Michael W. Bouldin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Covington, KY

Bouldin Law Firm
618 Washington St
Covington, KY 41011
Phone: 859-581-6453
Fax: 859-374-6170
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (30%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%), Family Law (30%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Michael W. Bouldin is the founder of Bouldin Law Firm in Covington, Kentucky. Michael has over 25 years of experience and is an experienced trial lawyer. He practices in the areas of criminal defense, divorce and personal injury, serving clients throughout northern Kentucky.

Michael Bouldin’s criminal defense experience includes handling all types of misdemeanors and felonies, including DUI. In addition to divorce, he handles family law cases involving child support, collaborative practice and child support. Over the course of his legal career, he has achieved successful results in many criminal and family law cases involving complex issues.

In addition to managing his law practice, Michael Bouldin devotes a substantial portion of his time to pro bono cases. He takes on numerous clients referred from the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center and the Women’s Crisis Center. Every year, he devotes a significant number of hours to pro bono work.

Active in his legal community, Mr. Bouldin is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association. He also sits on the board of the Academy of Northern Kentucky Collaborative Professionals, Inc.

Mr. Bouldin earned a bachelor’s degree in business economics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He received his law degree from the Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law. He holds a license to practice law before all Kentucky and Ohio state courts, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 30%Family Law
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Father's Rights


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022

White Papers

  • Not All Custody Is Equal (2019) - Attorney Michael Bouldin describes that an attorney is necessary and joint custody is not always granted despite new Kentucky Statute which provides for a presumption of joint legal custody and shared parenting.  KRS 403.270 and first appellate case of Barnett v. White are discussed.
  • Carrying Concealed Weapon in Kentucky (2021) - Michael Bouldin discusses recent changes to carrying weapon and concealed carry laws in Kentucky.  There is no longer requirement to have CCW permit to carry concealed weapon.  Exceptions for banks, schools and many other places still exist, and other charges could be brought if in possession of drugs or other contraband.
  • Collaborative Divorce (2019) - Northern Kentucky divorce and collaborative attorney Michael Bouldin explains process and benefits of collaborative divorce v. traditional litigation.
  • Expunge Class D Felony In Kentucky (2016) - KY passes new law allowing for expungement of class D felonies in Kentucky was enacted into law last week.  Call Attorney Michael Bouldin to have your felony expunged!

About Michael W. Bouldin

Admitted: 1994, Kentucky

Professional Webpage: https://www.bouldinlawfirm.com/about/


  • Collaborative divorce for individual with over $10MM assets. Peaceful resolution without court involvement. , 2019

Educational Background

  • BS Business Economics from Miami University, Ohio, 1991

Bar/Professional Activity

  • US District Court - S.Dist. OH, 1995
  • Ohio Bar Association, 1995
  • Kentucky Bar, 1994
  • US District Court - E.Dist. Ky, 1995

Representative Clients

  • Represented criminal defendants accused of drug trafficking and possession of illegal drugs with handgun., 2018
  • Generally represent individuals involved in divorce or charged with a crime or DUI. , 2020

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Michael Bouldin is a 25 year DUI defense attorney and this article explains the different factors which will require additional penalties if convicted of DUI in Kentucky.  Kentucky refers to these factors as aggravators.  Aggravators require jail time for the first offense and double minimum jail times on second and subsequent DUI convictions.  This article is information reading for both the practicing attorney as well as defendants charged with a DUI violation., author, What Is a DUI Aggravator in Kentucky, Legal - DUI, 2019

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Super Lawyers - Kentucky, 2019


  • More than 16 years consecutively rated very high by peer review in ability and ethics.  , Very High Peer Review Rating In Legal Ability & Ethical Standard, Martindale, 2020
  • Again rated top attorney by peers, clients according to AVVO scaled ratings., Top Rated , AVVO, 2020
  • Very High Peer Review Rating In Legal Ability & Ethical Standard, 15 Year Anniversary, Martindale Hubbell, 2019
  • Selected to SuperLawyers again. Nomintated by peers and approved as top 5% lawyers., SuperLawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2020
  • Selected to Super Lawyers in criminal defense and practice in multiple areas., SuperLawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2019
  • Superb attorney rating from AVVO for 2019., Top-Rated Lawyer, AVVO, 2019

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Over 40 pro bono hours completed, 2020
  • 50 hours on divorce/custody case in Kenton County., 2018
  • I commit to 40 hours of pro bono/community service each year.  I generally accept pro bono clients who have been referred from the Women's Crisis Center and Children's Advocacy Center.


  • Questionable rape charge amended to misdemeanor sexual misconduct.  Plea also did not include placement on sex offender registry., 2020
  • Successfully argued to impute wages of $113,934 to Husband who claimed $38,162/year on taxes. Dissolution and imputation of wages in Tibtani v. Tibtani case upheld on appeal., 2019
  • Acquittal jury verdict in Scott County, Kentucky for defense client facing charges of Burglary and Theft., 2019
  • Dismissal of DUI case after court determined that evidence was insufficient to sustain conviction.  Client was originally charged with aggravated DUI, refusal of breathalyzer and speeding charges., 2017
  • Sole custody awarded to mother following extensive trial to family court judge.  New Kentucky law makes a preseumption of joint legal custody and 50/50 parenting determination.  Despite new law, sole custody was awarded based on evidence presented at trial., 2017


  • Attorney Michael Bouldin discusses the Bouldin Law Firm and provides overview of services offered to clients. Michael Bouldin has been practicing law primarily in areas of divorce, dissolution, criminal defense and DUI since 1994 in Northern Kentucky and Southern Ohio. While the firm is primarily focused on family law and criminal defense, the practice also includes estate planning, personal injury and corporate formation and litigation. Kentucky law does not recognize the specialty practice of law. Any references to focus and primary areas relate to the amount of time which is typically devoted to a specific area of law., Introduction to Michael Bouldin, Legal, 2021
  • Michael Bouldin has been handling family law matters, including collaborative law, divorce, custody, support and dissolution in Northern Kentucky since 1994. Much of his law practice focus is on family matters both in N.Ky and Cincinnati. Family law representation includes collaborative divorce, mediation, and litigation as methods of dispute resolution. Other areas which are also included in family law include juvenile court, allegations of abuse, dependency and neglect, paternity, custody, visitation, domestic violence and emergency protective orders (EPO and DVO) and DNA. The Bouldin Law Firm has excelled at personalized attention for over 25 years. Handling cases in a minimum number of locations allows lawyers to understand nuances of each division and each judge as well as developed relationships with other local attorneys who practice family law., Introduction to Divorce Law, Divorce And Family Law Litigants, 2020
  • Michael Bouldin introduction to potential clients and colleagues., Introduction, 2017
  • Northern Kentucky attorney Michael Bouldin discusses representation of criminal defendants, including those charged with DUI or OVI.  Narrative reports, questions answered and introduction to attorney Bouldin are all included. , Intro to Criminal Law, Criminal And DUI Defendants, 2020
  • Introduction by attorney Michael Bouldin outlining what to expect from your attorney in hiring and through a divorce or dissolution., NKy Divorce Attorney, 2013
  • Attorney Michael Bouldin introduces self to clients and discuses aspects of Criminal Defense in Northern Kentucky., NKy Criminal Attorney, 2013

Industry Groups

  • NKy Collaborative
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Office Location for Michael W. Bouldin

618 Washington St
Covington, KY 41011

Phone: 859-581-6453

Fax: 859-374-6170

Last Updated: 7/15/2021

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