David J. Betras

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Canfield, OH

Betras, Kopp & Harshman
 | 6630 Seville Drive, Canfield, OH 44406
Phone: 330-746-8484
Fax: 330-702-8280
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    A senior partner at Betras Kopp & Harshman, David J. Betras divides his practice primarily between criminal defense matters, personal injury and wrongful death cases. He also has a background in business law. Based in the firm's main office in Youngstown, Ohio, his clients come from throughout the state, and he has been certified in criminal trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1999.

    In his criminal defense practice, Mr. Betras provides knowledgeable representation to people who have been charged with state or federal misdemeanors and felonies. His cases have included domestic violence, assault and battery, fraud and other white-collar offenses, sex crimes, theft, and violent crimes. His extensive experience in this area has resulted in Mr. Betras being able to obtain acquittals and favorable negotiated plea agreements on many occasions.

    Mr. Betras has handled personal injury and wrongful death cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. Although he is a formidable courtroom advocate, he strives to reach settlements on many of these matters, thereby avoiding the uncertainty and length of a jury trial. His cases have included truck and other motor vehicle accidents, premises liability and medical malpractice.

    Majoring in applied science, Mr. Betras attended Youngstown State University and received a Bachelor of Science cum laude in 1982. Remaining in the state, he pursued his legal education at Capital University Law School in Columbus, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1985. His background includes having served as a special prosecutor in Mahoning County in a widespread corruption probe. Admitted to practice in Ohio and Pennsylvania, Mr. Betras is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 50%Criminal Defense
    Focus Areas

    Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence


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    Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020

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    About David Betras

    Admitted: 1985, Ohio

    Professional Webpage: https://www.bhlaws.com/david-betras-bio


    • American Jurisprudence Awards, Torts and Wills and Estates
    • Order of the Curia, Capital University Law School

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1999          

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Ohio, 1985
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1985
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1992
    • United States Supreme Court, 1992
    • Pennsylvania, 1993
    • Member, American Bar Association 
    • Member, American Association for Justice
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, December 1992
    • Former President, Mahoning-Trumbull Counties Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • Member, Trumbull County Bar Association
    • Member, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, December 1985
    • Pennsylvania, February 1993
    • Member, Mahoning County Bar Association 
    • Member, Ohio Bar Association 
    • Supreme Court of Ohio, November 1985

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    •   Special Prosecutor, Mahoning County Fraud Probe
    • Former Interim Director, Mahoning County Child Support Enforcement Agency
    • Former Compliance Officer, Mahoning County Child Support Enforcement Agency

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Former Professor, Youngstown State University

    Educational Background:

    • Juris Doctor, Cum Laude. Honors: Order of the Curia. Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio, 1985
    • Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, Major: Applied Science, 1982, 1982
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    Office Location for David J. Betras

    6630 Seville Drive
    Canfield, OH 44406

    Phone: 330-746-8484

    Fax: 330-702-8280

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    Last Updated: 12/12/2018

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