of the Law Review and published an article detailing Ohio's drinking and driving laws. Steve completed his undergraduate work at the College of Wooster where he participated in varsity football and track. He studied Anglo legal history, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in History.

After earning his law degree, Steve immediately formed his own firm in the field of criminal defense. Professional organizations to which Steve belongs include the Columbus Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar and the American Bar Association (Member, Criminal Section). He also belongs to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Aside from law, Steve enjoys numerous hobbies, including running, biking, carpentry, and guitar.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  1. Appeals: 34%
  2. White Collar Crime: 33%
  3. Criminal Defense: 33%

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

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    I've worked with Mr. Palmer on a few cases over the past couple years, and I am always impressed by his work. Not only does he have years of experience to draw on when advocating for a client, he also is creative and innovative in crafting a defense. I highly recommend him for criminal defense work.


    Alexandra Murray
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Stephen. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

511 South High Street
Columbus, OH, 43215



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200108/25/2015

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Avvo Contributions

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Columbus Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember, Criminal SectionN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A


Publication NameTitleDate
Ohio Courtroom Evidence, Third EditionOhio Courtroom Evidence, Third Edition, Lexis Law Publishing, co-authored with John Palmer1998
Capital University Law ReviewOrder of the Curia, 1994-19951995
Capital University Law ReviewCo-Author State v. Vega and Ohio's Operating Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated (OMVI) Law; per se Unconstitutional?, No. 3, Vol. 241995


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Capital University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
College of WoosterHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1992