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Griff Makini Nowicki

Criminal defense Attorney at Riverside, OH

4.8   43 reviews

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About Griff

Learn Griff’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    35%
    I practice in Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties and at all levels of the court system. I am willing to travel anywhere in the state to represent my clients.

    23 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    20%
    I practice in Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties and at all levels of the court system. I am willing to travel anywhere in the state to represent my clients.

    23 years

  3. Child custody
    15%
    I practice in Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties and at all levels of the court system. I am willing to travel anywhere in the state to represent my clients.

    23 years

  4. Child support
    10%
    I practice in Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties and at all levels of the court system. I am willing to travel anywhere in the state to represent my clients.

    23 years

  5. DUI and DWI
    5%
    I practice in Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties and at all levels of the court system. I am willing to travel anywhere in the state to represent my clients.

    23 years

  6. Juvenile law
    5%

    23 years

  7. Sex crime
    5%

    23 years

  8. Speeding and traffic ticket
    2%

    23 years

  9. Violent crime
    2%

    23 years

  10. Expungement
    1%

In 1995, Griff graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Political Science. He then went on to law school at the University of Dayton School of Law and graduated in 1998.

In 2000, Griff became licensed to practice law in Ohio and federal court. He takes full advantage of the reach of his license with an eagerness to practice any county in the state. Traveling throughout Ohio and spending a significant amount of time in Court, he often jokes that his main office is his car and his office line is his cell phone.

Griff will proudly tell you that he has defended clients in over 100 criminal jury trials. He is not afraid to go to trial for any of his clients. For his service to his clients, Griff was presented an award by Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. He also mentors younger, less experienced attorneys by having them sit second chair during his trials. While his main focus is criminal defense, he also represents clients in juvenile delinquency, custody, divorce, child support, traffic, estate, and civil matters.

Early in his career, Griff was in solo practice providing a very personal, hands-on level of service with 24/7 availability. Even as his practice has expanded, he continues to provide that same level of service and availability.

Between 2010 and 2014, Griff joined the firm of Findlay, Johnson & Beard in Xenia as a partner. Joining the team of attorneys there helped him advance and expand his practice in new directions.

In 2014, Griff was a founding partner of Nowicki & Vonderwell. In 4 years, that firm expanded from 3 attorneys to 5. At one point, the firm operated 2 offices in Dayton and Springfield. Early in 2018, Nowicki & Vonderwell consolidated to one office in Springfield, Ohio.

In September of 2018, a reorganization of the firm occurred and Griff and Tyler Starline were joined by new partners Samantha Berkhofer and Eric Sommer. The former associates have now become partners who are dedicated to delivering the same level of representation that our clients have come to expect and appreciate.

Licensed for 22 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/17/2022

Contact Griff

Griff M. Nowicki
4130 Linden Ave.
Suite 340
Riverside, OH, 45420

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  43 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
Griff is a great lawyer, he helped me to get custody of my daughter, I didn't think there was any chance of this happening and he crushed it! He was attentive and always positive during our phone calls and meetings. I highly recommend using Griff!
Posted by Gina | June 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Lawyer!
We hired Griff for a child custody case. He was excellent! He always answered all of our questions and was there for us every step of the way! He is very knowledgeable and very experienced! We highly recommend Griff!!
Posted by Tim | April 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney
I used Griff on a very difficult felonious assault case where the “victim” had passed away a few days after the incident happened. I told Griff the truth and the real story and he had all faith I was telling the truth. Today we went to trial and we fought and fought and won the case with all charges dismissed. He was very prepared and had nothing but confidence in the case. I will use Griff from hear on out. Best part is that he will work with you on everything. Griff saved me from serving 8 years in prison and allowed me to return home safe to my wife and kids. Turned out self defense is still a thing and he will prove it.
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Posted by Randy Gordon | April 19, 2022
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A guy you want on ur side in the
This man has been a angel sent from above. This man has answered every question I’ve asked in a timely manner 24/7. I have had him represent me on two occasions and he has won both of them, one being a jury trial. Currently coming up on a custody battle I plan to use Nowicki again to represent me, he is a absolute beast in the court room. I have a attorney starting on my custody case but have since decided to hire Nowicki because of how excellent he is. 100% my go to. Highly recommend!
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Posted by Patrick | March 18, 2022
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Fantastic!
I am happy to have hired Griff Nowicki for my case. I’m very pleased with the outcome, and would definitely return to him if needed. I’d recommend him to any friends or family looking for an attorney. He’s very knowledgeable and has a calm, positive attitude. Thank you Griff!!
Posted by Jt | December 1, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney I have ever met
I have hired Mr. Nowicki several times and I have always had outstanding results from him he answers emails and phone calls in a timely manner even on sundays he treats and fights for you like your family he is truly a great attorney he will advise you on your best Route to take he is honest he is fair he explains things so you understand them but the biggest thing he is a fighter he is not scared to go in the court room and stand up for his client he fights every case as if he is fighting it for him self truly amazing attorney I have recommended him to several people and they all came back saying how great he is if you want a great loyal smart attorney Mr. Nowicki is the man for you
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Posted by Derrick | November 8, 2021
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Burglary
I was manipulated by an crazy ex and set up! I had no one, my job Terminated me. The state of Ohio blasted my face all over their Social media platforms and newspapers. As if I was guilty before a trial. I felt sacrificed I had loved someone only to become a victim. The Community blatantly Negatively interacted with me while I was in public. I had altercations in the county jail over this incident. the stress brought on a dark time I had just turned 33 I knew I had to fight. I found myself Trying to bond out and retain a lawyer Took some time. Thankfully to my son’s. Grandmother I was able to retain bond 31 days later. I remembered that an ex coworker from Reddy electric was going through an issue. We spoke about it while we stayed throughout the week in a hotel. The lawyer he used for that issue came up he thought highly of the gentleman. He said he was an excellent person he was humble and was willing to sacrifice and fight if he believed in you and believed in your innocence he would make others see it. I contacted the ex coworker the second day I was released and got Griffs information from the moment I contacted Griffin he was nothing but honest respectable humble and was willing to hear my side and get it out he fought like a gladiator against all odds this is no exaggeration. The state painted a very bad picture of me. Not in a Manor way either these are very serious charges felony 3 burglary felony 4 burglary trespassing and an assault that was a misdemeanor in the first degree. Griff took it to trial and we won on a unanimous decision across all 12 of the jury. I’m so thankful for that man he’s in gods grace and he perfects his profession to precision He’s a great lawyer and even a better man.
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Posted by Derrick | November 8, 2021
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Burglary
I was manipulated by an crazy ex and set up! I had no one, my job Terminated me. The state of Ohio blasted my face all over their Social media platforms and newspapers. As if I was guilty before a trial. I felt sacrificed I had loved someone only to become a victim. The Community blatantly Negatively interacted with me while I was in public. I had altercations in the county jail over this incident. the stress brought on a dark time I had just turned 33 I knew I had to fight. I found myself Trying to bond out and retain a lawyer Took some time. Thankfully to my son’s. Grandmother I was able to retain bond 31 days later. I remembered that an ex coworker from Reddy electric was going through an issue. We spoke about it and the lawyer he used for that issue came up he thought highly of the gentleman. He said he was an excellent person he was humble and was willing to sacrifice and fight if he believed in you and believed in your innocence he would make others see it. I contacted the ex coworker the second day I was released and got Griffs information from the moment I contacted Griffin he was nothing but honest respectable humble and was willing to hear my side and get it out he fought like a gladiator against all odds this is no exaggeration. The state painted a very bad picture of me. Not in a Manor way either these are very serious charges felony 3 burglary felony 4 burglary trespassing and an assault that was a misdemeanor in the first degree. Griff took it to trial and we won on a unanimous decision across all 12 of the jury. I’m so thankful for that man he’s in gods grace and he perfects his profession to precision He’s a great lawyer and even a better man.
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Posted by Rita | November 14, 2019
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Outstanding Job
Mr. Nowicki provided excellent service for a member of our family which resulted in a much better outcome than we had expected. He took the case with no hesitation and in a very timely manner. Would recommend him to anyone who needs an attorney, you won't regret your decision.
Posted by Deloris | August 29, 2019
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Restraining Order
Griff Kowicki helped me obtain a restraining order against my stepdaughter. It was a very stressful time and he made the whole process very easy. He was so helpful and was sure to stay on top of things. I would use him for ANY legal needs by far best attorney around. His office staff is friendly and always there to answer any questions I had.
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Posted by Heather | July 18, 2019
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Griff
Griff is a amazing attorney! We needed representation on a felony receiving stolen property. I called this man for a consultation and he told me “I enjoy going to trial”! I knew then he was the man for the job! After 4 hours into the trial, judge O’Neill called Griff and the prosecutor to his bench. O’Neill dismissed the case and sent the jury home! Case dismissed!! I will highly recommend you to friends and family! Thanks for all your help! G
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Posted by Airlia | April 25, 2019
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Best Lawyer
Griff is a very professional attorney. He goes above and beyond for his clients. I am beyond pleased with his services. He was very trustworthy and on top of things the whole time. He was always there to answer any questions or concerns I had.
Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2019
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Custody
He was amazing! Took the time to answer all my questions, even the times I knew he was out of the office, he fought hard in the court room. Ive spoken to a few Attorneys before hiring Me. Nowicki the reason I went with him is he really seemed to care what was happening. I’ll refer him time and time again. I can not thank him or his staff enough!
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2019
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Fantastic Attorney!!
I was charged with red light violation and speeding. The speeding was bogus but I admitted to running the red light right in front of the officer. He got it reduced to an equipment violation and $173 fine which includes court costs.
Posted by Lamar | December 11, 2018
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A law office that cares
I retained Griff services a few years back and had excellent results. It was a criminal case in the Clark County Common Pleas Court. I recommended a couple of other clients to him which were pleased with the outcome of their cases as well. This Law Firm goes by the book and fights for your rights. Hopefully I won't need their services in the future but if so, I will most definitely retain Griff and his law firm's services
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Posted by Aaron | December 9, 2018
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Great lawyer
Griff helped me get custody of my daughter for a low amount and it only took a couple of months
Posted by Christopher | December 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Mr. Nowicki was very professional and I will use him again for any legal matters I may have, and would highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by JAMES RAMSEY | December 8, 2018
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Custody
Griff and I have worked together for years....I have not yet lost a case. Yes he is busy but what good lawyer isn't. Returns all calls come prepared and ready to work. Would recommend in a heart beat. Just now having my daughter move into my home because of my last hearing. This has taken time but he does the work to get it done. Thank you
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Posted by Joe | March 7, 2018
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Thank you Always from Joe Drake
I want to say thank you to Griff Nowicki Attorney at Law and his law firm for handing my legal matters and my current dissolution of marriage. He and is law firm are true professionals and tend to needs in a timely manner. They all are not only professionals but also caring people that look at the whole situation and take into account peoples emotions and the reality of life. If anyone needs any legal assistance I would highly recommend you contact this law firm and Griff Nowicki.
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Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2017
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Divorce and child custody
Griff is dependable and alway took time to listen to my opinion and gave excellent legal advice. Did a great job all around. We had a tuff climb but in the end he came through with great results. He's very personable and knows what he is doing. I couldn't have been more happy with his services.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2012.

Suspension Stayed issued in OH, 2012
updated on 10/24/2012

Suspension stayed means the attorney has been suspended, but that the suspension is placed on hold (and ultimately removed) if the attorney complies with certain requirements.

Griff's comment: “This particular matter stemmed from a scheduling issue in late 2009, early 2010. Procedures have been adopted since then to ensure no future such issues.”

Education

  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Kent State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Special Recognition for Appointed Counsel Program
  • Montgomery County Common Pleas Court
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Griff
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Griff is a hard working, personable attorney who will fight for you in court. I strongly endorse Griff Nowicki."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."

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Griff Makini Nowicki
Criminal defense Attorney
Riverside, OH
Licensed for 22 years
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