Skip to main content

About me

I am an avid outdoorsman, and regularly hunt waterfowl, deer, turkey, coyote, and other big game.  I also like to fish, hike, camp, and hang out around bonfires.

For fun, I pretend to be a rock star and enjoy playing bass guitar in a few local alternative bands here in Youngstown.  One of those bands was a local punk institution that helped to develop a downtown bar called "Cedars" waaaay back in the 1980s.

Although I love to read, my career tends to pull me away from that passion.  History appeals the most to me. 

Another passion is foreign languages and cultures.  I speak a few languages now and am currently studying Spanish and Italian.  I have travelled globally to the Carribean, England, Scotland, Germany, Italy, Kenya, and China.  Here in the US, I have been to about 25 States.

After a ridiculous hiatus (that's a high-falootin' way of saying "a break"), I put a bike together and enjoyed "wind therapy" as often as I can.

I am equally comfortable in a flea market(can you say "Four Seasons"?) as I am at a high-brow black tie event.  You might stumble into me at an auction, a poker run, or a muscle car show too.



Languages spoken: American Sign Language, Afrikaans, German, Swahili

Practice areas

  1. Criminal Defense: 65%
    28 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    28 years
  3. Litigation: 15%
    19 years



Hourly ($150-250/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

13 total 

Are you an attorney? Endorse this lawyer

  • Steven Mark Goldberg

    Without any reservation whatsoever, I endorse Dennis. He is the best and brightest criminal trial lawyer I have ever encountered. Dennis is experienced, knowledgeable, comfortable, and skillful in a court-room.


    Steven Goldberg Defective and dangerous products Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • David Craig Sheldon

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Dennis since Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he was our SBA class president. Dennis has established a reputation amongst his peers as an aggressive, dedicated advocate for his clients. I have callled upon Dennis for expert referrals and advice. He has won many cases for his clients. I recall one particular case where his client was facing four life counts of rape involving a young child. Dennis told me how strong he believed in his client and how nervous he was knowing that if convicted his client would spend the rest of his life behind bars for crimes he did not commit. Dennis did a spectacular job and the jury acquitted his client of all chages! Simply awesome. Dennis is a zealous advocate, personable and has a great sense of humor. I am proud to have him as my friend and colleague.


    David Sheldon DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Attorney Dennis A. DiMartino

839 Southwestern Run
Youngstown, OH, 44514-6488



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Indefinite Suspension
    issued in OH, 2016


    Suspended indefinitely means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for an unknown period of time. The attorney will need to re-apply for admission to the Bar if he or she intends to resume practice in the future.

  2. Suspension For Term
    issued in OH, 2010


    Suspended for term means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

    Dennis’s comment: “I was disciplined for a personal matter that occurred as i was ending my first marriage. It did not involve a client, money, drugs, or anything else like that. I am embarrassed that I acted out of emotion and did something I deeply regret to this day. Most all the local Judges and lawyers agree that it had nothing to do with my abilities in the Courtroom as a Trial lawyer.”

  3. Placed On Probation
    issued in OH, 2007


    Probation means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State monitors the lawyer's activities for a period of time in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

    Dennis’s comment: “I did not work on the same pace that a Client wanted, who requested a full refund. As I had already devoted time on the case, including several trips to the prison and Courthouse, I could account for half the retainer and returned the other half to the Client's representative. They disagreed and pursued a Grievance. I was given a suspended sentence and continued representing Clients who needed an experienced, aggressive Criminal Defense attorney.”

  4. Suspension Stayed
    issued in OH, 1994


    Suspension stayed means the attorney has been suspended, but that the suspension is placed on hold (and ultimately removed) if the attorney complies with certain requirements.

    Dennis’s comment: “I was a very young lawyer and didn't keep up with the work that was required on a case. I was reprimanded for my errors, which I deserved. I learned that if I was going to be a Trial attorney, I had to develop good systems to stay on top of the never ending caseload of Clients!”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer of the YearMahoning-Trumbull Trial Lawyers Assn.2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerAttorney Dennis A. DiMartino2011 - Present
ProsecutorCity of Girard, Ohio1996 - 1998
PresidentDennis A. DiMartino LPA, Inc.1989 - 2010
AssociateSummers, Fox, Dixon, & McGinty1987 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Yolanda W.Felony amended to Misdemeanor, no jail time.
State v. John H.Acquitted (Not Guilty) on all 4 counts
State v. Robert M.Acquitted (Not Guilty) at Jury Trial.
See all legal cases 
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Youngstown State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Weekend DIP SchoolOVI/DUI2011
Weekend DIP SchoolOVI/DUI2011