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Zachary Barnett Simonoff

Criminal defense Attorney at Elyria, OH

4.9   13 reviews

also known as Zachary B. Simonoff

  • Licensed for 25 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Zachary

Learn Zachary’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I do appointed an private criminal defense work.

    25 years, 1,100 cases

  2. General practice
    I handle other general matter such as wills, estates, credit card collections defense, evictions, Probate Guardianships and other matters

    25 years

  3. Landlord or tenant
    I represent both Landlords and Tenants in all types matters.

    25 years, 50 cases

  4. Foreclosure
    I litigate foreclosure cases for people wanting to save there homes.

    16 years

I am from  New York and grew up on Long Island.  I graduated from Plainview JFK in Plainview New York.

I worked at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration during summers while I was in undergraduate at GWU.

After Graduation from GWU I was in a post graduate program at the Elliot School For Internantional Affairs (GWU) studying Security Policy Studies.  This essentially was a combination of History, Political Science and Math as applied to International Affairs in the US-Soviet Cold War. 

In 1988 I joined the Army National Guard as an enlisted infantryman.  I was trained in Mortars and TOW missiles.  I served in various units until I was discharged in 2000.  My last unit was Troop C 2-107th Cav in Sandusky OH.  I was the Mortar section seargent at the time.

Before I could finish the degree I was hired by the Department of the Navy as a Logistics Management Specialist with Naval Sea Systems Command.  As part of my employment I worked in Washington DC, Bremerton Washington and Crane Indiana. 

I went to Law School in Clevland Ohio where I met my wife and have been here ever since.

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Zachary B. Simonoff Co., LPA
124 Middle Avenue
Unit 500
Elyria, OH, 44035

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Posted by Dan | August 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Legal Representation
Mr. Simonoff provided outstanding counsel, swiftly resolved my needs, and delivered results that exceeded the expectations I had when searching for representation. I'm sincerely grateful for the staff’s knowledge, professionalism, and for the passion they have for their clients.
Posted by Chris | July 3, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Consultation
Consulted with attorney Simonoff. Information and advice given was very helpful. The follow-up phone call after court hearing was unexpected and very much appreciated. One of the most pleasant exchanges I've had with an attorney. I highly recommend.
Posted by Michael | April 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!
Zachary Simonoff was the second lawyer I have had to assist me with legal issues. While my first attorney was also good, I felt much more comfortable and the difference between a "big city" lawyer and one that knows your local judicial system. Zachary Simonoff was much more involved and I didn't feel like I was "just another number". I am sure he could help outside of the area either directly or through his extensive contacts, but I want to make sure if someone out there needs legal assistance (criminal defense, general practice, etc.) and you are in Lorain County, go with Zachary Simonoff! I can't emphasize enough, that going with a local lawyer is the way to go because Mr. Simonoff and his associates are familiar with how the system in the area works. Especially Mr. Simonoff. The fact is that he is empathetic of your situation and will work to get you the best possible outcome. For me, he was able to get me probation, suspended fines, and work with the court to get me back to my life. I will definitely utilize his services in the future and absolutely recommend him as a top lawyer. Thank you for everything Zachary Simonoff.
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Response from Zachary Simonoff June 19, 2019
Thank you it was a pleasure helping you.
Posted by Lisa | January 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He helped us win a case against a large roofing company who had illegally out a lein on our home as well as violated various aspects of Ohio's home solicitations act. The magistrates decision was VERY much in our favor.
Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional & Compassionate Service
I hired Zach to represent me in my criminal defense case. He and his staff were patient with me throughout the long and difficult process of defending myself in court. I believe that without Zach's representation, I would have ended up with a much worse outcome than I did. Since I did not have any past experiences in court, it was good to have someone there for me who was able to respond to my many questions and who was confident and reassuring at every interaction. Zach did not promise me the world, but he also helped me feel like my life was not coming to a halt. I was glad to have someone like Zach on my side.
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Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I hired Zachary Simonoff . He is very professional and explained possible outcomes of my case. He was very knowledgable of the court system. He does as he says . I would recommend Mr. Simonoff for legal services. Thanks for his time he put forth in my matter.
Posted by Mike | September 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
A Huge Help
I was facing a first degree misdemeanor which I discovered is a very serious charge with the possibility of a $1,000 fine, six points on my driving record, and even possible jail time. Zach got it knocked down to a moving violation, a fraction of the possible fine, and 0 points on my driving record. He was definitely worth the fee and I would strongly recommend his services.
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Response from Zachary Simonoff September 27, 2016
Thank you it was a pleasure.
Posted by Michelle | January 26, 2014
This is the guy you want on YOUR side
Atty Simonoff is very knowledgeable and resourceful He thinks outside of the box, pays attention to detail and clearly has a passion for helping his clients. His fees are very reasonable and he is mindful of incurring unnecessary expenses. I was referred to him by the Lorain County Bar Association and it was the best phone call I made! My case involves foreclosure/real estate/probate law. In a time of uncertainty in my life, he has showed me I am in good hands.
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Posted by David Chopcinski | April 17, 2013
Can not go wrong Having Zach on your side
I hired Zach, in Sept of 2010, after I decided to fight a foreclosure. He was upfront with what I would need to do to keep my house, as well as other options. His explanation of the process was easy to understand. Zach, kept me informed with what was going on thru emails or telephone calls. His fees were very acceptable for his services. I provided the documents he had asked for on a monthly basis as laid out in our initial meeting, as well as the monthly payment for his services and he talked with the mortgage company and their attornys. If there was any questions from the mortgage company, Zach was in touch with me to let me know what was needed. Zach is very professsional and proficent. He will keep you informed as to what is going on with your case. I have and will recommand anyone going thru this situation which is traumatic to the home owner to go to Zach. I have been at ease with him handling my case. And because of his actions, I got to keep my house. Thank you Zach.
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Posted by Lynne | December 14, 2012
Best lawyer around
I have had to turn to Attny Simonoff for a few matters over the years. I won't go to any other lawyer. He is the only one I trust whole heartedly. I reccomend him to anyone that needs an honest upfront lawyer.
Posted by Paul Griffin | July 20, 2012
A true professional
I have referred many cases to Mr. Simonoff over the years. Everything from criminal cases and divorces to civil cases. Clients have all been highly satisfied with Zach's abilities, knowledge of the law, and commitment to their case.
Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2010
Zachary Simonoff
Mr, Simonoff was very empathetic and understanding of our dilemma. He was suggestive but not pushy. His knowledge and expertise helped us through a difficult situation. We would highly recommend him.
Posted by Mike | July 21, 2010
He helped me !!!
Mr Simonoff handles my situation well. He made you feel comfortable and confident in his services.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-300 per hour
  • Pro bono 3 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Defense Counsel
  • Lorain County Veterans Treatment Court
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Kenneth Ortner Co., LPA
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Michael J. Tony Co., LPA
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Muncipal Prosecutor
  • City of Lorain
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Logistics Management Specialist
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Indiana
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Logistic management Intern
  • Naval Sea Systems Comand
  • 1989 - 1992
  • Staff Seargent
  • Army National Guard
  • 1988 - 2000
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  • Northwestern University School of Law
  • Short Course for Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2000
  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • George Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987
  • George Washington University
  • Graduate School
  • N/A
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Nieves
  • Not Guilty
  • Nagy v. Wilson
  • Judgment for Plaintiff, award of Punitive & Attorney fees
  • State v. Tolliver
  • Dismissed
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  • Cleveland Marshal College of Law Alumni Association
  • alumni
  • 2014 - Present
  • Nation Association of Drug Court Professionals
  • member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Black River Lodge 786 F&AM
  • Treasurer
  • 2007 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Lorain County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2017
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • President
  • Criminal Law Society - CSU Law School
  • 1997

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Real Estate Section CLE
  • Landlord Tenant when the property is Foreclosed on
  • 2015
  • Annual Foreclosure Law Seminar
  • Foreclosure Law
  • 2013
  • Foreclosure Law Update
  • Foreclosure Law
  • 2012
  • What Every Attorrney Needs to Know About Foreclosure Law
  • Foreclosure Law
  • 2010
  • Quarterly Meeting Foreclosure Section
  • Foreclosure Law
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (18)
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Landlord or tenant Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Zach is a friend that I happen to find on the opposite side of a litigation matter on occasion. When I find that Zach will be my adversary, I know that his approach will be pragmatic, that he will zealously represent his client, but that he is willing to explore solutions when possible. I have referred prospective clients to Zach when appropriate and expect to continue to do so with confidence."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We represented co-defendants in a criminal matter. His client in this specific case was court appointed and he worked diligently as he would with his privately retained clients and because he did his client had her charges dismissed."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Simonoff is a formidable advocate for his clients. Not only is he knowledgeable about the law, he is passionate about his clients and their needs. If you want an attorney who will take the time to understand your needs and fight for you, Attorney Simonoff fits the bill."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zachary Simonoff is an excellent example of what a criminal lawyer should be: knowledgeable, well prepared, and a zealous advocate. His ability to dissect and challenge ever aspect of a case, is an invaluable asset to those he represents. Undoubtedly, I endorse this lawyer."
Foreclosure Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zach is a great lawyer and a credit to the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Simonoff fights for his clients. If you need a criminal defense lawyer, give Attorney Simonoff a call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer without hesitation. I have known Attoney Simonoff for years, both personally and professionally, and I believe that if a client was to retain Attorney Simonoff to handle a legal matter for them, they could rest assured that the problem would be handled in timely, professional manner by a very good lawyer."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Zach for many years. Zach does the research, investigation, and puts thought into cases that other attorneys don't do. He treats every case as an individual and gives his client's the attention they need and deserve."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Simonoff is an excellent criminal defense lawyer. He is dedicated to each and every client's case and will give you the personal attention required to understand your goals and fight for your rights! He is very compassionate and provides clients with superior legal services for reasonable prices. If you have a criminal case in Lorain County, I highly recommend you give Zack a call. You will not be disappointed."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Zach is diligent in his efforts to ensure the rights of his clients' are protected."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is a lawyer who gives each client 100%. It is very refreshing to find a lawyer who takes each client seriously and leaves no stone unturned in his representation. Zach uses the most up to date technology to deliver the best service to his clients. Seeing his success makes me realize just how long I have been in the business. I have seen him enter the profession as a new lawyer and grow into a respected member of the Lorain County Bar. If you need a lawyer, Zach is a great choice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Simonoff is a student of the law. He aggressively advocates on behalf of his clients and protects their legal rights. Having worked with and against Mr. Simonoff presented its challenges and forced me to work my side of the case that much more. He is a good advocate."
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