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David Charles Shook

DUI and DWI Attorney at Toledo, OH

3.7   17 reviews
  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 18 years
    Ohio - OH 33 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2005
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found

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

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    My OVI practice includes all of Northwest Ohio, including all courts in Lucas, Wood, Fulton, Henry, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Hancock, Williams, Defiance, and Huron Counties.

    28 years

  2. Criminal defense
    My criminal practice includes all of Northwest Ohio, including all courts in Lucas, Wood, Fulton, Henry, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Hancock, Williams, Defiance, and Huron Counties.

    28 years

  3. Family
    My family law practice is limited to custody cases in Juvenile Courts, post-divorce custody cases, and dissolutions.

    19 years

I provide legal services to people throughout Northwest Ohio, with a focus on criminal, domestic relations, juvenile, traffic, and personal injury cases.  I am licensed in Ohio and the U.S. District Court, Northern Division, Western District in Toledo, Ohio. 


In my free time I enjoy boating on the Great Lakes, cooking, and playing basketball.


I have three daughters: Jacqueline, Jillian, and Jocelyn.


I am a member of Gesu Catholic Church. 

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David Charles Shook
3450 W Central Ave Ste 326
Toledo, OH, 43606


3.7 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Posted by Albert | February 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer ever
David is a amazing lawyer and he truly cares about his clients. He helps us get our daughter out of a harmful environment. We are beyond grateful to him.
Response from David Shook February 16, 2018
It is truly humbling to receive such a review. Being able to help a client in such a situation makes me appreciate what I do. But in the end it takes a parent to step forward. Albert did that and I’m glad I was able to play a part.
Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended attorney
I hired Mr. Shook for a divorce. Although my wife and I reconciled, Mr. Shook represented me very well. He was genuinely concerned about my situation and made himself available to me the best he could. His billing was fair and accurate.
Response from David Shook April 11, 2017
It is always nice to hear positive words from clients. It is satisfying to solve a client's legal problem. I know that divorce can be a long, onerous process that can be emotional and expensive. I strive to navigate my clients through this process as quickly and economically as possible.
Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney Services
I was extremely impressed with the legal assistance and guidance provided by Mr. Shook. I could not have asked for better legal representation. He was professional and treated me with respect regarding all proceedings. He was knowledgeable as well as trustworthy; I would highly recommend his services to anyone.
Posted by Ed Garrett jr. | June 13, 2015
This is a lawyer who is affordable and will not let you down!
A year or so ago i was looking to get legal advice on a divorce and every lawyer i called was rude and wanted a fortune just to talk. Then i finally came across David shook online and told him my situation. From the start he was understanding, very knowledgeable and professional. I'm so thankful that i continued looking for a lawyer because he met my expectations and then some. Very friendly and reachable guy at all times which is harder for some lawyers you pay your whole bank account to. I would and have already recommend David shook to whoever is in need of a lawyer that knows his stuff and gets the job done at a reasonable price. I will continue to use his service's when ever i need legal advice. This is the go to lawyer for people who don't want treated like money is the only reason they are doing this . The man really wants to resolve your legal matter so you can get back to your life. He actually cares for people. Again best lawyer hands down on knowledge, reachability, price, and resolve.
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Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2014
Exceptional Lawyer
As a father, I can tell you that David Shook has done an exceptional job of representing me in gaining custody of my children. From my very first encounter with David, he gained my trust as an experienced lawyer. If you want an attorney that will go above and beyond and will do what it takes for his clients, choose Mr Shook. I also found his pricing to be fair.
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Response from David Shook December 11, 2014
As a father it is truly gratifying to help another father regain custody of the children, especially when that father's children were wrongfully removed from their custody. I know the importance of children and strive to provide all of my clients the representation they deserve during such a trying time.
Posted by Joy | October 11, 2014
Lifesaver for traffic issue, license supsension
My daugher had a traffic issue in Bowling Green that resulted in her license being suspension. When we became aware of this issue, we had no idea where to start. We called David and he brought immediate calm to our situation. He gave us advice over the phone in that first phone call, and made himself available for a court appearance the very next day. Due to his expertise, the issue was completely resolved, charges were dismissed and her license was reinstated at no cost. We were lucky that our issue was just a paperwork mixup, but there is no way we could have navigated the system that quickly and ended up with that result on our own. He made both me and my 20 year old daughter feel immediately at ease. My daughter was in very good hands with David. I would recommend him without hesitation.
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Response from David Shook December 11, 2014
It was truly a pleasure to help this young lady with her traffic matter in Bowling Green Municipal Court. When people retain me they are often scared and concerned. It is a pleasure to help them solve their problem and make them feel at ease. I strive to do this for every client I have the pleasure of representing.
Posted by Miguel | September 22, 2014
David Shook Law Firm
I called Mr Shook on a Thursday morning in order to have a motion entered (to reverse a temporary custody Order) prior to 3:00 pm on Friday (if not done by this time, then the case would have taken much longer and many more visits to the court house). He was able to get the job done by 10:30 am on Friday. He and I had phone contact at least 5 times in those 24 hours to keep me informed of his progress. He traveled over 50 miles from his home base to process my case with a one day notice. He stayed through to the delivery of children to my daughter and I. I would hire Mr. Shook again if I needed any legal help in OH again.
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Response from David Shook December 11, 2014
It was truly a pleasure representing Miguel's daughter in Seneca County Juvenile Court. When a client has been wronged it is truly a pleasure to be able to right that wrong and to do so in a quick fashion. It is especially gratifying to reunite a mother with her children.
Posted by Dallas | September 22, 2012
Great Attorney
Mr. Shook is an amazing attorney. He went above and beyond to help me get custody of my child. He was always available to assist me and was very knowledgable about child custody matters. He truly cares about his clients and works hard to get you the results you want. He always maintains a positive attitude and puts his clients first. I would highly reccomend Mr. Shook.
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Response from David Shook January 23, 2014
I'm glad Dallas was pleased with my services. It is truly a pleasure to help a client obtain a result that makes them write such a review. I strive to get these kind of results for all my clients. In the end I would like to think I help all my clients. Often, it is the client who is the biggest help to a case, and Dallas was just such a client.
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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2012
Mr. Shook is one of a kind....
To be very specific when people use the phrase grabbed the bull by the horns that is what Mr. Shook did for me and my case if you are looking for a top notch lawyer without all the bullshit that comes along with getting one Mr. Shook is definitely the way to go I can assure you that you won't be dissappointed. He worked around the clock for me and my family I was able to get full custody of my 3 year old daughter
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Posted by Robert T. Vestal | July 13, 2012
Highly recomended!!
I have tried three prior lawyers all of which seemed like good lawyers came in with the bark but had no bite. David Shook did all and then some for what he said I was going to recieve. David was on time with call backs, had a great understanding of the majistrates decision making which in return helped him position our next move. Always on time, took the time to explain everything we did not underatand, was able to come up with questions on the spot in addition to the prepared questions. Great posture, very confident, relatable, good rates and a person worthy of this great review. Thank you David for all you have and continue to do for our family our path is forever changed due to your zealeous representation. Being a man in wood county and winning custody. if that doesn't speek for its self nothing will.
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Posted by Peggy | March 16, 2010
David Charles Shook
Mr. Shook was extremely competant and professional at his job. I was very comfortable speaking with him and sharing the information of my situation. He was also extremely fair when it came to expenses and let me know whether it was "worth my while " to spend money inappropriately if he truly b eleived something would not benefit me in my favor. Hopefully, I will not have any more extreme legal matters in my career as a teacher but, if it were necessary, I would continue to employ David as my attorney. He is fair, honest and hard working.
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Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pretty good
He is a good attorney. He tends to not be much on the aggressive side. I would still recommend him. I have paid him good money, and offering to pay more for a divorce. He tends to buy into the opposition's games.
Posted by Christine | April 3, 2012
NOT impressed
Unfortunately Mr. Shook does not stick to his quoted pricing, nor does he respond in a timely manner and he is certainly not very well organized. He got all tasks completed but the communication was poor & I feel we were overcharged. I cannot recommend him and will not be using his services in the future.
Posted by Darlene Ernsberger | November 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I loved this attorney once!
Mr. Shook WAS kind, caring and patient. I would have recommended him to anyone needing help. Now I've been asking him for over 2 mos to help me follow up with my previous case, (I believe it is simple) and for 6 mos to help to help to finish [my Final Wishes paperwork, DNR orders and my WILL which we began together, when I need help, and he just disappeared !i CANNOT GET A RETURN call or even a text when I really need his assistance with a previous case, and he has my MOST IIMPORTANT paper work! I will respond to this positively WHENEVER HE DOES!! I do not know Why I am being ignored my bill was paid at the time in full. And as good and helpful as he once was, Now I am feeling neglected and unimportant on 2 issues. I even delivered personally a hand written hand delivered letter to his office in Toledo begging him to PLEASE contact me because of the urgency and still no reply. WHY????
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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hiring Dave was easily part of the Top-2 Worst Decisions I've ever made, the other being why I needed to hire him to start with.
I could go through the litany of reasons why Dave was such a bad decision, but I will save myself the typing and you the eye strain. Keeping it to short: - Unresponsive (days, weeks, months). I ended up filing a motion to extend my case personally a day before the hearing, which was rejected by the Magistrate, only to have Dave finally contact me the morning of the hearing. - Unreliable, see above and below: - I had to edit my own judgement document, and what ended up being submitted was materially different than what was agreed upon. This was egregious enough that I thought long and hard about possible punitive actions. - Missed our filing dates. The meat'n'potatoes: the case settled neutral. No worse than I was before, and no better. I'd like to say it was money well spent, however as the arguments were constructed by me, the headache of dealing with someone so unprofessional was immense, and the anxiety caused by the lack of communication all make this a net-negative in my books. In closing, if you plan on hiring Dave think long and hard... Check his other reviews. When you have a polar swing between folks that engaged him you should tread lightly, if you are risky enough to tread at all.
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Response from David Shook September 16, 2015
I take all reviews, positive or negative, seriously. I endeavor to keep all clients informed of the status of their case, the issues involved, and potential resolutions. It is unfortunate a client would be dissatisfied with the outcome of a matter. I understand clients can be frustrated with family law matters. Emotions run high and it is often more than about money. After careful review of all my cases I'm hard-pressed to identify this client but take all comments, positive or negative, seriously.
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Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2012
Awful. Just awful.
He treated me very unprofessionally in my case. Never returned my calls, was nearly impossible to get a hold of. He knew what he was doing, but it took him nearly 3 times longer than it should have to resolve my case. Was constantly "losing" and "misplacing" required forms to fill out. Very lazy, very disorganized. I would never work with David Shook again, and would never recommend him to anyone for any type of legal counsel. Stay far away.
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Posted by Corey | May 21, 2012
child custody case
Once I sent Attorney Shook the check for my child custody case I never heard from him again.
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of David C. Shook
  • 2005 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bunda Stutz & DeWitt
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Associate Attorney
  • Manahan Pietrykowski Bamman & DeLaney
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bunda Stutz & DeWitt
  • 1997 - 2003
  • Associate Attorney
  • Kitch Drutchas Wagner & Kenney
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Associate Attorney
  • Schuller & Associates
  • 1990 - 1994
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  • University of Toledo College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1990
  • University of Toledo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987


  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Judicial Candidates Committee
  • 2005 - Present
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Co-chair
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Toledo Bar Association, Lawyer Referral & Information Service
  • Chairman
  • 2007 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Avoiding A Second OVI
  • 2014
  • Drivers Intervention Program
  • When Good People Do A Bad Thing; Avoiding A Second OVI
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse David
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Shook is a highly respected attorney in his community and I recommend him to meet your legal needs."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is ethical and knowledgeable. I know that when he is on the other side of a matter, he will be pleasant and efficient; he will not create conflict where none exists. He is responsive and protects his clients. He is a good advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dave is a hard working, dedicated lawyer with the highest integrity. He is a skilled litigator, in both civil and criminal matters. He also is a caring family man who recognizes balance in his personal life."
Divorce and separation
Workers compensation