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Ryan Shafer is a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney who defends the rights of those facing criminal charges in Central Ohio. Shafer is an attorney at Joslyn Law Firm in Dayton, Ohio. There he handles a variety of cases, including DUI, drug crimes, violent crimes and white collar offenses.  

Shafer studied business and minored in political science at the University of Cincinnati, where he graduated Cum Laude in 2002. He earned his Juris Doctor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 2006 and became licensed to practice law in Ohio the following year.

Shafer began his work in the legal field at Dominic Frank Law Offices, and he later became a public defender at the Franklin County Public Defender's Office. As a public defender he represented those facing a range of misdemeanors and felonies across Franklin County, from drug possession to felony assault.

Shafer participates in several legal organizations, including the Ohio Association for Justice, National College of DUI Defense, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. When he is not in the office, he volunteers with the Salvation Army and the Legal Aid Society.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    8 years, 500 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    8 years, 2 thousand cases
  3. Juvenile: 10%
    3 years, 100 cases
  4. Violent Crime: 10%
    8 years, 250 cases



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Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Erika M. Smitherman

    I would personally recommend Mr. Shafer to family, friends, clients and members of the community in need of a criminal defense attorney. Ryan's dedication to his clients and his passion for his work are unparalleled. He appreciates and understands the unique nature of each matter and client he comes across. Having worked closely on several matters with Brian, I have witnessed first hand his outstanding work and results-driven approach to criminal defense.


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  • Priya Devi Tamilarasan

    I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Ryan in the courtroom for several years and he is always able to avidly advocate for his clients while remaining professional and personable.


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Contact info

Joslyn Law Firm

10 W 2nd St
Dayton, OH, 45402


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 DUI LawyersNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyJoslyn Law Firm2013 - Present
Public DefenderFranklin County Public Defender's Office2008 - 2013
AttorneyDominic Frank Law Offices2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2015 - Present
American Association of Premier DUI AttorneysFounding Member2015 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2014 - Present
Columbus Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Central Ohio Association for JusticeMemberN/A
National College of DUI DefenseMemberN/A
Ohio Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Ohio State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
OVI/DUI, Vehicular HomicideCase went to Jury trial and was found not guilty of all charges
Drug Trafficking ChargesDefendant plead to a less serious charge of criminal tools after the suppression motion
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Publication nameTitleDate
Wooster VoiceWhen does a drunken hookup.....2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duquesne University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of CincinnatiBusiness and Political ScienceBachelors2002