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Steven Scott Nolder

Federal crime Attorney at Columbus, OH

5.0   34 reviews

Licensed for 35 years

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Practice areas
  1. Federal crime
    90%
    White Collar Gun Cases Drug Cases Fraud Cases Child Pornography Cases

    35 years

  2. Criminal defense
    10%

    35 years

I've defended federal criminal cases for 35 years; for 17 of these years, I've been in private practice while the other 18 years were during my tenure with the Federal Public Defender's Office. My scholarship in federal sentencing resulted in my appointment to the United States Sentencing Commission's Practitioners Advisory Group in 2017.


I'm an inveterate insomniac who's up at 5:00 am to clear my head for the upcoming day. The only hobby I have is reading non-fiction books. I have a wonderful family that stands behind me in everything I do. Lastly, I have two goofy dogs that constantly remind me of how complicated we humans make life. On the professional side, if you become my client, you deal with me, and only me. You won't be shuffled off onto an associate for either court appearances or office meetings. I also believe in returning all phone calls and emails within 24 hours of receipt. I look forward to having the privilege of representing you!

Licensed for 35 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 1987
Updated 11/17/2022

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

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Steven S. Nolder Attorney at Law
65 East State Street, Suite 200
Columbus, OH, 43215-5762

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Posted by Brandon | October 9, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Incredible Results on major Federal Drug Charges
I originally contacted Mr. Nolder last year after being arrested as part of a very large conspiracy to traffic charge originating in the U.S. Southern District of Ohio. He was one of perhaps 8-10 attorneys I spoke with for an initial consult. I ended up selecting him based on not only research into the various attorneys I consulted with (he has one of the best records over the longest periods of time in his location and area of expertise), but also based on his personality, which I found to be no-nonsense, straightforward, and knowledgeable. Price was also a consideration, and he represented me for slightly less than 1/3 the cost of the most expensive quotes I received, which I found astonishing, given his reputation and obvious legal acumen. In my experience, it is extremely rare to find legal representation that combines top-tier effectiveness without being accompanied by an exorbitant price tag, but that is exactly what I found in Mr. Nolder. Mr. Nolder always had time for me when requested, he responds promptly to both telephone and email inquiries, frequently on the same day, and never any later than the next day after my reaching out to him. He answered any and all questions I had about my proceedings, including many I would not have thought to ask on my own, this being my first contact with the Federal law enforcement apparatus. He developed and executed an aggressive plan to negotiate with the government to bring down my offense level, and made sure I understood each and every proceeding and motion in my case. He also assisted me with Zoom calls in which he would clearly explain what was going to occur in each phase of my case, and also assisted me in role-playing when necessary before each of my contacts with authorities to make sure that I was able to properly focus on articulating the points which would be most effective in promoting my own defense, including providing advice that was specific to the judge who ultimately oversaw my case. Ultimately, I received a sentence of time served (which was only a few days, served at the time of my initial arrest), 6 months home confinement, and 3 years probation on a charge that could easily have seen me serving 3-5+ years in a Federal prison. I could not be happier with the result of my case, or the quality of representation provided by Mr. Nolder, and I wholeheartedly endorse his services to anyone in need of aggressive, competent, and effective criminal defense representation anywhere in Ohio.
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Posted by joseph | September 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A true lifesaver
I found myself in a major rough patch with drugs and alcohol which led to me being charged with a felony drug charge. Steve was recommended to me through a friend and he immediately saw me the same day to hear my story. Throughout the process he explained things in a way that myself and family could understand. He did not sugar coat anything or give false hopes, but rather explain what was happening and how was going to help. He immediately had a plan and kept me in the loop the entire time. He made sure I was aware of everything that was happening and was always willing to meet with me or talk on the phone as soon as possible. When it came to my sentencing I was nervous beyond belief, but the second he stood up in court and started talking he was precise, deliberate, and knowledgeable. He brought home every point he wanted to make and everyone actually listened. I avoided going to prison and received house arrest and probation but only because of Steve. If I had any other lawyer I would be rotting away in prison and not able to help change my life for the better. I am forever indebted to Steve and will always recommend him as the best attorney in the state.
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2022
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Strong, Effective Defense
Steve was the best choice for my attorney. His experience and diligence in my case was apparent. Steve was successful in defending me, and having my charges dismissed. I would recommend him to anyone seeking criminal defense.
Posted by Annette | February 4, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
The Best Attorney Ever
I had a federal case where I was looking at a long jail time sentence and he really helped me out so much to where I can continue to be at home and take care of my kids. Words can not explain how much he is appreciated and the best attorney I know, He put his all in helping me and made sure I understood everything. Thank you so much for literally saving my life.
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Posted by C. | September 1, 2021
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The best! Got me off federal probation 3 years early!
Mr. Nolder gets my highest possible praise. He got my federal probation terminated 3 years early. He is professional, easy to talk to, and extremely insightful. I've worked with the biggest-name lawyers in the district, and I would only recommend Steve. I regret not hiring him as my defense attorney in the first place. He is absolutely worth your time and money.
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Posted by Khaled M | January 28, 2021
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Defendent
Steven is an amazing attorney, he makes the impossible possible! My cousin was convicted in a federal crime that we went to 3 different lawyers for, non of them could take the case! Every lawyer that I took my cousin to said that there would be a punishment of 15 years in jail. Finally we were able to meet with the most successful and defensive Attorny in the United States Mr. Steven Nolder! Mr Steven fought hard for my cousin’s case and was able to drop his sentence from 15 years in jail to 18 months probation! Mr Steven always works for his clients interests he always listen and respond to our concerns! I would highly recommend MR Steven to everyone in the United States! Thanks so much for what you have done to us and god bless you !
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Posted by Peter | December 10, 2020
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Strong, solid counsel
Steve helped me through one of the most stressful times in my life. By giving me excellent counsel, both legal and personal, he helped me achieve the absolute best possible outcome. He's a great lawyer and a great guy.
Posted by Gabriel | November 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
The Great Houdini
I was expecting to get maybe 2 out of 6 of my charges dismissed and today we went to court and the great Houdini got all charges dismissed. Thanks Steve couldn’t ask for better results. And to All that is in need of an attorney, look no further.
Posted by John | June 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Just one word "superb"
From day one he held my hand through the entire case. Gave me realistic outcomes and expectations. Fought very hard for me and ultimately got me my freedom. He is extremely knowledgeable, fierce, caring and goes well above and beyond what i paid for. I will always highly recommend him. Hands down the best lawyer i have ever worked with.
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Posted by Matthew | February 12, 2020
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Worth every dime and more
Steve represented me for a OVI case while I was visiting the state. Not only were the results of my case 10X better than they could have been thanks to his representation, he went to court on my behalf when I couldn't be in town. Steve also negotiated an alternative program for me to attend and handled all of the details of getting me there. I would without hesitation or reservation recommend Steve to any one of my friends or family in the Columbus area.
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Posted by G Rao | January 29, 2020
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Great Great Attorney
I hired Mr. Steve Nolder to help out with a pretty scary issue where me and my family being sued by the Govt on business related tax matter. I was worried & had sleepless nights for 2 Yrs.  As good experienced attorney guided me from the beginning of the case till the end & results was outstanding which I never expected. Fees was very very reasonable to the type of my case.  Lot of attorney's put me in fear & sounded scary. Now I'm able to focus back on my job and spend time with my family. Steve is very prompt in returning your calls timely, emails & explain the case status. Most of the time early early morning I see him working and replying to the emails. This keeps the clients happy & up to date. I will recommend Mr. Steve to all our community & business members.
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Posted by Maria | January 8, 2020
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He will fight hard for you!
He will fight hard for you! He is hard working and very knowledgeable about how to help you succeed at winning a criminal case especially when you are innocent. He not only fought and won for me at the trial court level but we won at the appellate court level AND at the Ohio Supreme court level! And years later he was successful at getting this expunged off my record so it wouldn't affect me in the future. I thank God for him every day!
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Posted by Todd | April 5, 2019
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BEST OF THE BEST
Steve Nolder is the Hardest Working,Most Well Connected,Highly Respected,Federal Lawyer in The Southern District Of Ohio.He Gives You Your Absolute Best Chance At A Favorable Outcome.He Went Above And Beyond What I Ever Thought Was Possible.He Is Very Honest And Always Reachable, Returns Every Call Immediately.When Facing The Federal Government Theres Is Nobody Who Knows More Than Steve About Federal Law.Just Having Steve As My Lawyer Helped Me Sleep at Night.
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Posted by Mark | April 4, 2019
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Excellent and caring attorney
Steve is an excellent attorney and was very responsive in addressing our son’s case. He was able to negotiate the best possible outcome for our son’s parole violation. I am very grateful that Steve was recommended to us and I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a strong criminal defense attorney.
Posted by Joe | May 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Representation and Service
My son is an Ohio State University student who got into some drug trouble. We were not confident in the legal advice he was getting from Student Legal Services at The Ohio State University so we began to search for a Columbus attorney with experience in these matters. Mr. Nolder was actually referred to us by another lawyer who knew that Steve would be the best attorney for our situation. Not only was Steve experienced and knowledgeable, but his personal service was truly exceptional. Amazingly, Steve was able to get the drug charge reduced down to simple Disorderly Conduct. We could not have been more pleased. We would highly recommend Attorney Steven Nolder to assist you with any of your legal issues.
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2018
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Incredible Laywer.
I got myself in some trouble and was facing a felony drug charge. Searching on the internet I came across Steven Nolder from the Scott and Nolder Law firm. It was the best decision I could have made. He got back to me the very next day after explaining my situation the night before on his law firm’s website. He made sure I was able to meet with him at my earliest convenience. Not only did he make the experience as easy as he could, his vast knowledge of the justice system helped me avoid a felony on my record. I am forever indebted by his services. I would recommend him to anyone that is in need of legal help, without hesitation. Thanks again.
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2018
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Extremely Experienced, Knowledgable, and Focused
Hiring Mr. Nolder to defend me in a criminal case was best decision I could have ever made. His professionalism and extensive knowledge in dealing with federal agencies made me feel calm, and normal during a time of turmoil. I would highly recommend Mr Nolder to anyone looking for a criminal defense attorney.
Posted by Robin | February 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
Steve Nolder was absolutely the best choice for our defense needs. He was patient, knowledgeable, accessable and I always felt he truly had our best interests in mind. He was forthright and honest about the expectations for the case resolution and that was very much appreciated. I would absolutely recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2017
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Excellent, timely attorney
Mr. Nolder was friendly, informative and very timely with everything. Easy to get ahold of and always answered any questions I had. Great attorney!
Posted by David | June 13, 2017
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Amazing
A difficult case, before a tough (but fair) judge. He handled every aspect of the case, getting me the help I needed outside of the court as well as taking care of all the paperwork necessary for the court. He even walked me to several of the appointments personally. That kind of service can't be bought, you only get that from caring, dedicated professionals like Mr. Nolder.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Steven S. Nolder, Attorney at Law
  • 2021 - Present
  • Partner
  • Scott and Nolder Law Firm
  • 2013 - 2021
  • Federal Public Defender
  • Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Acting Federal Public Defender
  • Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio
  • 2004 - 2006
  • First Assistant Federal Public Defender
  • Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Assistant Federal Public Defender
  • Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio
  • 1995 - 2002
  • Owner
  • Steven S. Nolder, Attorney at Law
  • 1987 - 1995
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Education

  • Capital University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor, Order of Curia
  • 1987
  • Ohio State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Legal Cases

  • United States v. Ward, 967 F.3d 550 (6th Cir. 2020)
  • Defense Victory
  • United States v. Ledbetter, 929 F.3d 338 (6th Cir. 2019)
  • Partial Defense Victory
  • US v. Barker, 2014 WL 661603 (SD of OH 2014)
  • Show Cause Order Dissolved
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Associations

  • United States District Court for the District of North Dakota
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • United States Sentencing Commission
  • Practioner's Advisory Group
  • 2017 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Ohio Bar
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association, Professional Ethics Committee
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Scott and Nolder Law Firm
  • Partner
  • 2013 - 2021
  • Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal Public Defender
  • 2006 - 2013
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Rules Committee
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Acting Federal Public Defender
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio
  • First Assistant Federal Public Defender
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Assistant Federal Public Defender
  • 1995 - 2002
  • Solo Practioner
  • Attorney Member
  • 1987 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 20 DUI Attorneys in Columbus, OH
  • Expertise
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
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Publications

  • Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal Defender Newsletter
  • 2005
  • Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal Defender Newsletter
  • 2004
  • Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal Defender Newsletter
  • 2003
  • Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal Defender Newsletter
  • 2002
  • Federal Public Defender for the Southen District of Ohio
  • Federal Defender Newsletter
  • 2001
  • Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal Defender Newsletter
  • 2000
  • Federal Public Defender for the Southen District of Ohio
  • Federal Defender Newsletter
  • 1999
  • Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal Defender Newsletter
  • 1998
  • Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal Defender Newsletter
  • 1997
  • Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal Defender Newsletter
  • 1996
  • Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal Defender Newsletter
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar for New Admittees to the Bar of the Southern District of Ohio Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • 2021
  • Seminar for New Admittees to the Bar of the Southern District of Ohio Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • 2020
  • United States Attorney's Office Retreat
  • Prosecutorial Misconduct
  • 2019
  • Seminar for New Admittees to the Bar of the Southern District of Ohio Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • 2019
  • United States Attorney's Office Retreat
  • Panel Discussion on Federal Criminal Defense
  • 2018
  • Seminar for New Admittees to the Bar of the Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • 2018
  • Workshop for Judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Developments in the Fourth Amendment
  • 2017
  • Seminar for New Admittees to the Bar of the Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • 2017
  • Seminar for New Admittees to the Bar of the Southen District of Ohio
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • 2016
  • Seminar for all new Admittees to the bar for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio CLE
  • Federal Criminal Procedure
  • 2015
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • 2015
  • Death Penalty Defense CLE
  • Prosecutorial Misconduct
  • 2015
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federal Criminal Procedure
  • 2014
  • Death Penalty Defense CLE
  • Prosecutorial Misconduct
  • 2014
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Death Penalty Defense - Trials and Appeals
  • 2013
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • 2013
  • Sixth Judicial District Bar Association
  • Legislative Update
  • 2012
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • 2012
  • Fourth Amendment Wins
  • Fourth Amendment Wins
  • 2011
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • 2011
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • 2011
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Death Penalty
  • 2010
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • 2010
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • 2009
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • 2009
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Death Penalty Defense - Trials and Appeals
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Federal crime Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Nolder has the most knowledge and experience of any attorney in the area when it comes to federal criminal defense. I highly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highly experienced and a man of integrity."
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