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Shawn is very active in the greater-Dayton community as a whole.  In addition to his involvement in the legal community he also participates in his local church activities, community theater, and several sports.  In his free time he enjoys travel, spending time with his family, movies, cards, and watching hockey and football on television.


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Practice areas

  1. Criminal Defense: 35%
    10 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    10 years
  3. Juvenile: 20%
    10 years
  4. Family: 15%
    10 years
  5. Appeals: 10%
    10 years



Hourly ($150-225/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

131 N. Ludlow St.
Ste. 630
Dayton, OH, 45402


OHNot Registered200511/23/2015

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Indefinite Suspension
    issued in OH, 2015


    Suspended indefinitely means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for an unknown period of time. The attorney will need to re-apply for admission to the Bar if he or she intends to resume practice in the future.

  2. Stay revoked
    issued in OH, 2014


    This means an attorney on probation has violated its terms and the original discipline, usually a suspension, has been reinstated. He or she will not be able to practice law again until the suspension expires.

  3. Suspension Stayed
    issued in OH, 2014


    Suspension stayed means the attorney has been suspended, but that the suspension is placed on hold (and ultimately removed) if the attorney complies with certain requirements.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
CALI Award Basic Real Estate TransactionsThe Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction2005
CALI Award Civil Trial PracticeThe Center for Computer Assiisted Legal Instruction2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDeal & Hooks, LLC2011 - Present
OwnerHooks Law, LLC2010 - 2010
Adjunct AdvisorThe University of Dayton School of Law2008 - 2009
AttorneyHolzfaster, Cecil, McKnight & Mues2008 - 2010
Senior AssociateScaccia & Associates, LLC2006 - 2007
Law ClerkMontgomery County Court of Common Pleas2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dayton Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees2010 - Present
Dayton Bar Association, Congeniality Within the Profession CommitteeCo-Chair2009 - Present
Greene County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Dayton Chapter)Member2009 - Present
Dayton Bar Association, Criminal Law and Its Enforcement CommitteeCommittee Co-Chair2008 - Present
Ohio State Bar Assoication Young Lawyer SectionCouncil Member2008 - Present
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2008 - Present
Dayton Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hofit Jenkins v. Avraham Jenkins, et al.Decision under Hague Convention
Hofit Jenkins v. Avraham Jenkins, et al.Petition under Hague Treaty denied
State v. GillespieFelonious assault conviction reversed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Dayton Bar Association Bar BriefsUsing a Police Report During Trial2009
Ohio Family Law BlogShould Ohio Social Workers Be Looking Over Their Shoulders?2009
Ohio Family Law BlogInternational Custody Cases in Federal Court are Complex2009
Ohio Family Law BlogA Dramatic New Guardian Ad Litem Rule in Ohio2009
Ohio Family Law BlogOhio Domestic Violence Proceedings - The Survey Says...2009
Ohio Family Law BlogWho Says I Can't Own a Gun?2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Miami UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
University of DaytonN/AlawN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal Law Certification SeminarCriminal Law Certification2011
Dayton Bar Association Annual Criminal Law DayCriminal Law Professionalism Panel2010
Dayton Bar Association Criminal Law Certification SeminarPost-Sentencing Obligations for the criminal defense attorney2009