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Christopher Scott Maher

Criminal defense Attorney at Cleveland, OH

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Chris Maher

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  • Licensed for 32 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found

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Christopher Scott Maher, Attorney at Law, LLC
The Bradley Building
1220 West 6th Street, Suite 303
Cleveland, OH, 44113


5.0 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by William | March 10, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Sealing a case
We were referred to Attorney Maher from the public defender's office. He was professional, possessed outstanding character, researched exhaustively, and took every step and consideration to meet our needs. He was non judgemental, direct, and explained in great detail the processes involved. Our confidence and comfort are at the highest level and without any hesitation would recommend Attorney Maher to our friends and family. BTW, the outcome was excellent!!!
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Posted by DONALD | July 17, 2021
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Without a doubt, I could not have attained a more qualified attorney
I consulted with Chris just a couple days after the police served me with a search warrant, and confiscated some of my personal devices in which there could be charges regarding child pornography and me facing significant jail time. I had never been in any type of trouble, I was a complete mess. Chris was extremely knowledgeable of the legalities with this type of offense and clearly explained what my options could be, as I was not charged yet. I was impressed with what he had to say, and the mannerism that he explained the law to me. I hired him that day, the best move I ever made for sure! He just did sit and wait till there were charges filed, he immediately contacted the officer in charge of the investigation to establish a dialog with him regarding the case. He did the same with the prosecutors office as well, so he could stay up to date with their progress. He guided me through the things I needed to do and what material I needed to provide to him during this wait time. Seven months later I was finally charged, and my hearing hearings began 5 months later. Because of all the proactive measures Chris took, enabled him to work my original 18 felony counts down to 3, and to negotiated an awesome plea deal that I was and am extremely grateful for. Chris possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area of the law. Not only did he posses the skill on how to approach and represent me with the case, but he was very compassionate to me and my wife, really showing he cared personally throughout this ordeal. I highly recommend Chris's services to anyone who feels they need superior services. I cannot say enough for what he did for me.
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Posted by Bill | July 14, 2021
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bills review
took the case and worked very hard and got a not guilty plea by reason of insanity..
Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2021
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Grateful Dad
My son was facing an F1 in a town we're not familiar with. We hired Attorney Maher to defend him. I could tell right away that he isn't a typical defense attorney- he kept us updated and worked hard. The charges were dismissed. Attorney Maher is competent and compassionate, tenacious and thorough. Highly recommend.
Posted by Rashae | April 3, 2020
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Most Amazing Hardworking Attorney
I was facing a F1 for Arson. Mr. Maher gather all evidence and listen to what I had to say. After knowing what he knew he told me I had a tough case but he was determined to do what ever he needed to help me out. I was scared and nervous, Chris made my court process feel little more comfortable. He did not give up on me. But I could go on about this attorney but I will not. I was facing at least maximum 10 years in prison. But the outcome I got sentence to 1 year probation after Mr. Maher presented my case to the judge. Was Charge with F4. It was a win win situation for me and Chis because he didn’t lose a case and I did not have to register with the sheriff department and I could get it expunged in the long run. It will be like it never happen. Last but not least this man Cares deeply about his clients. He is honest, trustworthy, and loyal to all his clients. My case was unbelievable and he gat me hope. I would recommend him to any and everyone. He loves a challenge.
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Posted by DEBRA | November 20, 2018
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I would highly recommend Attorney Christopher S Maher to my family and friends. Mr. Maher kept me informed on everything good or bad during my brother's trial and he believed in his innocence. He was very caring to him and his family. Chris will be appreciated and always be in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Tamula | October 28, 2018
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Tamula Higging
Word can not truely explain how brilliant this man is he is a true blessing from god a man of his word we love you Chris and your always and forever appreciated
Posted by Paris | January 22, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
My Experience With Chris Maher
I Had A Great Experience With Mr. Maher As My Attorney and Also As An Friend. He Helped Me Through My Trial and I Trusted and Believed In Him One Hundred Percent and We Won. He’s An Awesome Guy and He Takes His Work Serious. I’d Recommend Him To Anyone That Needs Help.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Offices of Christopher Scott Maher, Attorney at Law, LLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Bailey Legal Group
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Attorney
  • Cuyahoga County Public Defender Office
  • 1996 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Legal Aid Society of Columbus
  • 1991 - 1995
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  • Capital University Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Ohio v. Artquail Witherspoon, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Case No. CR-23-680396
  • Not Guilty on all charges
  • State of Ohio v. William R. Brown, Jr., Erie County Common Pleas Court, Case No. 2019-CR-0455
  • Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity on charge of Murder
  • State of Ohio v. Crystal Cartwright, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Case No. CR-18-635369
  • Not Guilty of all charges, including Felonious Assault and Assault
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  • Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2017 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Government Section, Advisory Council
  • 2016 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Guardian Ad Litem Project
  • Advisory Board
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Youth Empowerment Project - Cleveland Baptist Association
  • Board Member
  • 1998 - 2002
  • Juvenile Justice Coalition
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2001
  • Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1996 - 2008
  • Homeless Project
  • Founding Member
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Domestic Relations Committee; Judge's Subcommittee
  • 1991 - 1996
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • National Trial Lawyers--Top 100
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020

Speaking Engagements

  • Litigating Fourth Amendment Claims
  • Suppressing Evidence in Search Warrant Cases
  • 2018
  • Suppression Motion Preparation and Argument
  • Nuts and Bolts of Litigating Fourth Amendment Suppression Issues
  • 2004
  • Creative Legal Practice as a Community Child Protection Strategy
  • Legal Rights of Children and Parents
  • 2002
  • Violence and Childhood Mental Illness: Risks, Intervention, and the Justice System
  • Current Legal Trends
  • 2000
  • Mandatory Bindovers in Light of State v. Hanning
  • Recent Developments in Juvenile Law
  • 2000
  • Advanced Guardian Ad Litem Training, H.B. 484
  • Practice Considerations for Defense Counsel
  • 2000
  • Constitutional Considerations in Policing
  • Race as a Factor in Traffic Stops
  • 1999
  • Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, H.B. 484
  • A Defense Perspective
  • 1999
  • Battered Child Syndrome as a Defense in Delinquency Cases
  • Battered Child Syndrome
  • 1998
  • (Monthly Presentation and Q&A to Cuyahoga County Jail Inmates)
  • Child Custody and Guardianship
  • 1998
  • Career Day (annual event in the Cleveland Public School System)
  • Real Law
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a highly skilled, effective, and tenacious litigator. I highly endorse this lawyer for his creativity in criminal defense as well as his unmatched commitment to the clients he represents. If he is your counsel, you are in very good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris Maher is a true believer; he's a phenomenal attorney with character and depth that rivals his peers. I'm honored to have worked with him and learned from him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris is one of the most passionate and inspiring criminal defense attorneys I have had the pleasure of working with. I trust his skills, advocacy, and instincts without hesitation, and would recommend him to anyone in need of aggressive defense."
Criminal defense
Cleveland Criminal defense Lawyer Christopher Scott Maher
Christopher Scott Maher
Criminal defense Attorney
Cleveland, OH
Licensed for 32 years
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