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About me

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, I am the oldest of 7 kids who was born in the house my father was born in.  I have been a criminal defense lawyer since law school. 

I am an active sports fan who likes staying in shape, playing sports and attending them.  Included in my interests are the symphony and arts in Cincinnati.  A big part of my life is watching my 3 kids particpate in sports at a high level. 

My greatest professional achievemnet is being a founding member of the Ohio Innocence Project which has done so much to improve the justice system in Ohio in addition to freeing 15 people from wrongful convictions in Ohio. 



Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
  2. Appeals: 20%
  3. Federal Crime: 20%
  4. Juvenile: 10%
  5. DUI & DWI: 10%



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    I endorse Bill Gallagher who has an excellent reputation as an effective defense attorney who fights hard for his clients. I know from consulting with Bill that he is smart and strategic in representing his clients.


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Contact info

Arenstein & Gallagher

114 East 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH, 45202


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198705/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Heeney AwardNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Jim Looker AwardGreater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerArenstein and Gallagher2015 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of DirectorsN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard Member2003 - 2006
Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationPast President2001 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Coleman et alRreduced to a simple Trespass
State v. Coleman et alRreduced to a simple Trespass
State v. Bryant GainesPlea to time served
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Spring CLEInvestigating your case through Social Mediea2015