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Stephen Ernest Palmer

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Stephen E. Palmer is a trusted, accessible and honest Columbus criminal defense attorney of more than 20 years. He makes a sincere effort to know his clients on a personal level, and makes himself available outside of the regular 9 to 5. He understands that no two cases are the same, and neither are his clients’ needs.

He joined Eric J. Yavitch, in 1997 to form Yavitch & Palmer, located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Steve works in all aspects of criminal defense, from OVI/DUI charges to white collar crimes to child abuse and domestic violence. Click to learn about all of the firm’s practice areas.

Steve has been included in the Ohio Super Lawyers list for the last six years, was included in Columbus Business First’s 20 People to Know in 2014 and you can catch him every Wednesday morning lending legal advice on 99.7 The Blitz.

In 1995, Steve earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Capital University. While in law school, he began working in the criminal defense field as a clerk for practicing attorneys. 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. Aside from law, Steve enjoys running, biking, carpentry, and guitar.



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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
  3. White Collar Crime: 20%
  4. Appeals: 15%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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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 200110/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Selected to Super Lawyers ListSuper Lawyers2016
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Selected to Super Lawyers ListSuper Lawyers2015
Selected to Super Lawyers ListSuper Lawyers2014
Selected to Super Lawyers ListSuper Lawyers2013
Selected to Super Lawyers ListSuper Lawyers2012
Selected to Super Lawyers ListSuper Lawyers2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President/OwnerYavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A.1997 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Columbus Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember, Criminal Section1995 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1995 - Present
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
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ohio State Bar AssociationCriminal Advocacy2015