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William Richard Gallagher

Criminal defense Attorney at Cincinnati, OH

5.0   28 reviews

also known as Bill Gallagher


Licensed for 35 years

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About William

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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 graduatting 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.  My children are all grown so I try to "give back" by reffing club soccer in our community.   

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 30 people from wrongful convictions in Ohio. 

We work with clients to identify their goals and then work hard to help them achieve them.  

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Licensed for 35 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 11/07/2022
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1987
Updated 10/10/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Arenstein & Gallagher

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Posted by Glenn | December 3, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Hire Bill
Called 3 other lawyers before finding Bill who showed no concern or interest. I left Bill a message and he got back with me even after business hours. Showed concern and empathy and he even went above and beyond and had my issue taken care of within 24hrs. Answered all my questions and phone calls promptly. Real genuine guy. Thanks again
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Posted by Alexander | September 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Integrity, Commitment and Intellect
I had the privilege of having Mr. Bill Gallagher, as well as his colleague Kara Blackney, investigate a serious criminal legal matter, on my behalf during the preliminary pre-Indictment stages, with their expertise they were prepared to represent me, come what may. The matter was quashed by the grand jury, but their support, legal knowledge and preparedness comforted me along the way. When one could be facing loss of liberty, these attorneys understand this severity and commit themselves with all their resolve to working for their client's legal defense.
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Posted by Tim | April 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely satisfied
Mr. Gallagher did a great job with my case. He was very thorough, understanding, and supportive. Whenever I needed anything he was just a phone call away.
Response from William Gallagher August 25, 2021
So very happy you were pleased with our representation and communication
Posted by Caleb | December 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Letter of appreciation to Bill Gallagher
After I was arrested protesting on a non-violent charge Mr. Gallagher gave me an extremely generous offer of pro bono legal representation. He has extremely promptly updated me with every new event that has occurred during his fight to have my charged dropped and successfully filed a motion for dismissal which has been approved by the judge. He has also helped by referring me to another attorney that has more expertise in some similar legal issues I had been facing related to my arrest. I recommend Mr. Gallagher to anyone who is in need of a dedicated and hard working criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough and to the point
Bill was great at providing me with updated and relevant information and his assessment of the situation. He didn't waste any time (read money), and seems to be held in high regard within the legal community. I highly recommend him.
Posted by David | October 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Bill worked with me and was totally available to me to answer questions and make sure I understood what my options were. He knew how to present my case and advised me on next steps. Thanks to Bill's representation, I received the best possible outcome of my case. I highly recommend him.
Response from William Gallagher October 27, 2020
Thank you for the kind review. We are so happy you were satisfied with the work and the results.
Posted by Raymond | September 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
In my hour of desolation and despair
Bill was able to assist me in my hour of need. A friend referred me to the law firm. Bill was kind and very understanding of my situation and was able to give me advice, quickly. Bill represented me during my hearing and was dogged in my defense. His representation led to the judge deciding in my favor and I will be forever grateful that he was there and had my best interest in heart and mind.
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Response from William Gallagher September 22, 2020
So very happy to have helped such a nice person in a time of need. I am pleased this difficult chapter in your life was able to be concluded quickly and in your favor. It was wonderful to have met you and to have been of assistance. Be well.
Posted by David | March 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service great price wonderful man and attorney
Mr.Gallagher has been nothing but open honest professional and truly wonderful.. my wife had a warrant for her arrest and Mr.Gallagher got her charge dismissed and the warrant recalled.. he always kept us informed and he worked very fast on her case, this attorney is nothing but awesome and a hard working man I will recommend him to everyone I know that needs an attorney...
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Response from William Gallagher April 3, 2020
I appreciate the kind words and am so happy we were able to assist your family in a time of high stress and concern.
Posted by Phillip | January 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing
Bill Gallagher was an amazing attorney who was recommended to me by an attorney in the town I live in, the attorney who recommended Bill said if you were my family and needed criminal defense in Hamilton County or surrounding that Bill is the only attorney I would recommend. I am so thankful for Bill. If you need criminal defense in Hamilton County or surrounding please check out Bill Gallagher. Bill provided me with clear updates and told me what to expect dependent on how things went at certain stages (arraignment, indictment, arraignment) as I had never been through the criminal justice process. I was originally looking at 2 felony charges and now I am felony free, which when I had first met with Bill was a big concern of mine other than jail time. Bill got me an outcome better than I thought we were going to get, thanks a million.
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Response from William Gallagher March 28, 2020
We are so happy you are satisfied with our services. We work hard to keep our clients informed and prepared for each stage of their case. For many people this is a new and frightening experience. We are glad to hear we made it a bit less anxious for you. Thank you for the kind words.
Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not guilty verdict!
A friend of our family recommended Mr. Gallagher to us. We've never met a kind and compassionate attorney like Mr. Gallagher who is very knowledgeable, confident and thorough, dedicated, honest and very, very reasonable. He is very experienced with many years of practice under his belt and he gets the job done for sure! He got a "not guilty verdict" on a false charge and was very helpful in explaining the process along the way. We will give Mr. Gallagher a 11 out of 10 because he was very, very good and we highly recommend Mr. Gallagher if you are looking for a defense attorney!
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Response from William Gallagher January 15, 2020
It is always great to hear from clients who are happy with our services. I am thrilled we were able to get you the not guilty you deserved. I am sorry you had to go through this process. Hopefully the experience will not hold you back. I wish you all the best. Thank you for the kind review.
Posted by Lori | March 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Outstanding Attorrney and an even Greater Guy!
I recently got my fourth DUI in Cincinnati and I live in Columbus. I didn't know anyone in that area of .town so I phoned my sister who has worked for the Cook County Public Defenders office in Chicago for many, many years. She told me to call Bill Gallagher. My sister loves me, so I knew she would point me in the right direction. She worked with Bill some 25+ years ago. Sorry to make them feel old. I know that my sister did not know what a "solid" she did me. Bill is excellent. He knows his way around the courtroom and is very well respected by the Judges. That much was obvious. He got me the best possible scenario possible. Most important to me he was very concerned about my personal sobriety, as he knew I was working on it, and my general well-being. You cannot find better representation. I think God broke the mold when he created Bill. Sorry to be so sentimental.
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Response from William Gallagher April 19, 2019
I am so happy you are doing well. It makes us fee so great when clients find our representation helpful and caring. We try to understand the needs of our clients and to work hard to achieve the goals we have established together. Best of luck to you.
Posted by Tabetha | September 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful!
Absolutely wonderful. He helped me drop 5 significant felony charges with jail time down to three with no jail time served, and probation. He was absolutely wonderful to deal with and genuinely cares about his clients!
Response from William Gallagher September 14, 2018
It was such a pleasure to assist you in this low point in your life. Your husband and child are wonderful. So happy we were able to keep your family together.
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Incredible
Superb work by Mr. Gallagher. Got charge reduced from a DUI felony and jail time to a reckless driving misdimeanor with no jail time. Would recommend highly.
Response from William Gallagher September 14, 2018
It is so nice to hear from satisfied clients. Helping you out with your issues was a pleasure. Thank you for the very kind words.
Posted by Susan | February 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knows what he is doing!
I hired Mr Gallagher to represent an immediate family member, by reading reviews online from others that had used him. He was extremely knowledgeable about the criminal charges, what to expect, and how to handle it to get the best outcome. We were extremely pleased with the results. He listened to us, about all of our fears, and worked with us from start to finish with the utmost kindness and compassion. I would definitely recommend him!
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Posted by Heber | January 30, 2018
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Most attentive and considerate!
Mr. Gallagher is by far the most professional and effective attorney I have ever come across. He helped my mother in the best way possible and even recovered my seized vehicle at no cost to me from his end or the police agency involved. He in no way was obligated to do this yet did it anyway out of the his own kindness. This just shows how well he has established himself in the Cincinnati community in order to better help his clients.
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Posted by Kevin | May 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Help from Afar
Mr. Gallagher was able to resolve my 20 year old case that was mistakenly left open by the Hamilton Co. courts. I currently live out of state and felt powerless. Mr. Gallagher quickly got right to the heart of the problem and rectified the situation saving me a lot of time and travel (across 3 states). He never made false promises and provided very clear and prudent advise. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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Posted by Monica | April 25, 2017
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A God Send
I contacted Bill literally afraid for my life and livelihood. He worked his magic and today I am felony free. He is an absolute professional. He answered all my questions in a timely manner. He kept me well informed of the progress of my case as well. I'd recommend him a million times over
Response from William Gallagher May 2, 2017
I am so happy we were able to help you. You are a very nice person who did not need to face charges. Getting them dismissed was a struggle but well worth it for such a good person. Take care and thank you for the kind words.
Posted by Elizabeth | November 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
He is wonderful
Bill is a wonderful man that truly cares about his clients. I would recommend him to everyone.
Posted by Lindsey | November 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer around!
I came to Bill at a very scary time in my life and he made it all go away. I had two open felony warrants and he talked me through it all, walked me over to get processed and for me out within a few hours. My entire case has now been dropped and all I'm looking at is a misdemeanor that is getting expunged in a few weeks. Bill saved my life, highly highly recommended!!!
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Posted by Paul Richardson | July 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
A Referral From One Good Lawyer To Another
I was referred to Attorney Gallagher by my SC lawyer to defend against an 18 year old Ohio criminal claim. Bill's superior research, case law knowledge, and court presentation skills resulted in "case dismissed." After my initial consultation with Bill, I really never had any doubt about the outcome of my case.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Arenstein and Gallagher
  • 1995 - Present
  • Trial Lawyer
  • Cook County Public Defender Office
  • 1988 - 1994
  • Trial Lawyer
  • Lake County Public Defender's Office
  • 1987 - 1988

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • State v. Coleman et al
  • Rreduced to a simple Trespass
  • State v. Coleman et al
  • Rreduced to a simple Trespass
  • State v. Bryant Gaines
  • Plea to time served

Associations

  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Past President
  • 2001 - 2002

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Southwest Ohio Best Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • Cincinnati Business Journal
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers Magaizine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Heeney Award
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Jim Looker Award
  • Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2002
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Spring CLE
  • Investigating your case through Social Mediea
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (2)
Unknown Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Having observed Bill in the courtroom, his legal knowledge and expertise are exceptional. Bill has a pristine reputation within the legal community. Bill provides clear and concise legal arguments and understands how to get the best outcome in each case. I highly recommend Bill to anyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Bill Gallagher. Mr. Gallagher is a very experienced attorney. He is also well respected and admired among his fellow lawyers. If your life and liberty are in jeopardy, Mr. Gallagher and his team should be the first you want to consult. Mr. Gallagher would be a great hire."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse William. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is one of the best attorneys around. His compassion for his clients is unmatched. I highly recommend this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney and mentor."
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Cincinnati Criminal defense Lawyer William Richard Gallagher
William Richard Gallagher
Criminal defense Attorney
Cincinnati, OH
Licensed for 35 years
Free Consultation