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J. Anthony Rich

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Attorney J. Anthony Rich has appeared on Court TV as a guest legal analyst and featured Defense Lawyer three times since leaving his role as an Assistant State Prosecuting Attorney.  Rich served the State of Ohio in Lorain County and Marion Counties and was additionally appointed to serve as a Special Prosecutor in Stark and Wayne Counties during his tenure with the Government.  Anthony has appeared on the "Best Defense" with Jami Floyd and Ron Kuby, and has also  appeared as a guest on "Open Court" with Ashleigh Banfield. 


Anthony is routinely hired in some of Northeast Ohio's most serious cases and has been Lead Trial Counsel in over 10 Murder cases in the last 5 years.  Anthony has also represented multiple police officers and court personnell charged with crime. He has further co-counselled 3 Capital Cases as a licensed Rule 20 practitioner with the Ohio State Supreme Court.  


To date, Anthony HAS NOT LOST A JURY TRIAL as a Criminal Defense Lawyer.  


Anthony was elected PRESIDENT of the OHIO ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS in October 2013.  He has previously served as an Executive Board Member at the OACDL for three years.


Anthony is the Co-chair of the Lorain County Bar Association's Criminal Law Section and serves on the Lorain County Bar Association's Ethics and Grievance Committee. Anthony also routinely serves as Acting Judge in his hometown at the Lorain Municipal Court. 


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    19 years, 10 thousand cases
  2. Business: 3%
    4 years, 50 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 3%
    4 years, 200 cases
  4. Wrongful Death: 3%
    11 years, 4 cases
  5. Entertainment: 1%



Hourly ($150-225/hour)

Payment types:

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Contact info

The J. Anthony Rich Law Company, LLC.

300 Broadway
Suite 101 B
Lorain, OH, 44052


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Appreciation Award-Trial PreparationLorain County Association of Fire Investigators2008
Instructor of the YearOhio Peace Officer Training Academy2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentOACDL2013 - Present
Board MemberOACDL2010 - Present
Trial LawyerJ. Anthony Rich Attorney at Law2007 - Present
Acting JudgeState Of Ohio2008 - 2013
Legal InstructorOhio Peace Officer Training Academy2002 - 2008
Trial ProsecutorLorain/Marion County Prosecutor's Office1999 - 2007
Adjunct Professor of Trial AdvocacyUniversity of Akron Law School1998 - 2009
AttorneyRiley Resar & Associates, LLC1997 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lawyer for Ohioans For Concealed Carry (OFCC)Lawyer2009 - Present
Scottish Rite Valley of Ohio32nd Degree Mason2009 - Present
Lorain Elks Lodge 1301Esteemed Loyal Knight2008 - Present
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2007 - Present
Master Mason – Black River Masonic Lodge #786N/A2007 - Present
Lorain County Arson Task ForceAssigned Trial Prosecutor2001 - 2003
Lorain County Domestic Violence Task ForceAssigned Trial Prosecutor1998 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Gilbert (Murder Charges Dropped)Defendant receives 3 years after facing life sentence.
State v. Morris (Sexual Battery & Gross Sexual Imposition-Not Guilty All Counts)Jury Trial-Not Guilty All Counts
State v. Lorenzana (Murder and all other charges dismissed!)Murder charges dismissed!
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Akron School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Miami University of OhioCriminologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Superstar SeriesSpecial Operations Division2013
Northern Ohio Fire & Arson SeminarTrial Prep and Current Issues for Cross-examination2011