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Ryan Michael Shafer

DUI and DWI Attorney at Columbus, OH

4.5   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Ryan

Learn Ryan’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    50%

    16 years, 500 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    30%

    16 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Juvenile law
    10%

    11 years, 100 cases

  4. Violent crime
    10%

    16 years, 250 cases

Ryan Shafer is a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney who defends the rights of those facing criminal charges in Central Ohio. Shafer is an attorney at Joslyn Law Firm in Dayton, Ohio. There he handles a variety of cases, including DUI, drug crimes, violent crimes and white collar offenses.  

Shafer studied business and minored in political science at the University of Cincinnati, where he graduated Cum Laude in 2002. He earned his Juris Doctor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 2006 and became licensed to practice law in Ohio the following year.

Shafer began his work in the legal field at Dominic Frank Law Offices, and he later became a public defender at the Franklin County Public Defender's Office. As a public defender he represented those facing a range of misdemeanors and felonies across Franklin County, from drug possession to felony assault.

Shafer participates in several legal organizations, including the Ohio Association for Justice, National College of DUI Defense, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. When he is not in the office, he volunteers with the Salvation Army and the Legal Aid Society.

Location

Joslyn Law Firm
501 South High Street
Columbus, OH, 43215

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Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
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Posted by Ben | October 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Domestic Violence and Assault Case Dismissed
I hired Ryan in February of 2020 and with COVID the court dates got pushed back and pushed back. I write this review today that my case is finally over and Ryan has went above and BEYOND expectations. I previously hired Ryan 2 years ago for a different case and that case went very well and I'm very pleased with the two outcomes. I highly recommend hiring Ryan for all your needs in court.
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Posted by William | April 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
OVI to a Physical control
So he came recommended by a few friends and i gave him a shot not sure what to expect. After a few continuations he came in and told me they dropped it to a physical control and zero points on the licence. Excellent considering they had a breathalyzer on me. this guy is worth every penny. basically saved my job because i have to drive for a living on company insurance.!!!!! thanks Ryan!!!
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Posted by Danny | December 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I was in need of a lawyer and saw the reviews for Ryan in which the positive reviews are very accurate. My experience with Ryan has been great. He is very professional, and Ryan and his staff are extremely helpful during my situation. Ryan is very communicative, and answered all of my questions during the process. He took care of every last detail for me when I am not familiar with the legal process, and made it stress free for me. I ended up with a great result thanks to Ryan and his staff, and would highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Matt | April 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Ryan Shafer was an excellent lawyer when dealing with my traffic accident citation case. He was extremely knowledgeable and helped me resolve the case quickly and efficiently. When in court, he was both professional and confident. He provided me with great legal advice and kept me informed at all times. Ryan helped to clarify my options and was able to answer any questions that I had regarding my case. With his assistance, I was able to move quickly through the legal process. He handled all of the fine details. I was very pleased with the outcome of my case. I highly recommend Ryan Shafer.
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Posted by Cole | December 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Ryan is a great lawyer, he successfully helped my charges of OVI get dropped. Perfect customer service on his end, I never had any trouble with Ryan. He's a great lawyer and a very nice person. Thanks again for all the help Ryan.
Posted by cory | December 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
ryan m shafer
Very friendly. Professional. Efficient. And a straight shooter. Highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Winner!
I was charged with an OVI in Delaware County. This was my first brush with the law and I was very stressed and scared. I originally hired an attorney that didn't specialize in OVI cases. It quickly became clear that this was a mistake. I decided to switch attorneys and contacted Ryan Shafer. This was like going from the minor leagues to the big leagues. Ryan had a strategy for my case immediately and carried it out like the professional that he is. My case was immediately reduced to a physical control and my year long administrative license suspension was taken down to 6 months. I would recommend Ryan Shafer to anyone who is facing these types of very serious charges. The piece of mind that your case is being handled by an expert in his field is well worth it.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2016
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Best of the Best
Having my 1st DV charge or arrest ever, and being scared, Ryan truly made sure to make me feel at ease. Explained everything to me, from start to finish. He was even able to get my case expunged. Not only did he go above and beyond for me, but did everything he promised he would do. No one better than Ryan to take care of you! Truly has your best interest at heart!
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Amazing
I contacted Ryan Shafer about a DWI charge and since this was my first time in court I was extremely anxious. But, after having met and spoken to him, I was sure my case was in the best possible hands. He was professional, confident, and assured me that things would be okay. He believes in what he does, he cares, and he was there to fight for me. I think it is very rare to find integrity anymore, and I am so grateful to him for having that quality and all of the help I received. Highly recommend!
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Posted by James | April 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Multiple OVI's Franklin County, DUS Licking, Pickaway
I was charged with multiple OVI offenses Franklin county, driving under OVI suspension in Licking and Pickaway county. I hired Ryan Shafer to represent me for all offenses. I received fines and 1 year non-reporting probation, 6 month license suspension. No jail! For Franklin county Licking county carried a mandatory minimum 3 days jail they suspended my license 1 year. Considering my prior offenses was a gift..... Then finally Pickaway same charge as Licking carried a mandatory minimum 10 days jail for 2nd offense driving under OVI suspension was dismissed, and charged with invalid tags received a fine!! I would highly recommend Ryan to anyone family, friends!! I was facing serious penalties. Don't just hire the first attorney you talk to, you should ask around do some research online. Most attorneys will tell you what you wanna hear. The successful ones won't say anything they will show you with results!! I was ready to wave the white flag, and give up! I couldn't imagine things would of turned out the way they did...... I'm grateful and just relieved now it's all behind me!
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Posted by Michael | January 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Peace of mind
Having Ryan represent me was the best choice I could have made after receiving a DUI. The court system can be a scary thing to face when we make poor decisions. Ryan vast knowledge of the legal system set my mind at ease during the first consultation with him. I never felt as if I was just another case number to him but always showed he cared about me as a person in need of help. With Ryan's on my side my charge was reduced, fines no where near what I thought they would be and I was driving again right away. I just thank God that Ryan was recommended to me and was able to help me put my life back together!
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Posted by Excellent Legal Results Provided | August 19, 2014
Superb Legal Knowledge
While researching my need for a quick-witted, no-nonsense lawyer to handle my case regarding being a victim of embezzlement and other predatory violations, Attorney Ryan Shafer was recommended to me. Attorney Shafer and his staff promptly initiated and returned all correspondence, were very, very attentive, and just plain comforting in such a time of chaos. It did not feel good to be a victim but Attorney Shafer fought for me and delivered a desired outcome. I am very satisfied with the attention to detail, advice, and advocacy that was delivered in my case. Attorney Shafer and his staff have exceeded my expectations.
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Posted by Grateful Client | March 28, 2014
Dedicated Advocate
After researching several local family lawfirms regarding an unfortunate and heart-wrenching family matter, I've found The Joslyn Law Firm to be the most endearing, most professional, and the best legal minds I've come across. Not only was the legal advice received superior, the attention to detail and compassion was priceless. I literally called their office in tears and they were able to comprehend my pain, then enact the most appropriate legal measures on my behalf. Attorney Ryan Shafer of The Joslyn Firm handled my case. He is not just a lawyer, he was a fierce and dedicated advocate on my behalf. He answered all of my questions, listened sympathetically, and was solution oriented. I am now the proud recipient of a positive outcome due to his hard work. In addition, the supporting staff is stellar. They returned calls and correspondence in a friendly and timely manner. Upon entering the office, they smiled, were warm, offered water, and made a nervous client, such as myself, feel at ease. I would highly recommend The Joslyn Law Firm and Attorney Ryan Shafer for your legal needs.
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Posted by James | December 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
RYAN THE REJECT!!!!
I left a review earlier but as my cases came to a close I find out that Ryan is incompetent, and grossly misrepresents himself I hired him for multiple cases going on consecutively...... after everything concluded I go and try to get my license reinstated they of course tell me what I had been telling him that the ALS suspension was still in effect from a charge that was dismissed! Ryan was suppose to be representing me at Joslyn Law Firm but when it came time he sent some unprepared replacement who was late. Ryan never said he wasn't coming..... and unfortunately that for me was the beginning of the end!! I too would give him negative stars if i could as he has since failed to return phone calls. Who does that??? and why not he's been paid. Ryan/Josyln Law Firm are unprofessional and have lost there moral compass for better words...... Just do research before hiring attorney especially when your future is dependent on it. I now have to deal with the repercussions of his incompetence. Ryan and the Josyln Firm were lazy above all.. The crime here is that he's allowed to still practice law!! What a system we have........... Again do your research!!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2016
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Liar not a lawyer
If I could give him zero stars, I world have given him that. Grossly misrepresented my case, costing my professional career, job, house and almost my marriage as a result of misrepresented case in Court. He has no moral courage to right the wrong when he was given the chance in the court, he lied under the aoth and judge sided with him as a professional courtesy. Please do yourself a favor and don't go to this guy.. What a prick.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Joslyn Law Firm
  • 2013 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Franklin County Public Defender's Office
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Dominic Frank Law Offices
  • 2007 - 2008

Education

  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Bachelors
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Drug Trafficking Charges
  • Defendant plead to a less serious charge of criminal tools after the suppression motion
  • OVI/DUI, Vehicular Homicide
  • Case went to Jury trial and was found not guilty of all charges

Associations

  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
  • Founding Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Central Ohio Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 DUI Lawyers
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (11)
Endorse Ryan
Unknown Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would personally recommend Ryan Shafer to any of my friends and family. His exceptional experience and knowledge makes him a highly qualified choice. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is a dedicated criminal defense/OVI attorney and exceeds all expectations. He provides high quality legal representation and cares deeply for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would personally recommend Mr. Shafer to family, friends, clients and members of the community in need of a criminal defense attorney. Ryan's dedication to his clients and his passion for his work are unparalleled. He appreciates and understands the unique nature of each matter and client he comes across. Having worked closely on several matters with Brian, I have witnessed first hand his outstanding work and results-driven approach to criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Ryan in the courtroom for several years and he is always able to avidly advocate for his clients while remaining professional and personable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as professional and diligent criminal defense lawyer. I refer this attorney many DUI cases that come across my desk and will continue to do so."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ryan and I have worked together on several cases. His dedication to achieving the best results for his clients in unparalleled. I strongly endorse Mr. Shafer"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ryan knows what he is doing. He is personable and knowledgeable. You can be confident that Ryan will protect your rights and achieve a favorable result. In Franklin County Municipal Court, Ryan Shafer is the best lawyer you never heard of -- that is because he is quietly effective."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I can personal say that I believe Ryan is one of the most knowledgeable DUI/OVI attorneys in the Columbus area. He is deeply committed to his clients and well respected among the lawyer community. I would refer Ryan to one of my own family members if they were facing a DUI/OVI or other criminally related matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Shafer is a very talented lawyer. He knows all about the law and how to fight for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is a fellow lawyer in the community. I find him to be well versed in criminal and DUI / OVI law. I endorse this lawyer."
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Columbus DUI and DWI Lawyer Ryan Michael Shafer
Ryan Michael Shafer
DUI and DWI Attorney
Columbus, OH
Licensed for 16 years
Free Consultation