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James Shields Sweeney

Criminal defense Attorney at Powell, OH

4.8   26 reviews

also known as Jim Sweeney

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  • Licensed for 13 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Includes Assault and battery, Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, DWI/DUI/OWI, Traffic Violations, Possession of Drugs, Theft and Larceny, Burglary, Robbery, Arson, Rape, Homicide, & Manslaughter

    13 years

  2. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Includes Reckless driving, Speeding, Expired registration, Expired license, Running a red light or stop sign, Failure to signal when changing lanes, Failure to wear a seat-belt, Driving under the influence, Driving without a license or with a suspend

    13 years

  3. DUI and DWI
    Raise the strongest tailored DUI/OVI defense possible. I mount the best defense possible for each one of my clients based on the unique facts of their cases.

    13 years

  4. Family

    12 years

  5. Juvenile law

    13 years


James S. Sweeney is the founder and managing member of James Sweeney Law, LLC. A native of Central Ohio, James was born in Columbus and grew up in Marysville.

Prior to starting his own practice in Central Ohio, James worked as an Intern at the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. While in law school, he also worked as a Legal Intern at the Reynoldsburg City Attorney’s Office, where he served as a Prosecutor at the Reynoldsburg Mayor’s Court, and as an Extern at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. He formerly served as the Village Solicitor of Alexandria, Ohio.

Prior to attending law school, James lived for several years in the Washington, D.C. area where he worked on Capitol Hill for United States Senator John Breaux and interned for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

James graduated Marysville High School in 1999, after which he attended Ohio University where he graduated in 2003 with a degree in History. He graduated from Capital University Law School in 2010.


Client's Choice 2015,2014
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James Sweeney Law, LLC


4.8 / 5.0
  26 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Scott | August 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great service
From my very first email to James to my very last, he was quick to respond personally. Was very familiar with my case and kept me updated the entire time. Would recommend his services to others.
Posted by Crystal | February 26, 2014
Great Attorney!!!
James really listened to what I had to say and took into consideration my requests. He worked as a team with me instead of acting as if he knew better. I got the legal outcome I wanted and he kept being a felon from happening to me!!!!
Posted by Bruce | August 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Does a thorough and professional job!
James handled my situation perfectly with quality and expertise. I highly recommend!
Posted by Cinthia | October 8, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
he was very good..he was a public defender and worked hard and very through on my case .always returns phone calls. a good gentleman
Posted by Carleen | August 28, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Review of Attorney James Sweeney
I got a ticket for approaching a police vehicle on the interstate. It was a trap that had been run that day. No accidents just out writing tickets. Heavy traffic so I couldn’t move over. I slowed down but the officer didn’t feel I slowed down enough. Anyway I was very upset . I called a couple of different attorneys and found James. He was very nice. Reasonable fee and took care of everything. I was really worried and upset about getting 2 points, increase in insurance rates etc. he calmed my anxieties, explaining the process that was happening. In the end charges dismissed by me paying court cost. I was and am very relieved.
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2019
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Quick and Professional
James was easy to work with when getting a record sealed - very professional and courteous.
Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Helped in a tough time
I was stuck in jail, and Mr. Sweeney helped me out a lot. The last few months were beyond stressful, and during my stuggles he always reassured me and kept me calm. I recommended James Sweeney for a criminal defensive. He is there for you when you need him.
Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Speeding ticket reduced and solved!!!
Received a speeding ticket in Meigs County Ohio. Contacted Mr. James Sweeney and he handled the issues in a helpful and informative way. Please hire, he is inexpensive and thorough!
Posted by Jason | October 9, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A True Helper
I had just violated my first (and hopefully last) traffic law, and I didn't have too much knowledge on what to do, who to go to, what to ask for, and more. When I contacted Mr. James Sweeney, he immediately stepped in to help. He was responsive, clearly explained everything I needed to know, and guided me through each step with relative ease. I would recommend him to anyone, whether it be their first or fiftieth traffic violation.
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Posted by James | September 21, 2016
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Calm, and reassurance
Jim was very cool calm and collective with my case and with me. When I felt things were out of my span of control he was confident things will be handled correctly. I hope I won't need his services again but if I do I wouldn't hesitate to give Jim a call.
Posted by Link | May 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
16 year old traffic tickets
James was very insightful and knowledgeable. A positive attitude stick to the facts didn't sugar coat anything. And most of all got the job done. I'm very thankful for James and I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Peggy | May 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Speeding Ticket defense
Mr. Sweeney defended me for a speeding charge in Ohio. Since I'm a resident of another state that has a different scale for the charge, he was able to get the charge reduced so that the points that transferred on my license was equivalent to the Ohio penalty.
Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2016
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Honest, forthright, and dependable!
Jim recently represented me in traffic court, and he did a superb job. Right away he was able to give me a detailed account of how the process would go, and what I could realistically except. When the day came I could not be present due to prior obligations and Jim was even able to take care of that! I would sincerely recommend him if you are seeking solid, dependable representation!
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Posted by Ken | December 24, 2015
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Pleasant experience
Cannot say enough good things. Courteous, professional, honest and upfront, only promise was to do the best he could do, and he did. I would highly recommend, will recommend to anyone that needs assistance.
Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Quick and painless process
Working with James Sweeney with my speeding ticket was a quick and easy process. James provided quick feedback with any questions or concerns. As an out of state resident, James made the best out of a bad situation.
Posted by David | August 9, 2015
Outstanding experience
This was my first time for a lawyer and Mr. Sweeney was prompt, professional, and accessible to us and our son. He talked with us extensively and was very prepared for our needs.
Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2015
very responsive and responsible
Handled my case with ease. Got rid of my points ( 3 points for speeding) I just walked in court for literally 2 mins. Signed off and back to my usual life ! very relaxed. And he knows what he is doing and he is doing it at the best !
Posted by Duke | January 30, 2015
Attorney James Sweeney did an outstanding job representing me. He vigorously defended me and protected my rights to the highest degree. If you are in need of an outstanding attorney, contact attorney James Sweeney for your legal needs.
Posted by Ronald | December 9, 2014
Excellent job!
James Sweeney did an excellent job working with the legal system in Ohio to get my ticket reduced. He insured that one bad day did not turn into three years of high insurance cost. Thank you.
Posted by Cher'ley | October 29, 2014
James Shields Sweeney did a great job for us.
He was very responsive and knowledgeable. The issue we had was very delicate and could have impacted our lives. He not only kept my husband informed, he kept me informed as well. He suggested what he might be able to do, but he far surpassed that. We really appreciate and respect Mr.Sweeney.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-200 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • James Sweeney Law, LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Village Solicitor
  • Village of Alexandria, Ohio
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Legal Intern
  • Reynoldsburg City Attorney
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Legal Intern
  • Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Legal Extern
  • Ohio Attorney General's Office
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Intern
  • United States Senator Bill Frist
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Archivist
  • United States Senator John Breaux
  • 2004 - 2005
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  • Capital University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • George Mason University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2007
  • Ohio University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003
  • Marysville High School
  • Diploma
  • 1999
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Felony conviction overturned on appeal.
  • Conviction overturned
  • Single Father charged with Theft
  • Case Dismissed
  • Small Business Owner charged with Disorderly Conduct
  • Case Dismissed
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  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Ohio Supreme Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2010 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Jessop International Law Moot Court Team
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Jessop International Law Moot Court Team
  • Fellow
  • 2008 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyers
  • Columbus C.E.O. Magazine
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Order of the Curia
  • Capital University Law School
  • 2010
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Ohio University
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (14)
Endorse James
Appeals Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a long time friend of mine and fellow central Ohio attorney. He is very experienced in dealing with criminal matters, and appellate level practice. We frequently discuss legal matters related to our practice, and I often refer individuals to his firm when I am unable to represent them. Highly recommended."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with James Sweeney on several cases and he is among the best in the legal community. He works hard to get the best result for his clients. I very strongly endorse him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is a great person, fantastic at what he does and an absolute pleasure to work with."
Juvenile law Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Sweeney is a very hard working and knowledgeable attorney. We had a very unique and difficult case together. James was very professional and communicated quickly on time sensitive matters."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a trustworthy, knowledgeable and dependable attorney and I have no hesitation recommending him to my clients."
Family Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jim was the Guardian ad litem on a case that I worked on. He was respectful, receptive to my client's position, empathetic, and apparently put in the time and effort to understand the situation. I would be happy to work with Jim again on other matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Sweeney. He is extremely knowledgeable, respected by and respectful of the Courts, and is dependable. Clients are lucky to have an advocate like Attorney Sweeney."
Child abuse Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a thorough, thoughtful, and capable attorney who passionately represents his clients. Jim is courteous and timely in his responses, and consistently exhibits professionalism and legal expertise.//"
Child support Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Sweeney will put in the time to get you the anwser you need in your legal matter. I would recommend this attorney if you have any domestice relations needs."
General practice Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. James is a consummate professional whom I have recommended with the utmost confidence on several occasions."
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Powell Criminal defense Lawyer James Shields Sweeney
James Shields Sweeney
Criminal defense Attorney
Powell, OH
Licensed for 13 years
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