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Nicholas George Gounaris

Criminal defense Attorney at Dayton, OH

4.9   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Nicholas

Learn Nicholas’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    The legal Defense firm of Gounaris Abboud, Co., LPA is an Ohio based criminal defense firm that services clients in Montgomery and the surrounding Counties. For years, our dedicated & aggressive criminal attorneys have helped countless clients obtain successful case outcomes.

    29 years, 2,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%

  3. Personal injury
    13%

  4. Family
    12%

Attorney Nicholas G. Gounaris is a founding partner at the law firm. As a skilled attorney, Mr. Gounaris has experience handling cases involving all forms of complex litigation. Mr. Gounaris has successfully tried cases in Municipal, State and Federal Courts. His law practice at the firm of Gounaris Abboud Co., LPA, was built by being a strong advocate for his clients. In the past he's acted in the capacity of prosecutor, magistrate and acting Judge. As such, Mr. Gounaris is able to understand legal issues from many different vantage points and that experience has proved invaluable in assisting his clients.

A "Gounaris" has been serving the Dayton and Miami Valley community for the past forty (40) years as Nick's father, George J. Gounaris, was not only an attorney in Dayton but also served as a Judge at the Dayton Municipal Court, the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, General Division as well as the Probate Judge for Montgomery County.

In order to stay on top of new developments in the legal field, Mr. Gounaris has been involved as a member of many legal associations including the Dayton Bar Association, The Ohio State Bar Association, The American Bar Association The Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association and The Federal Bar Association. Mr. Gounaris served two years as the President of the Federal Bar Association, Dayton Chapter. 

Mr. Gounaris regularly represents clients in Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Preble and Warren Counties as well as in the Federal Courts located in the Southern District of Ohio and throughout the United States. His clients have ranged from CEO's, Professional and Olympic Athletes, Teachers, Doctors, Members of Law Enforcement and People from all walks of life.


He provides clients of the firm with competent legal representation and focuses his law practice in the areas of DUI Defense, Criminal Defense, Family Law Issues, Federal Criminal Law and Personal Injury cases.

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Location

Gounaris Abboud, LPA
130 West Second Street
Suite 2000
Dayton, OH, 45402

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Dave | March 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don't hesitate to call Nick Gounaris!
Always professional, reasonable and knowledgeable. Don't hesitate to call him!
Posted by Haley Huff | June 28, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Earlier this week I visited Nick Gounaris office with my family. Upon arrival, I he was very anxious because i had never been in an attorneys office before. We went to the 20th floor of the building and was greeted by a very nice receptionist. Still anxious, we were then placed in a beautiful room with large glass windows and the view of downtown Dayton! I have never been up that high with such a beautiful view of the city. I was Immediately relaxed when Nick came in very promptly to assist my family with the documentation we needed. He made us feel very comfortable and confident in what decisions needed to be made. All in all, I enjoyed the experience of visiting Nick Gounaris office and learning the process. I would highly recommend his office to others in need of an attorney.
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Posted by Chelsea | June 28, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great experience!
I would like to share how seemless the process was when dealing with Nick Gounaris and his staff. I flew in town from Florida to help family resolve an issue. Not knowing we needed an attorney ahead of time we called nicks office on a Friday morning, spoke to Mallory who was extremely helpful by arranging us a meeting with Nick only a few hours later. He not only took the time to help us with what we thought we needed but went above and beyond to point us in the right direction and provide us with the nessessary tools to further resolve the issue. He came highly recommended from others in the area and his rates were very reasonable.
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Posted by Ken | June 5, 2018
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Engineer
Nick Gounaris is a super talented attorney who got me results that I did not even think were possible! I was facing a third ovi within 10 years. My mandatory minimum sentence was 60 days in jail. He got me a verdict that included no jail time and I was able to get the help I needed to turn my life around. He is very compassionate and cares about his clients. Even well after the case was over with, he took the time to talk to me about getting driving privileges for work. There is no better law firm in Dayton than this one in my opinion.
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Posted by Aaron | October 21, 2016
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Would definitely recommend
Mr. Gounaris was very professional and took the time to get to know me and my case. I was extremely nervous when I went to see him but left feeling confident and cared for. The day of my case he took care of everything again putting me at ease. I would definitely recommend Mr. Gounaris to anyone who wants to feel like a person instead of a paycheck. A big thank you to him and his staff.
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Posted by Sam | October 20, 2016
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Great Lawyer, Exactly who you want to represent you
The day after my incident, I spent hours calling all of the Lawyers I could find in Dayton. Nick was not only the first to respond, but he actually called me personally, setting him apart from the vast majority of all the others I called. On that initial phone call, he took the time to make sure he understood every possible detail of my incident and gave me his honest opinion of the possible outcomes. I met with Nick in person the following day and immediately felt at ease. He remembered everything we had talked about, was engaging, pragmatic, and honest while taking the time to fully understand my desired outcome. His office staff was also extremely cordial and helpful and even called to give me appointment and court appearance reminders. After my first court appearance, he took the time to meet with me again in person to discuss all of my options, the implications of each, and how they would affect me, making sure I fully understood everything. We met in court for a second time and when it was all said and done, Nick not only got my charge reduced further than my initial plea bargain, but he was able to get the mandatory license suspension for my charge reduced by half. He not only met, but far exceeded my goals that we had initially discussed leaving me with the best imaginable outcome for my case. After my charge, Nick continued to answer any questions I had in a respectful, informative and timely manner. I would 100% recommend Nick to anybody!!!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2015
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Criminal Defense advice session
Extremely quick response. Compassionate and understanding. Very good advise.
Posted by Melinda | January 9, 2015
Lawyer aka Super Hero!
I have endured some incredible hard times in my life for the past two years and when I contacted Nick for legal advice he was very responsive,professional,caring and considerate he gave me the best advice and the outcome for my legal situation he is exactly what I desired as a client the best attorney I could find to help me and my unique situation. The professionalism and caring and compassion that comes from the firm Gounaris Denslow Addoud firm is beyond outstanding if you had a million stars to give this lawyer and his legal team at his firm I would do it shining and smiling for each and every one of them! I highly recommend this law firm you will be very pleased with how you are treated as a client! This law firm is packed with superheros that always give a 120% to their clients!
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2013
Great lawyer
Hired Nick when I was in a pinch and didn't know where to go on a DV case. He listened and was extremely helpful. He answered every question I had during a very trying time. He was able to get me an acceptable result. I would recommend him to everyone.
Posted by Jim | July 3, 2013
Many thanks
Nick represented us recently and helped us obtain a favorable outcome for our case.. He did some research and then presented a couple of strategies for us to consider. He was right on with his recommendation and we achieved the best possible result in court. Nick was very professional and approachable.
Posted by Dave | May 7, 2012
Hands down, the best Lawyer in Dayton, Ohio
My experience with Nick was the best experience I have ever had with a Lawyer. He was extremely knowledgeable and he really cared about us as clients. He was available to discuss our case whenever I called and he didn't rush us around, he took the time to explain everything and the outcome in court was the best case scenario, not the worst. Nick fought for us and won. It's not everyday that you come across someone who is as knowledgeable about the law and is actually sincere about wanting you to have the best outcome. I give him my highest recommendation. He is the real deal. Thank you Nick!
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2012
Nick is exactly who you're looking for
When I was at my worst and had no idea what to do, Nick was there to reassure me and work his hardest to help me pull through. He was concerned and attentive from the first time I met him, and I couldn't have asked for a better outcome. If you need him, he is there, and he will be honest yet persistent with your case. I appreciate every bit of work he did, and every bit of kindness he showed me and my family. I would highly recommend Mr. Gounaris to anyone.
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Posted by Carlos | March 30, 2010
I recommend Nichola Gounaris
Mr. Gounaris was appointed to my by the Federal Court in Dayton, Ohio. I was charged with a crime with a 10 year minimum sentence if I went to trial. He was able to work out a global deal between the U.S. Attorney's office and my co-defendants and myself. My plea deal called for a sentence of approximately 3 years. His impeccable representation of my character during the case got me a 2 year flat sentence. He was able to keep me out of jail (from 10/08 - 4/10), got me my vehicle returned to me and got me off house arrest. All this without me having any knowledge of any additional people that could be prosecuted. Because of the advice given to me by Nicholas Gounaris, the final outcome of my case is better than what it could have been and much better than what my family and I expected. I recommend Nicholas Gounaris for his knowledge, integrity and reputation!
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Posted by Marcia | March 7, 2010
review for Nick Gounaris
I am a new client to Nick. But he has been very responsive to all of my needs and had kept me very informed. I would recommend him to anyone needing legal help in any way.
Posted by Terri | February 15, 2010
An Outstanding Lawyer
Mr. Gounaris defended my husband and me in a malicous lawsuit. We are business people that are natural targets for lawsuits, but this one was particularly disturbing because the plantiff filed false claims and claimed millions in damages. Nick did a brilliant job. Just as important to me, he explained the procedures so I could understand, he listened with compassion and made me feel at ease and confident that justice would be served. He knows and honors the law. I would proudly recommend him.
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Posted by Roger | February 14, 2010
The Best In Dayton!
I have utilized Nick Gounaris' professional services several times over the last seven years, and have to say he is simply the best there is in the Dayton area. And if you are looking for an attorney who will thoroughly and aggressively defend your case, look no further. (I, personally, wouldn't want to take one step into a court room without him by my side.) When it matters most to you and your family, choose Nick Gounaris!
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Posted by Phil | July 2, 2013
Quite dissatisfied
He is kinda snobby over the phone. I read great reviews over the internet but when i called him to set up an appointment he was very rude and didnt have any concern of my situation. I dont reccomend hiring him, i guess once youve been around and see the same stuff everyday you become less enthusiastic of helping people.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Acting Judge
  • Dayton Municipal Court
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Acting Magistrate
  • Dayton Municipal Court
  • 2002 - 2008
  • Acting Magistrate
  • Vandalia Municipal Court
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Substitute Prosecutor
  • Kettering Municipal Court
  • 2002 - 2002
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Education

  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Ohio v. Van R. Wilson
  • Overturned Decision
  • Cikraki v. Vickers et. al
  • Case Dismissed
  • State of Ohio v Olvera
  • Not Guilty
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Associations

  • Dayton Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Ohio Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • President - Dayton Chapter
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Dayton Bar Association - Congeniality Committee
  • Chair
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Greene County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Named to Ohio Super Lawyers 2012
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Named to Ohio Super Lawyers 2011
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project Recognition
  • Dayton Bar Association
  • 2009
  • Appointed Counsel Award
  • Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas
  • 1997
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Publications

  • GA Firm.com Publications
  • What to do If You're Pulled Over For A DUI
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • UDSL Fall 2012 Orientation
  • What Can You Do with a JD?
  • 2012
  • Montgomery County DR Luncheon
  • Marketing Strategies for Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Miami University FIJI's
  • Knowing Your Legal Rights
  • 2010
  • Miami University FIJI's
  • Knowing Your Legal Rights
  • 2009
  • Dui Defense
  • DUI Defense
  • 2009
  • Ringside At Rotary
  • Athletes and the Law
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (63)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Nick for several years and I can honestly say he is one of the hardest working, most competent attorney's I know. He cares deeply for his clients and will fight for them in and out of the courtroom. I fully endorse Nick. You will not be disappointed."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Gounaris. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gounaris constantly provides excellent legal advice that not only benefit the asker of the question, but also fellow attorneys. Even though I have been an attorney for 23 years and even a judge and magistrate, I learn new aspects about the law from him every day."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. This lawyers contributions to this site are invaluable. I happily endorse this lawyers work, ability and charity to those asking for advice. Further, I like to endorse good lawyers, because I find the AVVO rating system to be dishonest and corrupt. Frequently, disgruntled litigants on the opposing side (not your clients) will bash a lawyer on this site, pretending to be "your" client. When this situation is brought to AVVO attention, Avvo refuses to do anything to investigate and remove the false, slanderous "client" reviews. AVVO is a mean petty internet blog site trying to make money off of lawyers, and does not care if the public receives truthful information."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The top of the top. He has my full respect and endorsement."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gounaris is an outstanding attorney. He is both exceptionally experienced and a zealous advocate for his clients; an absolute credit to the legal profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Gournaris has the expertise and experience to help houwin your case. I recommend and endorse him and his services."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend this attorney. Very intelligent and very thorough when analyzing legal issues! Compassionate with clients and aggressive with legal issues! 5 STARS!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Gounaris has the knowledge and experience to be an excellent attorney for your criminal defense. He is the one to call if you want to win! I highly recommend him to you. Through his answers/comments on AVVO you can tell he knows what he is talking about."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gounaris is very knowledgeable on several areas of the law"
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