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Stephenie N. Lape

Criminal defense Attorney at Cincinnati, OH

5.0   12 reviews
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  • Licensed for 13 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

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About Stephenie

Learn Stephenie’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    When facing criminal charges, big or small, it is normal to have fear and worry. Regardless of your charges or innocence, YOU HAVE RIGHTS. When you retain Stephenie Lape Wolfinbarger to defend you, she will immediately begin preparing your defense.

  2. Appeals
    Trial court judges do not always make correct legal decisions. That’s why our legal system provides appellate courts. Accepting clients appealing Criminal and Family legal matters.

  3. Family
    All matters related to the division of property, spousal support, child custody, and child support when married couples separate are handled by the Courts of Domestic Relations in Ohio.


Stephenie N. Lape is the quintessential attorney. She is intelligent, extremely hardworking, and brutally honest. Stephenie comes from a long line of attorneys and has an unmatched pedigree. Honesty, hard work, and integrity are a few of the traits instilled in Stephenie by her family, which includes her grandfather, the late Judge Raymond E. Lape. Stephenie also has three aunts who are practicing attorneys.


Never receiving a grade lower than a ‘B’ in her academic career and once on track to become a math professor, Stephenie’s analytical approach and preparedness help her excel as a trial lawyer. Stephenie graduated magna cum laude when receiving her bachelors degree in history from Northern Kentucky University and her Juris Doctor at Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

Ultimately it was Stephenie Lape Wolfinbarger’s regard for history, specifically the revolutionary period and birth of the Constitution, that led her to law. “The liberties of our country . . . are worth defending against all hazards: and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.” –Samuel Adams.

Stephenie looks to emulate the perseverance portrayed by our forefathers as she upholds the principles set forth in the Constitution, and defends her clients. With inspiration from figures like Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and her own family all fighting in defense of liberty, her path to law was ever clear. Now with five years of experience as a criminal and family law attorney, Stephenie N. Lape strives for justice and excellence with the same drive and unwavering spirit that called her to the profession.


For the rare moments when Stephenie is not working on a case and upholding the rights of her clients, she spends time with her family, attends Crossroads church, and teaches law classes at a local college. She is an avid reader and enjoys gardening and the outdoors.


Stephenie’s attention to detail, passion for the Constitution, and unrivaled work ethic make her the obvious choice for anyone seeking the representation of a criminal or family law attorney. A step above the rest, Stephenie N. Lape is the quintessential attorney and Stephenie N. Lape, PLLC is ready to provide you with the professional representation you and your family deserve.


Client's Choice 2015
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Stephenie N. Lape, PLLC
810 Sycamore Street
Sixth Floor
Cincinnati, OH, 45202


5.0 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
We hired Stephanie to represent my son with a huge complicated case. It seemed hopeless to fight a county court that is used to getting their way. Stephanie came in there and turned them upside down. She went back thru years of transcripts to the beginning and appealed to a higher court and won! She always kept us informed was very patient. There was a lot of frustration and complications but she is very knowledgeable and thorough and professional. She gave him back his life he can stand taller now and move on with his future. She cares for her clients and works hard. He had a very positive outcome with his case and with her suggestion and help to appeal a previous case received a much better outcome than he imagined!
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great preparation and Professionalism
I hired Stephenie as my attorney when I had no idea about the courts or the law. I didn't know who to turn to...As it turns out, I made a great choice. Stephenie did a great job for me, which actually helped me through the most difficult time in my life. She was always accessible when I had questions and concerns, and handled hearings and procedure with the utmost professionalism. She always was prepared and therefore had a game plan, which reduces the strain for the client. The thing I am most happy about in the whole process is that she was able to debunk some false accusations and ultimately reduce the strain on me and my family. I am forever appreciative and I had a great outcome in court. My case never went to trial. I'd recommend Stephenie to anybody seeking legal representation. She is tough in court and makes the client feel more at ease that they will be taken care of properly.
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Posted by Chelsea | September 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Honest, professional, and 100% on your side. Offers professional opinion while providing all options
Posted by William | December 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I think you are a very good attorney.
I have required the services of this attorney on numerous occasions. always professional always prepared and successful .
Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2015
Friendly, Attentive Lawyer
Stephanie was very accommodating and polite in every phase of my legal matters. Always answered in a timely fashion and answered questions honestly.
Posted by Jack | August 7, 2015
Had one consultation and one court date. Stephenie explained everything and recommended what she thought was the best action to take. I did not receive probation or jail time and was only charged court cost. Have already recommended her to a friend and would do so again.
Posted by Aimée | August 6, 2015
Much Obliged
Stephenie is a pleasure to work with. She is thorough with all legal issues and direct about the possible outcome. She listens without judgement ready to help. She knows the law well and is there when you need her! Her relentlessly calming demeanor and thirst for justice undoubtedly set her apart from the rest.
Posted by brian | April 8, 2015
formal client
I had retained Stephanie lape a few times, she has overwhelming handle all areas that was needed and gave more of her time to make sure that everything was covered, she is determined to go over and beyond what she does, I am very pleased and will use her again on any future services
Posted by Tina | March 24, 2015
Immigration Application
My solicitor, Ms Lape, helped me every step of the way with Immigration and my application for Permanent Resident Status. Without Ms Lape's help, I would have been completely overwhelmed completing all the necessary forms and what was required from me during the whole process. She completed all the required forms. Ensured that I had all the correct and necessary documentation Ineeded to support my application for Permanent Residency Status. She attended and supported me during the immigration interview. She answered all questions I had concise and clearly. The amount of work she did and her knowledge of the immigration process was excellent. As for Ms Lape, I found her to be very professional, friendly, supportive and would highly recommend her to anyone who would be in need of her services. I personally will continue to use Ms Lape services in the future.
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Posted by Matthew | April 23, 2014
Great Lawyer
Stephenie Lape handled a criminal matter for me last year. I was acquitted of all charges thanks to her thorough research and investigating. She is the first person I call with any legal matter.
Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2014
Highly Recommend!!
I hired Stephenie for a family law matter, and my experience working with her has been wonderful! She is very thorough, and does a great job of keeping me informed of all the details revolving my case. I am very confident in Stephenie's efforts and I know she has our best interest in mind.
Posted by David | April 17, 2014
Two thumbs up!!!! One remarkable Attorney!
This was my third DUI and I didnt think I had a pray of getting out of it. I really thought I would be going away for a Minimum of two or three months. . But thanks to my attorney I didn't do any jail time and had minimum fines. I would refer Miss Lape to anyone!! Thanks again For the wonderful job you did representing me!!!
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-300 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Blake P. Somers llc
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney/Owner
  • Stephenie N. Lape, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Professor -Paralegal Studies
  • Beckfield College
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney/Partner
  • Bleile, Witte, & Lape
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Extern for Judge William O. Bertelsman
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Geygan & Geygan, Ltd.
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • Legal Aid of the Bluegrass
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Intern
  • Campbell County Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2006
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  • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Felonious Assault - Butler County
  • Assault
  • Not Guilty Verdict
  • Domestic Violence
  • Not Guilty Verdict
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  • Federal Bar Association (Cincinnati Chapter)
  • Attorney Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National RSOL
  • NACDL Attorney Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Cincinnati Bar Association - Women Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • United States District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2014 - Present
  • Lawyers Club of Cincinnati
  • Attorney Member
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2016 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2020 Ohio Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • 2018 Ohio Rising Stars
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • 2019 Ohio Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • 2017 Ohio Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Premier 100 Criminal Defense
  • National Academy of Jurisprudence
  • 2017
  • 2016 Ohio Rising Stars
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Instructor of the Quarter - Winter 2015
  • Beckfield College
  • 2015
  • Premier 100
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Instructor of the Quarter - Fall 2014
  • Beckfield College
  • 2014
  • magna cum laude
  • Chase College of Law
  • 2010
  • magna cum laude
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Beckfield College Criminal Law Class - Guest Speaker
  • Motions to Suppress
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (9)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I learned a lot about Stephenie when we co-counseled a trial together last year. Most importantly, I learned that she is willing to do everything necessary to win for her clients. Whatever the need, whether it be doing legal research, writing motions, chasing experts, preparing a client for deposition, coordinating courtroom technology, assembling exhibit binders, or questioning witnesses at trial, Stephenie does her job well. Stephenie is such a professional and team player that I choose to work with her again and again. Stephenie’s great outcomes continue to come due to her hard work, preparation, and desire to deliver excellent results for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephanie is a dedicated attorney. She cares about her clients and fervently litigates every case she defends. She is also a very good researcher and is savvy in getting good plea agreements."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Stephanie is passionate about the practice of law. I've had the great opportunity to work with her on a few cases and she is practices with the utmost respect for her clients and the law. Any client is lucky to have Stephanie represent him or her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Lape is widely respected by her peers and is excellent attorney and I certainly endorse her as an attorney to meet your legal needs."
Appeals Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephenie and I went to law school together and worked on a 4th Circuit pro bono brief. I found her to be extremely dedicated to the law and the outcome for the client, with well planned and drafted legal arguments. I have no hesitation in referring the most difficult criminal defense cases and appeals to her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I observed Stephenie's skills in the Courtroom first hand when I appeared for her as an expert witness in a criminal case in which Stephenie represented the Defendant. The charge, if convicted, would have had dire, permanent consequences for her client. Stephenie's hard work paid off, and her client was acquitted."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephenie is zealous dedicated defense attorney. She cares about protecting the rights of her clients and strives to get the best results for her clients. I refer clients to her knowing she will work hard for them. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is hard-working, knowledgeable and prepared."
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She does a great job. She is very professional, and a strong advocate for her client."
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Cincinnati Criminal defense Lawyer Stephenie N. Lape
Stephenie N. Lape
Criminal defense Attorney
Cincinnati, OH
Licensed for 13 years
Free Consultation