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.
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2001||08/23/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Selected to Super Lawyers List||Super Lawyers||2016|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Selected to Super Lawyers List||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Selected to Super Lawyers List||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Selected to Super Lawyers List||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Selected to Super Lawyers List||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Selected to Super Lawyers List||Super Lawyers||2011|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2002|
|President/Owner||Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A.||1997 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Columbus Bar Association||Member||1995 - Present|
|Ohio State Bar Association||Member, Criminal Section||1995 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1995 - Present|
|Ohio Courtroom Evidence, Third Edition||Ohio Courtroom Evidence, Third Edition, Lexis Law Publishing, co-authored with John Palmer||1998|
|Capital University Law Review||Order of the Curia, 1994-1995||1995|
|Capital University Law Review||Co-Author State v. Vega and Ohio's Operating Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated (OMVI) Law; per se Unconstitutional?, No. 3, Vol. 24||1995|
|Capital University Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|College of Wooster||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|Ohio State Bar Association||Criminal Advocacy||2015|