Steven R. Adams

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Cincinnati, OH

Law Offices of Steven R. Adams, LLC
 | 8 West Ninth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-929-9333
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (70%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%)
Attorney Profile

As the managing partner of the Law Office of Steven R. Adams, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, attorney Steven R. Adams provides strong, aggressive defense for clients faced with DUI charges and other criminal offenses. He is trained in administering the standardized field sobriety tests and in DWI detection through programs with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). He is also a qualified expert witness on standardized field sobriety testing in Hamilton County.

Before opening his private practice in 2000, he worked for eight years as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Hamilton County. Today, he uses his insight and experience to better represent the interests of his clients.

Among his many legal activities, Mr. Adams is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Ohio State and Hamilton County Bar Associations. He also serves on the board for the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Mr. Adams has worked on several political campaigns for judges and other political figures throughout Hamilton County and Ohio. A dedicated athlete, he has participated in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship four times.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (70%): DUI/DWI

Criminal Defense (30%): Criminal Law

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI: DUI/DWI

Criminal Defense: Criminal Law

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2018

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About Steven Adams

Admitted: 1991, Ohio

Professional Webpage: http://www.notguiltyadams.com/our-team/steven-r-adams/

Honors and Awards:

  • Ironman Triathlon World Championship, Kona, Hawaii (Top 32% in the World), 2002
  • Ironman Triathlon World Championship, Kona, Hawaii (Top 15% in the World), 1999
  • Ironman Triathlon World Championship, Kona, Hawaii (Top 32% in the World), 1997
  • Ironman Triathlon World Championship, Kona, Hawaii (Top 17% in the World), 1996
  • Recipient, Editor's Choice Award from National Library of Poetry for Published Poem, 1996
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Sports Law, 1990
  • Recipient, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Most Outstanding Service Award, 1989
  • Academic All Southeast Conference, 1987

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Intoxilyzer 8000 Operator, 2012
  • Certified Intoxilyzer 5000 Operator, 2005
  • Certified BAC DataMaster Operator, 2005
  • Certified Instructor for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Course for DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, 2003

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Kentucky, 2005
  • State Treasurer of Ohio, Joseph T. Deters, Southern Ohio Finance Coordinator, 1998
  • Springfield Township Trustee, Joe Honerlaw, Campaign Manager, 1996
  • Judge Lee H. Hildebrandt, Hamilton County Court of Appeals, Campaign Manager, 1996
  • Steve Tolbert, Sharonville City Councilman, Campaign Manager, 1995
  • Judge Karla Grady, Hamilton County Municipal Court, Campaign Manager, 1995
  • Campaign to Elect Karla Grady for Judge in Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, ampaign Manager, 1994
  • Cincinnati City Councilman, Nick Vehr, Yard Sign Coordinator, 1993
  • Congressman Robert J. Portman, Yard Sign Coordinator, 1993
  • Hamilton County Prosecutor, Joseph T. Deters, Yard Sign Coordinator, 1992
  • Nick Vehr's Campaign for Cincinnati City Council, Yard Sign Coordinator, 1991
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1991
  • Ohio, 1991
  • American Diabetes Association and Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, 1989
  • American Diabetes Association and Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, 1988
  • Ohio State Bar Association College, Member
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board Member
  • Hamilton County Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • National College for DUI Defense, Member
  • University of Kentucky Swim Team Member and Varsity Letterman

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Mike Allen, Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney, Volunteer, 1999
  • Judge Susan Laker Tolbert, Volunteer, 1998
  • Governor George Voinovich, Volunteer, 1994
  • Congressman Rob Portman, Volunteer, 1993
  • Judge Mike Allen, Volunteer, 1993
  • Clerk of Courts, Jim Cissell, Volunteer, 1992
  • Judge John P. O'Connor, Volunteer, 1992
  • Commissioner John Dowlin, Volunteer, 1992
  • Sheriff Si Leis, Volunteer, 1992
  • David Peck for Judge, Volunteer, 1990
  • Governor George Voinovich, Volunteer, 1990

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker on “Practice Tips” with The Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers at the March 9-11, 2017 Annual OACDL Premier DUI Defense Seminar, 2017
  • Speaker at the December 15, 2016 Seminar titled Professionalism, Ethics & Substance Abuse Instruction: What Every Civil Lawyer Needs to Know About Criminal and DUI Law, 2016
  • Speaker on 2 topics: 1) The Art of War on The Motion To Suppress and Trial Preparation 2) Trial Skills Academy, March 10-12, 2016 Seminar with the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016
  • This book is invaluable in the courtroom to any OVI defense lawyer and helps you to understand the chemical, biological and technological concepts and issues underlying OVI prosecution and defense in the State of Ohio., Co-author, Ohio OVI Defense - The Law and Practice, 2016
  • On October 2, 2013 CLE Titled “Defending an OVI case for public defenders” - Steve spoke about Discovery in OVI Cases, Overview Of SFST’s and Compliance Challenges, Cross Exam Of Police Officer at MTS, and Voir Dire in OVI Cases, 2013
  • Steve spoke on 2 topics at the seminar with the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1. “The Premiere Ohio DUI Defense Seminar” and 2. “Trial Skills Academy”) on March 12-14, 2015.
  • Steve hosted and taught “What Every Civil Attorney Needs to Know About Criminal Law” on December 16, 2014.
  • Speaker on “OVI Defense Update” with the Ohio State Bar Association on November 21, 2014.
  • Speaker at the OVI Defense Update Seminar on November 21, 2014 - The Ilg Case, in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Speaker at the Annual KACDL DUI Defense Seminar on Friday, August 2, 2013. 
  • Speaker at the Annual OACDL Premier DUI Defense Seminar on Friday, March 7, 2014.  Discussed Ohio Motion Practice and Hearings Basics.
  • Speaker at the 8th Annual “Diving Into a DUI Case” - Presented at a Legal Seminar in Key West, Florida on Thursday, February 20, 2014 and Friday, February 21, 2014. Two Seminars – Presentation Checkpoints and DUI Checkpoints in Search of Excellence.
  • Speaker at the Annual OACDL Premier DUI Defense Seminar on Thursday, March 7, 2013.  Presented information on the Intoxilyzer 8000 and discussed other current trends and upcoming issues., Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Speaker for What Every Civil Attorney Needs to Know About the DUI/Criminal Client on December 21, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  •  Speaker for Appellate and Trial Practice Seminar on December 13, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Traffic and Impaired Driving Law, Lorman Eduation Services, May 21, 2004
  • Role of the Expert Witness in DUI, The Law Office of Steven R. Adams, September 17, 2004
  • TrafficLaw Practices and Impaired Driving Law Issues in Ohio, Lorman Education Services, June 24, 2005
  • Strategies in Handling DWI and DUI Cases in Ohio, Lorman Education Services, August 19, 2005

Representative Clients:

  • City of Cincinnati v. Daniel Ilg Ohio Supreme Court unanimous decision 7-0, 2014
  • Argued State v. Athon in the Ohio Supreme Court in February 2013
  • City of Loveland v. Lisa Mason
  • City of Loveland v. Deborah Combs

Educational Background:

  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, B.A., Major: Political Science Minor: Philosophy, Dean's List, Swim Team Spirit Award, 1987
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

Comments

  • “Steve Adams is the most respected DUI attorney in Cincinnati. He is excellent.”
  • “Mr. Adams is a premier DUI defense practitioner. I have seen his work first-hand and I know him to be an outstanding lawyer in this area. He has my strongest recommendation to be considered a Super Lawyer.”
  • “Steve Adams is one of the hardest working and best prepared lawyers in the greater Cincinnati area.”
  • “I refer all DUI matters to Steve Adams. His reputation is exceptional, and he gets fantastic results. My clients have always been very pleased with Steve's representation.”
  • “Steve Adams is diligent, caring, professional, and fierce. I would highly recommend him.”
  • “Steve's a great lawyer”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

Office Location for Steven R. Adams

8 West Ninth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Phone: 513-929-9333

 

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Last Updated: 8/19/2016

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