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Lucas Wayne Wilder

Criminal defense Attorney at Dayton, OH

4.8   20 reviews

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About Lucas

Learn Lucas’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
    Misdemeanors, felonies, appeals.

    22 years, 400 cases



From 1994 thru 1998 I attended the University of Southern Indiana taking coursework towards a double major in Political Science and History. During the summer months I interned at the Vanderburgh County courthouse in Evansville, Indiana. In May 1998 I graduated with honors from USI with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

In the summer of 1998 I attended a law school preparatory seminar at American University in Washington, D.C. In the fall of 1998, I enrolled in law school at the University of Dayton. My coursework at U.D. School of Law consisted of: Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure; Search and Seizure Law; Employment Law; Legal Rights of the Individual Employee; Discrimination in the Workplace; Civil Trial Practice; and Family Law.

During law school I received two C.A.L.I. Excellence for the Future Awards® in the fields of Trial Practice and Law and Aging. While enrolled at U.D., I was also employed by a local Dayton law office specializing in employment law.

I graduated from U.D. School of Law in May 2001. I passed the July 2001 Ohio Bar Exam and received my license to practice law in November 2001. Since passing the bar I established, and have maintained, a successful solo practice.


Born and raised in a small, rural community I have a strong appreciation for respect, hard work and a love for the "underdog". This upbringing also instilled a strong compassion for all persons and their rights. Representing persons charged with crimes comes naturally and highly motivates me.  I began my own practice in 2001 to ensure clients would get the one-on-one service and accountability that many law firms often cannot provide.

Memberships / Invitations
Criminal Law "Best 10 Attorneys" for Ohio
Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers
Ohio State Bar Association
Dayton Bar Association
Criminal Law and Employment Law committees (DBA)
Greene County Bar Association
U.S. Federal District Court
U.S. Federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project

Law Day Counsel Award For Criminal Defense of 1st and 2nd Degree Felony Cases (June 2013)

Volunteer Activities
Head Coach (Boys Baseball, Girls Basketball)                                                                                                                                     Baseball and Softball League Board Member, Commissioner and Umpire Trainer.

Bachelor of Arts (History and Political Science). University of Southern Indiana. 1998
Juris Doctor. University of Dayton School of Law. 2001

Licensed for 21 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 11/17/2022

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

Contact Lucas

Law Office of Lucas Wilder
PO Box 574
Dayton, OH, 45409


4.8 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
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Posted by Thomas Engler | January 26, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lucas is awesome
Great job I wouldn't go with any other lawyer I will use again for a long time
Posted by Terrance | January 23, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Puts his clients first!!
MR.wilder has exceeded my expectations, very good with communication. He will happily go the extra mile to make sure your are satisfied with what u ask for in a timely manner. I’d recommend to anybody in a tuff predicament
Posted by Patrick | July 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and personal service
Saved my life took my case to trial and won without issue and very easily. very personal and involved in my case would highly recommend.
Posted by Mike | August 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extraordinary Service
Mr Wilder was always the ultimate professional. He always made sure I knew the truths on every single matter which is rare with lawyers. He was able to negotiate a fair outcome which I consider to be a win win. Anyone looking for a stand up intelligent litigator look no further.
Posted by Tyson | August 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
I was charged with 2 counts of felonious assault after my family and I were attacked at our home and the attacker got injured. Needless to say he gave the police a bogus story. I felt like I was being completely railroaded, but Lucas helped me have hope that I had a chance to get a favorable outcome. He kept me in the loop if there were any new developments and if I had any questions I could always reach out. I was on house arrest the entire time and he came to talk to me in person on several occasions. He also kept speaking with the prosecutor on my behalf. I ultimately decided to take a plea deal that he was able to negotiate. The deal was probation with no jail time. If I had gotten convicted of these charges I would have had to do no less than 5 years in prison. I’m glad we were able to find Lucas and I’m grateful for everything he has done for me and my family.
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Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best of the best!!!
I would try to put in words what Mr Wilder did for my husband and I. Even though our case was stressful and life changing, he made it stress free with open communication, he answer all our questions he return our messages if he missed our call. It was never a moment where we wonder what is going on. I thank him for being friend, for being caring enough to go the extra mile. I definitely recommend Mr Wilder, no matter what you are going through he will put your mind at ease
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Posted by Marcy | February 17, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great defense attorney
Lucas did an amazing job handling my brother's case. He was very attentive and fought hard to make sure my brother received justice. My brother was wrongfully accused of a crime and was facing several years in prison. It was very difficult to prove my brother's innocence. Lucas fought to get the charges dropped and I am happy to say my brother is home now. I highly recommend Lucas to any one looking for a great defense attorney.
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Posted by Antwon | September 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Dayton's Finest
Lucas Wilder is one of the best in the business hands down. I couldn't have been blessed with a better lawyer! He's easy going, understanding, honest, straight forward and committed to what he does best, LAW! With no hesitation, I highly recommend anyone in need of legal aid to pay Lucas Wilder a visit, you won't regret it!!
Posted by Chris | September 14, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Definitely an amazing attorney
Lucas did a damn fine job on my case. Not going into details about the case, but i will say that he definitely got me out of a possible life sentence. God bless this man and his family for all he does for people.
Posted by Rodney B. | August 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Wilder provided amazing service for an extremely tough case. Mr. Wilder was completely clear about not being able to guarantee a not guilty verdict and made sure to go over all outcomes and risks. Made sure to keep my family in the loop at all times, thoughout the process. When it came to trial he was at the top of his game. Extremely well spoken and did not let any thing the prosecution did or say to rattle him. He kept a completely professional composure and was able to make sure the point of my innocence was very clear. I could have not have asked for a better man to fight to get me back home to my family. I can never thank him enough.
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Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2016
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Employment Termination Consultation
I was terminated from my current employer and was given three days to sign a separation agreement. I contacted Lucas Wilder by email on the second day of my three day window. He replied to me the same day and reviewed my agreement. He answered all my questions within a 24 hour period.
Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Valuable Advice
Lucas has been thorough both in his case work and in explaining the process of law. He knows the ins and outs of his specialties, and what to expect from the court. His counsel has been very valuable.
Posted by Brittney | November 10, 2014
Honest & Reliable
Lucas Wilder is reliable, honest, works around the clock, family oriented and open minded. When I contacted Lucas Wilder regarding my case, I left a message and he called me back promptly, it wasn't a secretary or office staff it was Mr. Wilder personally and we got started on my case right away. Lucas Wilder was completely honest about possible outcomes of my case and gave me all of my options. Mr. Wilder didn't require a retainer fee and truly is an attorney that requires no payment unless he helps you win your case, so I knew he was an honest attorney that's truly working for me. When I first contacted Mr. Wilder and he called me back right away he was actually on a camping trip with his family. He's a dedicated father who's involved with his children and their activities, so therfore, Mr. Wilder is able to relate to a case that involves family or children. My case involved pregnancy discrimination, Mr. Wilder was able to understand and relate because he and his wife had recently had a baby and couldn't imagine his wife experiencing something that I had. Mr. Wilder was understanding and sympathetic to the fact that bringing a baby into the world is a big deal and employers should respect and not discriminate against those women and allow them time off to recover and care for the baby. Mr. Wilder is not a 9am - 5pm attorney, he worked around the clock on my behalf researching for my case. He also used all means of communication to stay in contact with me. I would receive a text or email after 5pm from Mr. Wilder occasionally, which he would simply ask me a question or tell me to check my email. Mr. Wilder was also very open minded, asking me what my thoughts are and how I felt about certain things. He also asked me for my suggestions and would include my suggestions or response into correspondence to the company I was pursuing. I really liked that because I felt like I was also helping my case and I knew exactly what was being said to the company. I really felt that Mr. Wilder cared about the outcome of my case and was truly on my side. It did take quite some time for my case to wrap up, but Mr. Wilder prepared me for that in the very beginning, so it was expected. We worked together on the case and got a great outcome. I would reccommed Lucas Wilder to anyone looking for a reliable, honest, family oriented, work around the clock and open minded attorney.
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Posted by Cierra | October 7, 2014
The Best Attorney Ever!
Attorney Lucas Wilder, what a great person. When I first met him and so forth he didn't make me feel like he was a big scary lawyer he made me feel like he was my support system, and had my back every step of the way, I enjoyed working with Lucas Wilder, he made me feel confident and knowing that everything was ok, he was very informative, very patient and always kept me updated with everything I really appreciate that he broke everything down for me to understand I felt like we were partners cause he always ask my opinion and making sure I was ok with his decision, I knew he had my best interest so I wasn't worried at all threw the process, what a great person to work with, I would recommend everyone in the world to Lucas Wilder, you would not be disappointed. Thanks again! You truly made everything I was going threw a lot easier for me.
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Posted by John | February 22, 2012
A Lawyer with Integrity
I worked with Lucas on a wrongful termination case. The first time I met with Lucas in his office he listened, asked questions to get all the information needed and explained the process to me up front. From then on he informed me of what was going on, responded to appropriate parties as needed with an email to me about the status and any letters that were sent. He kept my confidence up throughout the process and on the day of the hearing I was nervous but you could tell he was confident about everything and knew he was going to get the results I wanted and he did. I would recommend Lucas to anyone who would want an attorney that makes you feel that he does care and you are not just a number to him. He does care about you and the situation you are in and is up front with you on what will occur and the probability of a good outcome. We need more attorney's like Lucas. John
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Posted by Demond | January 19, 2012
An Attorney You Can Trust
Words cannot express the happiness and gratitude I felt from using Mr. Wilder's legal representation in a wrongful termination case against my former employer . First and most importantly, Lucas Wayne Wilder, Esq., is an attorney you can trust. He was a compassionate attorney and a man of his word. He listened and felt every word I said. There were no hidden costs in regards to his services. He was like a hungry tiger when it came to fighting for my case. You are not your attorney's only case, but I felt like I was from the attention I received and the knowledge of my case he had retained. I was so impressed by the intricate details he remember about my case. It was as if he actually lived what I went through with my employer. I appreciated his humbleness. He was willing to listen to my views and concerns and considered them. We came out on top because this attorney is very knowledgeable about the law. We settled out of court and I came out a rich and very satisfied man.
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Posted by Sharon | January 19, 2012
Very Satisfied Client
We would highly recommend Lucas Wilder for all our family and friends in need of any legal situation they may have. We had a previous lawyer on our case for 4 years and was getting nothing done. We hired Lucas Wilder and within a year he had our case solved and won. He was the most professional and caring lawyer we has ever dealt with. He has a job to do and he will get it done. He cared about us and worked on our case as if he was in our shoes and made sure we got what we deserved. To find a lawyer that really cared about us was very important and very satisfying.
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Posted by Vicki C. | January 19, 2012
employment discrimination
I utilized Attorney Wilder services over ten years ago. My legal matter was handled with care and professionalism. He made certain my voice was heard and what occurred in my situation was brought to justice and corrected. Attorney Wilder was persistent honest and had my best interest at the forefront. I have recommended him to several around me.
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Posted by Robert | April 23, 2011
I felt comfortable with him and had all my questions answered in such a way that I knew what to expect down the line (no hidden surprises) I don't think I could have chosen a better attorney. Looking back I was very satisfied with his performance. As with anything there are always things that could have been done a little different but again I would have needed to have given a little more info or stressed the importance of some of the information I had to offer to help Attorney Wilder with my case. He was one of the very few attorneys who listened and accepted my case. I can not begin to tell you what I went through to find an attorney I interviewed 16 different attorneys and I had more stress in finding an attorney than the case itself. To give an example of his performance during my case Attorney Wilder had objected numerous times to the questioning of the Government's Attorney and won his arguments. In most cases when the Government's Attorney would object about Attorney Wilder's statements their objections were overruled. I would recommend Attorney Wilder and he is definitely worth looking into. Bob R.
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Failed to go to bat for me
Lucas came off very pleasant at first and was happy to take my case. I asked for rates and he said just a percentage of win, should there be one. Upon filing a letter to the defendant I had to spell check Lucas' grammar several times (including the spelling of my name, etc). When the final draft was ready and sent off they fired back with false accusations about me which I proved to be incorrect. I did not hear from Lucas for a long time and finally contacted him. He said he wanted to speak with me about the case but then never scheduled it with me. When I inquired about what was going on he emailed me from his phone and told me he's very busy and it would be next week. I again did not hear from him. Eventually he told me that he was no longer taking my case because he didn't have the time to put into it if he may not get paid (this was a risk when he agreed to take my case, or I would have gladly paid fee's for him if he had asked me to). He basically told me it would take too long. I believe he was not equipped to handle my case and took on something too big. Either way, he did not go to bat for me, he failed me, let me down and was not polite about doing so. I know he has a lot of good reviews but my experience was awful and he was far from polite with me. I normally would not write a review like this but I'm extremely disheartened that the person that was supposed to help me, made things worse. Do not go to him if your case is any kind of intricate. He will say he will help you then just bail on you with zero explanation.
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Response from Lucas Wilder July 8, 2017
I disagree with the characterizations in, and contents within, this review. I do hope that this client was able to find counsel to his/her liking.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Lucas Wilder
  • 2001 - Present


  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • B.A.
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • State v. C.M.
  • Charges reduced to M1 Domestic Violence. Probation.
  • State v. D.C.
  • Plea bargain: client pled to an attempted abuction F4 with agreed probation. All other felonies were dropped.
  • State v. C.L.
  • Charge reduced to a misdemeanor.
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  • Dayton Bar Association (Employment Law Committee)
  • N/A
  • Dayton Bar Association (Criminal Law Committee)
  • N/A
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Federal Bar (District Courts; 6th Circuit)
  • N/A
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Honors and Awards

  • Law Day Counsel Award (Criminal Defense, Felony 1st/2nd degree)
  • Montgomery County Common Pleas Court
  • 2013
  • C.A.L.I. Excellence Award (Civil Trial Practice)
  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • 2001
  • C.A.L.I. Excellence Award (Law and Aging)
  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (22)
Endorse Lucas
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lucas is an outstanding trial attorney. He has been involved in a lot of big trials. Experience matters! If you want a lawyer who is up for the fight, Lucas is your man!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lucas works extremely hard for his clients and has the respect of all attorneys and Judges."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Lucas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Wilder considers all angles of cases. His ability to analyze the issues and to foresee obstacles allows him to work cases with skill. Not only does Mr. Wilder have a good legal mind, but he is compassionate and understanding to his clients. He is also very good at communicating with his clients so that they understand their matter fully."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. With his solid published answers to questions from people, the recommendations of clients and other attorneys for his work, and a great website, it is clear to me that attorney Wilder knows the law and cares about helping poeple understand their rights and obligations. If you have an employment law problem, I think he is your answer and I recommend him to you."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. If you or a loved one have an employment or labor issue, you should retain Lucas! He is an outstanding lawyer, and is a tremendous advocate for his clients!"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred several clients to Lucas and they have all had very good things to say about his work."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Dayton Criminal defense Lawyer Lucas Wayne Wilder
Lucas Wayne Wilder
Criminal defense Attorney
Dayton, OH
Licensed for 21 years