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Mr. Schimanski is an aggressive, intelligent and effective Criminal Defense Attorney with an office located in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He is admitted to practice in Ohio and Michigan.   He has represented clients in courts both State and Federal Courts.  he represents clients both at the trial and appellate levels. His excellent reputation and his advanced trial skills often result in resolutions to cases that other lawyers may not achieve. He deeply cares about his clients, is fearless in court and is a very effective advocate.


Mr. Schimanski is married and has three children.  In his spare time he is active as scout leader, hockey coach and commissioner of a hockey league.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    25 years, 2.2 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    25 years, 520 cases
  3. Bankruptcy: 15%
    25 years
  4. Divorce: 10%
    25 years
  5. Other: 10%
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Contact info

James R. Schimanski

119 East Court Street
Suite 308
Cincinnati, OH, 45202


MIActive And In Good Standing199205/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top ContributorAvvo2013
Top ContributorAvvo2012
Certificate of Completion - Inaugural yearNational College for DUI Defense1995
Standard Field Sobriety TrainingNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw office of James R. Schimanski1991 - Present
Lead ResearcherNational Legal Professional Associates1989 - 1992
Research ParalegalClemans Nelson and Associates1988 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/A1991 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Ohio v. D.R.Not Guily
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Cincinnati College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Wayne State University Law SchoolPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1987