John L. O'Shea

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Cincinnati, OH

Cohen, Todd, Kite & Stanford, LLC
 | 250 East Fifth Street, Suite 2350
Cincinnati, OH 45202-5136
Phone: 513-300-4012
Fax: 513-241-4495
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney John L. O'Shea is a member of the Cohen, Todd, Kite & Stanford, LLC, law firm in Cincinnati, Ohio. Widely regarded as one of the top trial attorneys in his region as well as the entire country, Mr. O'Shea focuses his practice primarily on criminal defense for DUI/OVI and white collar crimes along with all other types of felonies and misdemeanors. He also has extensive experience handling personal injury and wrongful death claims along with civil litigation issues involving business law, municipal law and other legal areas.

Serving a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Cincinnati metro and surrounding areas, Mr. O'Shea has achieved notable success advocating on behalf of his clients and delivering effective solutions and strategies to help them efficiently obtain the favorable results they seek. A highly responsive and dedicated attorney, he makes himself available at all times to address his clients' concerns as they arise, and he fully embraces his role as the protector of his clients' rights, entitlements and freedoms.

A former assistant prosecutor for the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, Mr. O'Shea has invaluable insight into the criminal justice system from both sides, which makes him all the more effective when devising defense strategies for the accused. In addition, he once served as a special prosecutor the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, and he utilizes the full extent of his vast legal knowledge and skills to help his clients face their legal challenges head-on while improving their likelihood for a positive outcome.

Honored for his impeccable professionalism and outstanding legal abilities, Mr. O'Shea received recognition from America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys in 2018 and 2019. He has also earned consistent designation from The Best Lawyers in America each year since 2014. In addition, he has received "Superb", 10 out of 10 client ratings on Avvo along with the site's 2014 Clients' Choice Award.

Mr. O'Shea began his legal career in 1989 after obtaining his Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and his license from the Ohio State Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. He maintains active involvement with the National and Ohio associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association, among his other professional affiliations.

Mr. O'Shea has also served as panel member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, and he is a certified Mayor's Court Magistrate. He supports his local community through his involvement with various civic and charitable organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati and Talbert House, among others. Devoted to his profession, he serves with the Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program sponsored by the Ohio Supreme Court.

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Practice Areas
  • 20%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Personal Injury - General
  • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 20%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 20%Business Litigation
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Probation, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, DUI/DWI

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Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2020

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About John O'Shea

Admitted: 1989, Ohio

Professional Webpage: https://www.ctks.com/attorneys/john-l-oshea/

Honors/Awards:

  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • Criminal Defense, Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • Criminal Defense, Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • Perfect 10.0 “Superb” rating, AVVO.com
  • America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, America's Top 100 Attorneys, 2018
  • "Lawyer of the Year" - Cincinnati Criminal Defense: White Collar, Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • "Lawyer of the Year" - Cincinnati Criminal Defense, Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • Client’s Choice Award, AVVO.com, 2014
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar, Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Criminal Defense, Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • Criminal Defense, Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • Criminal Defense, Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • Criminal Defense, Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Criminal Defense, Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2014

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Mayor's Court Magistrate, Ohio Municipal League

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Panel Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel, U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio (2014-2017)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio 
  •  U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • Admitted to practice, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Ohio, 1989
  • Member, Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel, U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2014-2017
  • Admitted to practice, U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Admitted to practice, State of Ohio Trial and Appellate Courts

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member of the Loyola Club for tuition assistance of St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Member of the Aegis Council for tuition assistance of St. John's Jesuit High School & Academy, Toledo, Ohio.
  • Member, Ohio Supreme Court Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program for newly licensed attorneys.
  • Member, Advisory Board, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati
  • Served the Ohio Justice and Policy Center as a supervisor of new lawyers in its Clinical Legal Education Program
  • Served the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners as a member of its 241-KIDS Advisory Panel.
  • Member of the Hamilton County Republican Party Judicial Screening Committee.

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Represented individual indicted for Murder, Attempted Murder and Felonious Assault with firearms specifications for shooting and killing one individual and shooting at another. Charges carried life in prison if convicted. Argued self-defense at trial. Not guilty verdict.
  • Represented an individual involved in an early morning gun battle where client shot the other individual. Immediately responded to police department where client was being held and represented client during ongoing police investigation of shooting. Other individual, the one shot by client, charged with and indicted for Felonious Assault. Client released without being charged.
  • Represented an individual, who with a co-defendant, was indicted for Felonious Assault for causing serious physical harm to another. Argued self-defense at trial. Not guilty verdict.
  • Represented individual charged with Sexual Imposition, a conviction for which requires registering as a Sex Offender for fifteen (15) years. Not guilty verdict after trial and all case records sealed.
  • Represented a woman charged with Domestic Violence, Child Endangering and Assault for allegedly spanking her boyfriend’s four-year old son. Not Guilty verdicts on all charges.
  • Represented individual charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident in one jurisdiction after being apprehended and charged with Driving Under the Influence of alcohol in another jurisdiction. Negotiated plea agreements where both charges were reduced to a minor misdemeanor traffic offenses with no incarceration.
  • Represented individual charged with a felony for Conspiracy to Illegally Convey Drugs into a Prison. Negotiated agreement where the felony charge will be dismissed and all case records sealed after completion of pre-trial diversion program.
  • Represented an individual indicted for embezzling $348,588 from employer. Negotiated plea agreement with no incarceration.
  • Represented individual on applications to expunge/seal seventeen (17) criminal convictions. All seventeen applications granted and all records of each of the seventeen convictions sealed.
  • Represented an individual charged with Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and drugs after causing high speed multiple vehicle accident with injuries. Not Guilty Verdict.
  • Represented a medical practice office manager on a 29 count state court felony indictment, which included allegations of theft of drugs, embezzlement and forgery.  Not guilty jury verdict on all 29 counts. Thereafter, all case records sealed.
  • Represented principals of a construction company at risk of Contempt of Court after allegations of submitting false financial disclosures to the Court. Matter closed without contempt proceedings.
  • Represented an individual charged with Driving Under the Influence and felony possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle. Negotiated plea agreement where the DUI was reduced to a Reckless Operation and the firearm offense was reduced to the lowest level misdemeanor. No driving suspension imposed and probation terminated early.
  • Represented individual charged with Child Endangering and Drug Possession after overdosing on heroin then being revived by emergency personnel while alone with four year old son. Not guilty verdict and all case records sealed.
  • Represented a Treasurer charged with embezzlement of $61,000 from a church athletic organization. Negotiated Plea Agreement with no incarceration and early termination of probation.
  • Represented an individual accused of and investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service before a Federal Grand Jury for conspiracy to launder more than $2.5 million is proceeds from fraudulent federal tax return refunds. Five year investigation closed without indictment.
  • Represented an individual in a state court prosecution under Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) for alleged illegal gambling activities.  Negotiated plea agreement with no incarceration.
  • Represented an individual indicted for Felonious Assault with a firearms specification for shooting another four times. Charge carried a mandatory minimum five year prison term if convicted. Proved self-defense affirmative defense at trial. Not guilty verdict. Thereafter, all case records sealed.
  • Represented an individual indicted with three co-defendants for Aggravated Burglary with Firearm Specifications.  Negotiated plea agreement with no incarceration.  Co-defendants entered pleas. Two were sentenced to four years in prison and one was sentenced to six years in prison.
  • Resolution of five separate wrongful death claims from automobile accident fatalities resulting in payments totaling over $5,000,000.00.
  • Represented an employee indicted for felony embezzlement of $62,728.69 from employer.  Negotiated deferred prosecution agreement where charge was dismissed and record sealed.
  • Represented an individual indicted with co-defendant for Aggravated Burglary, Obstructing Justice and Tampering with Evidence. Negotiated plea agreement with no incarceration. Co-defendant entered guilty plea and was sentenced to six years in prison.
  • Represented a treasurer indicted for felony embezzlement of $175,000.00 from a children’s athletic organization.  Negotiated plea agreement with no incarceration.
  • Represented an employee investigated by law enforcement for embezzlement of $274,935.00 from employer.  Negotiated resolution without criminal charges being filed.
  • Represented business owner in claim against the City of Cincinnati for its failure to comply with law concerning sale of City owned property. Granted injunction against the City protecting client’s rights and then negotiated settlement.
  • Represented a semi-tractor trailer driver charged with Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Manslaughter.  Not guilty verdict.
  • Represented a Pharmacist indicted for four felony counts of Theft of Drugs.  Negotiated complete dismissal of Indictment and sealing of all case records.
  • Represented a corporation investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky before a federal grand jury for alleged improper pharmaceutical accounting procedures.  Investigation was closed without indictment.
  • Represented a 17 year old charged with felony heroin possession in Juvenile Court.  Negotiated a diversion agreement where the charge was dismissed and record sealed.
  • Successfully represented an individual in a 2011 petition for Writ of Coram Nobis in federal court to set aside a 1998 criminal conviction for Bank Embezzlement.  Criminal conviction set aside and case dismissed.
  • Successful resolution of numerous serious personal injury claims on behalf of plaintiffs.
  • Successfully protected an individual in probate court litigation over her rights to proceeds from four (4) multimillion-dollar Trusts.
  • Represented a juvenile charged with felony Arson for setting a car on fire.  Negotiated plea to misdemeanor Criminal Damaging with no incarceration.  Thereafter, all case records sealed.
  • Successfully represented a corporation in its federal court civil prosecution of organized interstate and international trademark counterfeiting.
  • Represented an individual in appeal of conviction for Driving Under the Influence. Conviction reversed unanimously by the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals and case dismissed.
  • Represented individual charged with Driving Under the Influence after confronted by law enforcement in parked vehicle. Negotiated dismissal and sealing of all case records at arraignment, three days after arrest.
  • Represented a public employee in a state court felony indictment for Theft in Office for alleged embezzlement from a public school fund.  Not guilty jury verdict.
  • Represented an individual in appeal of conviction for Driving Under the Influence.  Conviction reversed unanimously by the Ohio First District Court of Appeals and case dismissed.
  • Represented an individual charged with Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Manslaughter after collision with motorcyclist. Court granted motion to dismiss case after close of prosecution without having to present a defense.
  • Represented a corporation investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service before a federal grand jury for alleged fraud in the administration of an employee benefits program.  Investigation was closed without indictment.
  • Represented an individual charged with Felonious Assault for allegedly causing serious physical harm to another be means of a deadly weapon. Presented self-defense affirmative defense to prosecuting authority before Grand Jury proceedings and coordinated accused client being available to testify before Grand Jury. Grand Jury ignored charge and issued no Indictment. Case was dismissed and record sealed.
  • Represented a plant manager of a manufacturing corporation in a federal court prosecution by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency for violations of the Clean Air Act in the State of Indiana.  Negotiated plea agreement with no incarceration.
  • Represented an individual indicted for drug trafficking after allegedly selling cocaine to an undercover police agent in a recorded “controlled buy” operation. Not guilty verdict. Thereafter, all case records sealed.
  • Represented an individual indicted for felony theft of $80,000.00 from an elderly person.  Negotiated deferred prosecution agreement where charge was dismissed and record sealed.
  • Represented an individual indicted for Felonious Assault for assaulting another with brass knuckles. Proved self-defense at trial. Not guilty verdict. Thereafter, all case records sealed.
  • Represented an individual charged with Driving Under the Influence in trial court and court of appeals.  Trial court dismissed all charges on pretrial motions.  Government appealed dismissal and Ohio First District Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed trial court and dismissed case.
  • Represented individual charged with three felony counts of Assault on police officers. Negotiated plea to one count of minor misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct, a non-criminal offense.
  • Represented a student in felony indictment for Aggravated Arson for setting fires on a college campus. Negotiated plea agreement with no incarceration.
  • Represented an individual in a federal court prosecution for embezzlement from a public school fund.  Negotiated plea agreement with no incarceration.
  • Represented an individual charged with Resisting Arrest, during which two police officers were injured. Negotiated plea to one count of Disorderly Conduct with no incarceration.
  • Represented a corporation investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, before a federal grand jury for alleged price fixing.  Investigation was closed without indictment.
  • Represented an individual indicted for two felony counts of Obstructing Justice for allegedly harboring her ex-husband, who was a fugitive from justice.  Negotiated complete dismissal of Indictment and sealing of all case records.

Representative Clients:

  • Magistrate - City of Blue Ash, Ohio Mayor's Court

Educational Background:

  • University of Toledo - B.S.
  • J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1989

Industry Groups

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Comments

  • “John O'Shea does a tremendous job representing his clients. I have always been impressed with the results of cases referred to him.”

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

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Office Location for John L. O'Shea

250 East Fifth Street
Suite 2350
Cincinnati, OH 45202-5136

Phone: 513-300-4012

Fax: 513-241-4495

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Last Updated: 12/18/2019

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