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David Edward Ernst

Divorce and separation Attorney at Lebanon, OH

3.8   4 reviews
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  • Licensed for 38 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1985
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2018

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    If you are looking to end your marriage, Attorney Ernst can help you through this. Chances are good it will be an emotionally trying and difficult period in your life. You will need a lawyer that is compassionate yet aggressive.

  2. Criminal defense
    If you face criminal accusations of any kind, you need aggressive representation from attorneys experienced in defending clients confronting serious charges. Mr. Ernst has decades of experience helping clients fight charges. Call today.

  3. Family
    Attorney Ernst is a premier family law attorney that can help you with your family legal needs. He has over 25 years of experience helping people in Ohio through their family issues. Give him a call now.

  4. Personal injury
    Workplace injuries | Dog bites | Construction accidents | Dangerous & defective products | Slip, falls, premises liability | Elevator accidents | Catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord, burn, eye, and traumatic brain injuries | More, call now!

  5. Probate
    Most executors have rarely if ever probated a will and know little about the process. Attorney Ernst can guide you through the complex probate process.


Ernst & Associates is an established and well-regarded firm representing a broad spectrum of clients, from major corporations to family-owned businesses throughout Ohio’s southwest counties. With more than 25 years of experience in family law, criminal law and personal injury matters in Butler, Warren, Hamilton, Montgomery and Clinton counties, Ernst & Associates is known in the legal and client community as a firm whose team of talented attorneys offers dedicated, innovative and cost-effective legal services. Our clients receive the benefit of outstanding attorney services covering broad and varied practice areas. We provide you with the evidence, support and information necessary to help you win your case.

Our firm gives you the efficient and personal attention you won’t receive at a big firm. Our attorneys take a personal interest in your case, making all case decisions in consultation with you, the client. We never hand off decisions to law clerks or paralegals as many larger firms do. We believe in prompt attention to your needs, and our attorneys return all telephone calls within a day to communicate quickly and effectively about your case.


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Ernst & Associates


3.8 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
Posted by Ken | September 29, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Lawyer
In my divorce, I had several lawyers and would get raked thru the coals. She would take me to court every 3 to 4 months, lost every time until I found Dave Earnst. After several court dates with him on my side, I won every one and she finally stopped harassing me. Thank you Dave
Posted by Xezakia | July 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Focused Representation
Mr. Ernst and his staff are welcoming, God fearing people. A peace exudes over one as they step off of the elevator. This "Peace" I felt led me to an amazing outfit. Since hiring Dave, he has been very FOCUSED on the results of my matters. I have no qualms or complaints. He doesn't belittle you, he empowers you. Just the other day, I witnessed his paralegal share love in the form of a hug for a client they had helped successfully and it touched my heart. Again, I dont know who the lady was, but the love and caring shared by the members in this office is what I believe helps Dave to focus on the pertinent and important issues. I titled this focused representation because I always see the Staff there focused on making a positive difference in peoples lives. Not once have I heard negativity or an attitude. They don't treat you like a number here but like a human should be treated. This place is highly recommended.
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Posted by Alex Grim | June 25, 2009
Basic Character Review
I hired this lawyer for an appeal and won; can't complain about that. He's not very good at returning phone calls; but when he is there, he gets things done. I feel he is a competent lawyer, and over all, i think he's a decent man.
Posted by Dan | September 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business Law Case
Hired him to represent me in a frivolous business lawsuit case. He demonstrated poor communication (approx. 30 non-responses for follow up). He also did not demonstrate any urgency with the court regarding my case. Filed a motion without my knowledge. I also had to look up status updates online to see where the case was in the legal system since he was unresponsive. He was very responsive after I replaced him with another lawyer. He also provided poor legal advice early in my case according to new legal representation. It appears he simply did not want to go to court based on the e-mails. My new lawyer is working to redo motions he has filed since they are incomplete (did not site any case law for our legal position). There was also no bond set in the event the plaintiff was incorrect in this matter. I highly recommend not using this lawyer for any business litigation. The cost to my business has been high.
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AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2018.

Publicly Reprimanded issued in OH, 2018
updated on 05/15/2019

Public reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Ernst & Associates
  • 2002 - Present


  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981


  • Warren County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Ohio Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - 2002

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse David
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is smart and hard working. He sees his clients as people, and understands that divorce is about families who need problems fixed."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dave is an excellent attorney."
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Lebanon Divorce and separation Lawyer David Edward Ernst
David Edward Ernst
Divorce and separation Attorney
Lebanon, OH
Licensed for 38 years
Free Consultation
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2018. See details