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Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (OACDL)

About the OACDL


  • Focus: Criminal Defense
  • OrgType: Nonprofit
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Website: www.oacdl.org
  • Executive Director: Susan Carr
  • President: Shawn Dominy

Mission and History

The Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (OACDL) was created to provide a more cohesive and credible voice for criminal defense attorneys practicing in the state of Ohio. The 800-plus members of the include both private criminal defense attorneys and public defenders who share a passion for justice in the operation of the criminal justice system.

THE OACDL represents the needs of the criminal defense bar through legislative actions. Year-round seminars provide members with an update as to the OACDL's involvement and action on current government issues and the criminal defense administration. 

The OACDL strives to enhance the practice of criminal defense lawyers in the state. OACDL sponsors continuing legal education (CLE) seminars and courses, including the annual Death Penalty and Superstar Seminars, for Ohio criminal defense attorneys.

OACDL is an affiliate member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).




Board of Directors

Shawn Richard Dominy
Columbus, OH
Meredith O'Brien
Meredith O'Brien
President Elect
Sandusky, OH
Michael John Streng
Immediate Past President
Dublin, OH

Past Presidents

Michael John Streng
Dublin, OH
Kenneth R. Bailey
Sandusky, OH
Jon Joseph Saia
Columbus, OH

OACDL Lawyer of the Year Award Recipients

The OACDL Lawyer of the year award is an award given by you to one of you. It is an annual award that is given by you to a member in good standing who best lives up to the ideals and values of this association. Its recipient receives an award that means more than any other because it comes from his colleagues who appreciate the quality of his work and contributions to our profession. 

Russell Stephen Bensing
Cleveland, OH
Kort Walter Gatterdam
Columbus, OH
David Clark Stebbins
Columbus, OH

OACDL Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Brian Joslyn
Joslyn Criminal Defense Law Firm
Columbus, OH
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Ryan Michael Shafer
Joslyn Law Firm
Columbus, OH
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Bradley Joseph Groene
Luftman, Heck & Associates LLP
Cincinnati, OH
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Justin Michael McMullen
Joslyn Law Firm
Columbus, OH
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Contact the OACDL

Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (OACDL)
713 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43206
Office: (800) 443-2626
Fax: (740) 654-6097

More About the OACDL


Membership in OACDL is available to all attorneys in good standing who have an interest in criminal defense. Additionally, an associate member category is available to other professionals in the criminal justice system such as paralegals, investigators and expert witnesses. A law firm practicing criminal defense in Ohio can join on behalf of the lawyers in the firm. Even law school students can join OACDL with a student membership.

Benefits of Membership

The benefits of becoming a member of OCADL include:

  • Access to a Listserv that allows the members to communicate with each other directly, discuss recently decided cases and to share information;
  • Savings on registration fees to attend CLE Seminars sponsored by OACDL;
  • Discounts on publications including the Criminal Law Case Book, authored by the Franklin County Public Defender's Office;
  • The protections of OACDL's Strike Force to stand up for a member who is improperly threatened for zealously representing a client;
  • Ability to request the assistance of the Amicus Committee if a case on appeal is likely to have an important impact statewide;
  • Free access to OACDL publications including the Vindicator - a newsletter that showcases articles by other criminal defense attorneys in Ohio about the organization and issues that impact the profession; and
  • Opportunities for referrals from the public, other attorneys, and members of OACDL through the "Find a Lawyer" or "Find an Associate Member" feature on the website.

Many criminal defense attorneys in Ohio also belong to associations organized at the county level including the Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (CCDLA) and the Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (COACDL).

Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Ohio

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in Ohio which includes both OACDL members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a criminal defense attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the OACDL and other professional associations. This includes recognition for OACDL past presidents and OACDL members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the OACDL.

Use this directory to find an Ohio criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

Criminal Defense Lawyers by County


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