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Jerome Anthony Milano

Criminal defense Attorney at Cleveland, OH

4.3   6 reviews

also known as Jay Milano

  • Licensed for 42 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1981
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Jerome

Learn Jerome’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I provide criminal defense in state and federal courts, in Ohio and other states. Complex cases and cases involving law and science make up the greatest part of my practice

    43 years

  2. Medical malpractice
    Where law and science meet is our primary focus. We are evaluating several malpractice cases at any time and take those where we believe we can reasonably assure success

    43 years

  3. Personal injury
    Serious injuries occur in automobiles. These cases require all of the resources and expertise that we are able to bring.

    43 years

  4. White collar crime
    Complex White Collar cases are a large part of what I do. I regularly represent business owners and professionals, Physicians and engineers, teachers and lawyers under investigation.

    43 years

  5. DUI and DWI
    Drunk driving cases, when done correctly, are complex. Clients should not believe that any lawyer can handle them.

  6. Domestic violence
    Domestic Violence accusations affect your marriage and your family. A strong lawyer is a must.

Jay Milano  first spoke in court during a murder trial and has practiced at that level of intensity for 25 years. Initially concentrating on criminal defense, his clients have included Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus, Hell’s Angels, sports figures, doctors, judges, and lawyers, as well as an uncountable number of people who just needed help. He has tried not guilty verdict cases involving the death penalty, multiple murders, the death of an infant (wrongly believed to have been assaulted), and the death of a toddler (wrongly believed to be the victim of Shaken Baby). He is nationally known as a defender of those falsely accused of sexual assault on children, having successfully defended the comedian Roseanne’s father when she accused him of abuse. He led the team that freed Jenny Wilcox, who had been incarcerated for 11 years for sex crimes she did not commit. He regularly represents professionals accused of crimes, executives, doctors, and lawyers. Mr. Milano led the exposure of corruption within the Catholic Church and the profound harm it caused the victims of abuse.

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Milano Attorneys and Counselors at Law
2639 Wooster Rd
Cleveland, OH, 44116

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  6 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer
Couldn't be happier with Jay's representation of my uncle in his criminal matter. Thank you
Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Couldn't be happier with Jay's representation of me in my criminal matter.
Posted by Chris | March 6, 2015
One of the best decisions I ever made
Let me start by saying that this is a real review. I never write reviews but I'm compelled to help anyone who may be suffering as I did. I found Jay after doing a lot of research and calling many lawyers. The lesser, civil parts of my case are still ongoing so the effects of what I've been through are still very present. I was the victim of a false allegation (a terrible false allegation). My civil lawyer tried several times to get the charges dismissed but said there was nothing he could do. After much more research I found that my charges were nothing to take lightly and they often result in wrongful prosecution. I was scared to say the least. I've never experienced so much stress in my life. Jay did everything that my other lawyer was unwilling and unable to do. Needless to say, I'm writing this because he was able to get the charges dropped and quickly. He was willing to do unconventional things. He treated me like a human and never lied to me (he expects the same from his clients by the way). I'll be forever thankful to Jay for helping me through the hardest thing I've ever experienced. I figure the least I could do is write this review. Some may be wondering about cost. Jay was not the cheapest and he wasn't the most expensive. We had a flat fee arrangement and he charged nothing extra. It was worth every penny for his experience and hard work. I recommend that anyone who needs real help to research Jay's experience, credentials and case history. In closing, I just want to add one thing. Jay was the first lawyer I've ever dealt with that made me feel like he truly cared about my situation. Granted, he may be a terrific actor but if so, he had me fooled. Most lawyers say they care but once they have your retainer they rarely return your calls. Although I haven't spoke with him since the charges were dropped, I consider him a friend. I wish him much luck and prosperity in his life. The legal/justice system could use more like him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2015
Lives Up To His Reputation
I hired Jay Milano because he came highly recommended by some friends. He exceeded my expectations in his knowledge of the law and his ability to help me in my situation. He was always accessible for questions and the cost for his services was very predictable throughout the process. I feel that I received the best possible outcome through his services and would definitely use him again.
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Posted by Daniel | September 28, 2011
I Would Recommend Jay Milano
Jay Milano was the best thing that happened to me in the suburbs of Cleveland. I only wish I had found him sooner so this headache of a situation would have been resolved in a more timely fashion. All I can say is Mr. Milano was worth every cent. He went to bat for me and drastically reduced the charges just based on the same evidence that was given to the public defender. I would recommend Jay Milano to any person looking for a reliable and well natured person in general. Thank you very much for your help Mr. Milano!
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Posted by Tony | June 1, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Not satisfied with Jay Milano!
I hired Jay Milano to represent me at a trial but he was not adequately prepared for court. He also charged me a "flat fee" but asked for additional fees later. I do not recommend using this attorney and suggest you shop around.
Response from Jerome Milano August 31, 2021
I can only assume who wrote this, given that I only have first name and this falsehood fits. I was absolutely prepared in this case. No one has ever accused me of not being prepared in court. No fees were charged in excess of that charged for the case. He did pick up a second case with the same subject matter as the first. As a result of that case, he learned of significant prosecutorial misconduct in the first. I applaud the fact that he continues to fight on- but condemn he dishonesty, and or the dishonesty of a friend(?), who wrote this review. J
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Ohio State University
  • 2015 - Present
  • Professor, Adjunct Faculty
  • Case Western Reserve University College of Law
  • 1995 - Present


  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Ohio State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Fraud
  • Client Not Charged
  • Calvin "Snoop Dogg" Broadus
  • Dismissed
  • Multiple Homicide
  • Acquitted First Ballot
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  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Founding Presidient
  • N/A
  • Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • President
  • N/A
  • Board of Education, Rocky River Ohio
  • President
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Rocky River Board of Education
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2015
  • Cuyahoga Metropolitan Bar Association
  • President
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 1987 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • What Collar Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • White Collar Crime
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015


  • CMBA Journal
  • Trial Strategies
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Deposition workshop
  • Depositions
  • 2013
  • Defending Allegations of Abuse
  • Allegations of Abuse
  • 2012
  • Advance Trial Tactics
  • Cross Examination and Argument
  • 2010
  • Advanced Litigation
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Endorse Jerome
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Jay during law school and, now, as an attorney. Jay is knowledgable, experienced, talented, and honest - a truly great attorney and mentor. I strongly endorse Jay!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jerry was smart, knowledgable,willing to fight, knew the weaknesses ans strengths of his case. If I were in trouble he would be near the top of my list."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jerome. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Jay as a teacher and colleague. He is thorough, detail oriented and knows how to protect his clients."
Cleveland Criminal defense Lawyer Jerome Anthony Milano
Jerome Anthony Milano
Criminal defense Attorney
Cleveland, OH
Licensed for 42 years