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I am a criminal defense lawyer with a practice in state and federal courts around Ohio, focusing on complex criminal cases and white collar criminal defense. The majority of my clients are professionals, public officials, and health care providers who are the subjects of state and federal investigations and prosecutions. 


My approach to cases is proactive, and I work with my clients to develop an aggressive plan to fully investigate and defend their cases at every stage. 


My jury trial experience ranges from OVI/DUI and assault to corporate fraud, ethics violations, drug trafficking and aggravated murder. I also have extensive appellate experience, and have argued in the Supreme Court of Ohio. Furthermore, I represent individuals and corporations involved in Government investigations, including state and federal law enforcement agencies, United States Department of Justice, Ohio Attorney General's Office, Ohio Ethics Commission, and Ohio Inspector General.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. White Collar Crime: 50%
    16 years
  2. Federal Crime: 30%
    16 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
    16 years

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Andrew Hugh Stevenson

    I strongly endorse David Thomas. I had the opportunity to work with him on a very complicated murder case. His attention to detail was remarkable and the effort he put forth successfully defending his client was outstanding. He is a thoughtful and caring attorney who is committed to defending his clients.

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    Andrew Stevenson Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Edward R. Forman

    My firm frequently refers our clients with criminal concerns to Mr. Thomas, and we have received nothing but positive feedback. Mr. Thomas evaluates his clients' situations holistically, addressing criminal issues in the context of a client's overall well being. We trust him with the most serious concerns.

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    Edward Forman Civil rights Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Taft Stettinius & Hollister

65 East State Street
Suite 1000
Columbus, OH, 43215

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
OHActive199905/15/2016
MNInactive200206/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
criminal defense: non-white collarBest Lawyers in America2015
Lawyers of the Year for criminal defense: white collar crimeBest Lawyers in America2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
criminal defense: white collarBest Lawyers in America2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
criminal defense: white collarBest Lawyers in America2014
criminal defense: non-white collarBest Lawyers in America2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
criminal defense: non-white collarBest Lawyers in America2013
criminal defense: white collarBest Lawyers in America2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale Hubbell2013
criminal defense: white collarBest Lawyers in America2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale Hubbell2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
criminal defense: non-white collarBest Lawyers in America2012
criminal defense: white collarBest Lawyers in America2011
criminal defense: non-white collarBest Lawyers in America2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerTaft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP2015 - Present
AttorneyR. William Meeks Co., LPA1999 - Present
PartnerMeeks & Thomas Co., LPA2013 - 2015
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Columbus Bar Association, Professional Ethics CommitteeN/A2009 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1999 - Present
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1999 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssocationN/A1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Ohio v. Eric HopkinsAcquitted after a two week jury trial
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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio State UniversityN/AJD - Juris Doctor1999
Wittenberg UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal Law SeriesEconomic Crimes2016
Criminal Law SeriesSuccessful Cross Examination2016
Ohio Public Employees Lawyers AssociationCriminal Law for the Public Employee2015
Criminal Advocacy SeminarResponding to Government Invitations2015
Criminal AdvocacyEvidentiary Issues at Trial2014
Trial Skills InstituteCross Examination2013
Criminal AdvocacyEvidentiary Issues at Trial2013
Trial Skills InstituteOpening Statements2011
Criminal Advocacy SeminarEvidentiary Issues at Trial2011
The Criminal Defense Trial from Start to FinishPresentation of Defense Evidence2008