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Ryan L. DeBra

Criminal defense Attorney at Cincinnati, OH

4.8   30 reviews

Licensed for 14 years

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About Ryan

Learn Ryan’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    35%
    Private Custody Complaints, Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Actions, Child Protective Services Cases, Grandparents Rights; Companionship

    14 years

  2. Criminal defense
    35%
    Including D.U.I Defense, Felony, Misdemeanor

    15 years

  3. Divorce and separation
    30%
    Divorce, Dissolution, Legal Separation

    14 years

In addition to divorce and family law, DeBra Law, LLC. handles criminal defense and civil litigation cases.  Attorney Ryan L. DeBra is a knowledgeable and experienced legal advocate.  Having practiced for over six years, DeBra has extensive trial experience in both the civil and criminal courts in Cincinnati.  

Founded in 2008, DeBra Law, LLC is dedicated to aggressively advocating for our clients at an affordable cost with an emphasis on real results.  Our small size enables us to be detail-oriented and dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and ethical integrity.  Keeping the client well-informed on the status of their case is very important to this firm and we take pride in maintaining open and consistent communication with all of our clients. 

The firm handles cases in Clermont, Hamiliton, Warren and surrounding counties.  Our offices are located in Oakley on Ridge Avenue.  The central location enables us to accommodate emergency hearings and short-date proceedings when and if necessary.

Licensed for 14 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/10/2022

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

Contact Ryan

DeBra Law, LLC
4010 Executive Park Drive
Suite 240
Cincinnati, OH, 45241

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  30 customer reviews
Posted by Danielle | July 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Had our best intentions at heart
Ryan was my first attorney, after 2 others, to say hey, let’s just prepare, take this to trial, and win as opposed to the other attorneys that wanted to keep trying to mediate with no results, and a long drug out case. Ryan went into court well prepared, had me well prepared, and we won our case on every issue! We got more than we asked for, and me and my kids are happy now and moving on with normal life. I couldn’t be happier! It was a job well done!
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Posted by Tyler | May 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Quality work from a quality attorney.
Ryan was able to quickly modify the deed to my house to include my wife so we could get the best rate to re-finance. The new deed was sent to me in a day or so and I feel confident submitting it to the county recorder. This is a testament to Ryan’s knowledge of law and wide range of services offered.
Posted by Stephanie | May 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!!!
Ryan DeBra is an outstanding attorney. He helped me after my car accident and I couldn’t have been happier with the results. He worked tirelessly to assure that I was represented properly and that I would be fairly compensated. He was always available anytime I had questions and always responded very quickly. I am very satisfied with the outcome and so happy I had Ryan on my side!
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Posted by Anne | May 13, 2020
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Knowledge, compassionate, and focused
Ryan's legal knowledge and insight were invaluable during a difficult season. He was kind but focused. My post-divorce issues were complicated, and Ryan was always on top of the case. It was clear that he was looking from all angles and able to discern what was the best steps moving forward, all the while, patiently handling my questions. You're in good hands with Ryan.
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Posted by Brandyn | May 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Always a one step ahead
Ryan DeBra provided legal representation and guidance during a difficult situation. I found him to be experienced, responsive, knowledgeable and authentic. While working with Ryan, I felt as though my situation was in adept and trustworthy hands, and he did not steer me wrong. I would highly recommend Ryan to anyone seeking legal representation that is honest, straight forward and will keep your best interest and unique needs at the forefront. Should the situation arise, I would not hesitate to seek representation from Ryan DeBra again.
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Posted by Kim | May 13, 2020
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Professional Attorney
Ryan handled our case very well considering he had to be very persistent due to the insurance company not responding. He was able to get us a settlement that we were happy with. Very professional and down to earth.
Posted by Joe | May 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer
We hired Ryan for a custody case. Ryan was always a step ahead of the other attorney. Very thorough, knowledgeable and communicated with us every step of the way. Ryan was able to accomplish far more than we expected. Very happy with the resolution of our case and would definitely recommend Ryan to my friends and family.
Posted by Janine | September 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Immigration case
Mr. Debra services were efficient and profound . He really guided me through the legal process in my case matter when my life was destructed into pieces. He is accountable , reliable and very intelligent. I thankful to be one of his past clients great life lesson.
Posted by Samantha | July 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Happy Customer
I hired Ryan to handle my divorce. He was professional yet down to earth. He made the process seem easy and I am sincerely appreciate of his quick flawless work. Thanks Ryan!
Posted by Christina | April 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child support/ misdemeanor/ Probation violation
My cases could've resulted in a significant amount of jail time but Mr. DeBra's knowledge and hard work allowed me to pay my fines and get my warrants and probation terminated. I highly, highly recommend him. He listens, extremely easy to work with and I felt he genuinely wanted the best for me. He is not the typical lawyer that takes your money and just rolls the dice hoping for a good outcome as he works and figures out the best plan of action to get you where you need to be. Thanks so much, Ryan!
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Posted by Kevin and Amanda | February 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney
We were granted emergency custody of a child who was being abused and living in another county. We hired an attorney and went to court for full custody. The abuser hired an attorney, moved to a new address, and claimed it was her roommate who was abusing the child and denied any involvement. The attorney we were working with on this case felt like we should just give up and put my wife's son back in danger. We knew that we could not let that happen, but with everyone pressuring us to make a deal, we felt like our back was against the wall. After a month of research, we came to the conclusion that we needed an attorney who was willing to fight. After interviewing several attorneys, Mr. Debra stood above the rest. He proved himself to be very knowledgeable about custody and abuse cases. He listened to our concerns and asked follow up questions. Mr. Debra knew exactly what steps to take to get the court the information they need to help keep our family safe from these predators. From the time we hired him till the final court date he was always one step ahead of our opponents. Mr. Debra was well organized, extremely proficient in his area of law, and appears to enjoy his work. If you need a person who will be committed to doing what's right, and not just look for the quickest way out, Mr. Debra is the Attorney you are looking for. Our family is living proof!!
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Posted by Michael L | February 2, 2018
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Hard Work and Attention Pays Off
When I was accused of an outrageous act and criminally charged with a felony that could have forever damaged my reputation and future aspirations, Ryan Debra is the lawyer that was handling my case. He listened to my side of the story down to the most tedious of details. He followed up with his full opinion of the facts as he seen them and all possible outcomes he could imagine unfolding. He then simply asked how I wanted to proceed. I told him I was not guilty and I wanted to fight it to the end, no matter how the evidence looked. Even though he clearly stated to me that the evidence painted a blurry picture and it would be hard to focus to the image I wanted a jury to see, he agreed to fight the case with me for the outcome I desired. He worked with me for 4 months and got every piece of evidence that I asked him to present. He was always communicating with me on how things were going. He asked me several questions to help him think of different ways to prove my case. In the end, Ryan got my case dismissed and cleared my name. He is an excellent lawyer. He will be my go-to on any future legal proceedings I may find myself in. I highly recommend him for your legal needs.
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Posted by Jenn | February 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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True Professional
I have used Ryan several times over the last ten years. He has helped me navigate through the legal system with the goal of helping my son and I be a family. He was always mindful of my son's challenges with mental illness and has been a valuable person to have in the courtroom. He was wonderful at explaining what was going on and what was going to happen next. I would highly recommend his legal services.
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Posted by Dannie | January 9, 2018
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Professional, Knowledgeable, and Compassionate
Ryan did a phenomenal job representing me in my divorce proceedings. He explained everything to me, and gave me the pros and cons of each decision we made. He helped me to see all of the information from many different perspectives. By doing this, I was able to make the best decisions regarding next steps.
Posted by Becky | June 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Ryan is a very nice guy and really fights / does his research
Ryan assisted my with a child support hearing this year. My child's father was trying to get his child suport lowered after the county had adjusted it due to his huge increase in pay. I had been struggling financially for years despite working hard etc. While in the hearing Ryan continued questioning my ex on his hourlly pay. My child's father continually tried to say he made 1.00 less an hour and tried saying the extra 1.00 was from special skill he had. Despite this Ryan was able to show the judge what my child's father actually made and showed the judge he was trying anything to lower the amount he owed. I have had two lawyers previously to Ryan and was hugely disappointed in both. One refused to call me back or explain anything to me, while the other was also pretty bad at explaining things.. Ryan, flat out told me that this was my life and I did not have to settle for something I didn't think was right. He gave me confidence and reassurance which most lawyers skip. Ryan also was early for any trial or meeting we had. I would hire him again in a heartbeat. He was honest about my situation and told me what I could expect. If you are seeking a truly great lawyer who takes his time with you and does his research please chose him!
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Posted by Carlton Lewis | June 21, 2017
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Great lawyer
Great lawyer gives good advice every time I called he answered and he put his heart into every case he has I'm very happy that I hired him and I vies anybody that's going through custody court he is the best that you Can get
Posted by Mark Brock | April 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome Lawyer
He kept me informed .worked hard to clear my name and what I was being accused of I would hire him again and recommend him to anyone
Posted by C. C. N. | March 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Knowledgable
I hired Ryan earlier this year to represent me in a criminal case where I had been charged with two, level one misdemeanors. Ryan had been highly recommended to me by a trusted attorney I had hired in the past but was unavailable to take my case. At our first meeting Ryan listened to all the details of my case then explained all the options available to me and what he believed we would be able to do. I found him very easy to talk to and his explanations of the court process and possible outcome of my case easily understandable. Whenever I had a question about my case I was able to contact Ryan easily and he was always able to answer any questions I had. In the end Ryan was able to get both of my charges dismissed entirely. The outcome of my case was better then I was expecting and I am very grateful for his help. I would highly recommend Ryan to anyone in need of a competent and trustworthy attorney.
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Posted by Maura | March 23, 2017
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Excellent Attorney
Ryan DeBra was recommended to me and my family by a colleague. I retained Ryan at our first meeting. Ryan was very clear explaining the process of my case. Ryan followed up with all of the information that I gave him. He was kind and considerate while being very clear and confident about the case he presented. Ryan was able to deal with a very difficult individual on this case and he handled that person with compassion and dignity. He was able to defuse a potentially volatile situation. I feel that he communicated well and was focused on my case. The outcome of my case was positive and I was very pleased. I would recommend Ryan as a very competent attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2017
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A good decision
Ryan was a wonderful attorney. My case was complicated and he did a personal and thorough job in and out of the courtroom. In the court room he succeeded in presenting truth and uncovering truth in a direct way that effected the outcome greatly. Where I had fears he proved to understand the process and put my mind at ease. in the end, I feel I made the right choice choosing Ryan Debra.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • DeBra Law, LLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Office of W. Lee Whitman
  • 2006 - 2007

Education

  • University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • BS
  • 2004

Associations

  • Clermont County Bar Association
  • member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Warren County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016

Publications

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • X
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Ohio State Bar Foundation
  • X
  • 2019
  • Guardian ad Litem in Abuse Neglect Dependency Cases
  • Guardian ad Litem in Abuse Neglect Dependency Cases
  • 2013
  • CASA Trianing
  • Guardian ad Litem testimony and cross examination
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (10)
Child custody Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan and I have worked together on numerous occasions. Ryan is always very prepared and does a great job advocating for his client."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ryan brings a professional and dedicated approach to each matter that he undertakes. His knowledge of both the law and the court system leads to results for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had a number of cases where Ryan represented the opposing client. I have found him to be an aggressive but respectful attorney, who knows how to achieve the objectives of his client. He has represented opposing clients of mine in divorce matters. He knows how to get the job done, without making a case drag on for months in court. I would recommend him to friends and family."
Juvenile law Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ryan is a fine attorney with whom I have had many cases. Ryan handles his cases in a professional and thorough manner and is a good litigator and worthy adversary."
Juvenile law Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked as opposing counsel against Ryan. He is a dedicated, smart attorney who provides excellent representation to his clients. I have always been impressed with his work ethic and his abilities in the courtroom."
Business Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Debra is very ethical, thorough, and intelligent. I highly endorse this attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Family member
"We have referred individuals to Mr. DeBra; his clients are very impressed with his diligence, knowledge, and passion for the work he does on their behalf."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Ryan on many cases and respect his work and opinion. I also refer my clients with criminal matters to Ryan, with confidence, knowing that client will be in good hands."
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