Ian N. Friedman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C.
 | 1360 East 9th Street, Suite 650
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-928-7700
Fax: 216-820-4659
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%)
Attorney Profile

Ian Friedman has earned a fierce reputation for successfully defending individuals and organizations in complex criminal and white collar matters. Based in Cleveland, he has served as counsel across Ohio, the United States and internationally. He is a frequent lecturer, author, commentator, and expert witness called upon to address important legal issues. In addition to his practice, Mr. Friedman is an adjunct professor at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he teaches Computers & Criminal Law.

Having tried in excess of 250 jury cases to verdict, Mr. Friedman was inducted into the prestigious American Board of Criminal Lawyers in 2010. He was named the first ever “Lawyer of the Year” in 2010 by the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. That same year, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association bestowed upon him the William K. Thomas Professionalism Award for his ethical contributions and professional conduct in the legal profession. The Cleveland State University Alumni Association honored Mr. Friedman as the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus, Legal.

Mr. Friedman is regarded as the driving force and chief architect behind the transformation of the Ohio criminal justice system in what became commonly known as “Open Discovery” reform. As a result of his effort, accused persons in Ohio must now be provided all evidence intended to be introduced by the government against them at trial. Mr. Friedman has been routinely named in the “Best Lawyers in America”, Ohio Super Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, and Inside Business Magazine as a leading criminal defense lawyer. 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 10 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2009

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About Ian Friedman

Admitted: 1997, Ohio

Professional Webpage: http://www.iannfriedman.com/Attorney-Profiles/Ian-N-Friedman...

Honors/Awards:

  • ..., Top 50 Cleveland Lawyers, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2018
  • ., 24th Edition, Criminal Defense, The Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • ., The Best Firms in America, Tier I Ranking, Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • ..., Super Lawyer, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Best Criminal Defense, The Best Lawyers in America, 21st Edition, 2017
  • ..., Top 100 Ohio Lawyers, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • Top 100 Ohio Lawyers, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2010
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The American Trial Lawyers Association, 2008
  • President's Award, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2007 - 2008
  • President's Award, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2005 - 2006
  • Certificate of Recognition, Open Discovery Effort, The Supreme Court of Ohio, 2010
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Cleveland State University Alumni Association, 2011
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2011
  • Best Lawyers in America - Criminal Defense, The Best Lawyers in America, 21st Edition, 2015
  • The Best Firms in America, Tier I Ranking, Best Lawyers, 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Northeast Ohio's Leading Lawyers, Inside Business Magazine, 2009
  • President's Award, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2009
  • Top 20 Professionals, Cleveland Jewish News, 2008
  • Outstanding Service, American Civil Liberties Union, 2001
  • Champion of Justice Award, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2010
  • Resolution of Congratulations for Service, Leadership & Career Achievements, City of Cleveland, 2011
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2012
  • Alumni of the Year Honoree, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association, Annual Recognition Luncheon, 2017
  • Best Criminal Defense, The Best Lawyers in America, 21st Edition, 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • William K. Thomas Distinguished Jurist Award, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2010
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The American Trial Lawyers Association, 2009
  • Northeast Ohio's Leading Lawyers, Inside Business Magazine, 2008
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The American Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
  • Significant Sig, Sigma Chi Fraternity, 2014
  • Northeast Ohio's Leading Lawyers, Inside Business Magazine, 2010
  • Lawyer of the Year, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2011
  • President's Service Award, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association, 2013

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1999
  • Admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1999
  • Licensed in the State of North Carolina
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, 2008
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2004
  • Licensed in the State of Ohio, 1997

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Criminal Justice Advisory Board, 2007 - 2010
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Mentor Program, 2006-2009
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Board of Trustees, Continuing Legal Education, 2009 - 2012
  • Cuyahoga County Bar Association, Judicial Candidate Rating Coalition, 2007
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Criminal Justice Advisory Board, 2007-2010
  • W.A.G.S. 4 KIDS, Board of Directors, 2015 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Certified Grievance Committee, 2007-2008
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Task Force on Civility and Professionalism, New Lawyer Boot Camp Program, Chairperson, 2013
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Membership Chairman, 2005-2007
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Community Trust Task Force, Chairperson, 2016
  • Ursuline College, Curriculum Advisory Board, 2005-2007
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Executive Board, 2011-2014
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President, 2008-2009
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers - President, 2018
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Alumni Association, Membership Committee, 2006-2008
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member, 1997-Present
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers, Fellow, 2010
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, 2009-Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Champion Magazine Advisory Board, 2008-Present
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers, Incoming President, President, 2018
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Executive Committee Liaison to Criminal Justice Subcommittee, 2011
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2007-Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Nominating Committee, 2015
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member, 2002-Present
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Alumni Association, President, 2012-2013
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Alumni Association, Membership Committee, 2006-2008
  • Jewish Federation, Young Leadership Division, Committee Chairperson, 2006-2008
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Ohio House Bill 59, Opposition Committee Co-Chairperson, 2013
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President Elect, 2007-2008
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, New Lawyer Boot Camp Chairperson, 2013-Present
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Alumni Association, Past President, 2014
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Jury Instructions Committee, 2007-2009
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2010
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2009-Present
  • American Bar Association, Defense Function Committee, 2009-2013
  • Ohio State Bar Association Foundation, Fellow, 2010
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2008-Present
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Board of Trustees, Continuing Legal Education, 2009-2012
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Mentor Program, 2006 - 2009
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Trial Committee, 2005-2006
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Alumni Association, Board of Trustees, 2006-2012
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, N.E. Ohio Ethics Strike Force Chairperson, 2015-Present
  • Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member, 2008-2011
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Board of Trustees, 2011-2013
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors, 2006-2007
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Strategic Planning Committee, 2015-Present
  • Family Transitional Housing, Board of Directors, 2001-2004
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Jury Instructions, Subcommittee on Sex Offenses, 2007-2009
  • The National Trial Lawyers, 2010
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member, 2004-Present
  • American Bar Association, Cyber Crime Committee, 2009-Present
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers Board of Governors, 2013-2016

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • ., Speaker, New Lawyer Pitfalls Q&A, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 4th Annual New Lawyer’s Bootcamp, 2018
  • Presenter, Tips & Techniques in Jury Selection, Lake County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2014
  • ., Speaker, Were Are We Going? The Future of Blockchain and IoT, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Hot Topics, 2018
  • ., Speaker, Legal Landscape Surrounding Pittsburgh Synagogue Mass Shooting, Ohio Anti-Defamation League, Board Meeting, 2018
  • Presenter, Trials & Appeals, Discovery & Obtaining Information from the Prosecution, Ohio State Bar Association, 2009
  • Presenter, Criminal Law Update: Criminal Rule 16 History, Analysis, Retrospective and Predictions for the Future, Ohio State Bar Association, 2011
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Understanding New Ohio Criminal Rule 16 and Live Voir Dire Demonstration, Columbus, Ohio, June 2010
  • Presenter, My Case Stinks or Does it?, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2014
  • Presenter, Legal Implications, Ohio Concealed Carry Weapons Course, 2009
  • Demonstrator, Trial Tactics: Voir Dire, Cleveland-Marshall College Of Law, 2011
  • Panelist, Hiring Experts, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2015
  • Presenter, Toppling the Big Cases: The Lawyer v. Goliath, Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, 2015
  • Presenter, Advocacy Skills in the United States Criminal Justice System, Universita Degli Studi Di Roma Tor Vergata, 2014
  • Presenter, Defense of Cybercrimes, Ninth Judicial Circuit Public Defenders, 2007
  • Presenter, Evidence Disclosure & Retention, Ohio Attorney General's Office, 2011
  • Presenter, Ethical and Effective Business Development: The Value of a Good Story, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2015
  • Presenter, Hiring Experts & Witness Investigation, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2014
  • Presenter, Current Trial Strategy & Tactics in Criminal Defense, Cleveland-Marshall College Of Law, 2007
  • Presenter, Putting Your Client's Shoes on the Juror's Foot, Louisiana Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2011
  • Presenter, Defending High Profile and Complex Federal Criminal Cases, Ohio State Bar Association, 2015
  • Presenter, How to be the Most Effective Lawyer, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2013
  • Presenter, Criminal Defense Practice & Current Legal Issues, Cleveland-Marshall College Of Law, 2007
  • Presenter, Getting the Evidence to Overcome Prejudice in Sex Cases, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2011
  • Speaker, Clearing Digital Pitfalls: Ethics in the New World of Social Media, National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws, Tenth Annual Conference, 2018
  • Panelist, Defense of George Zimmerman Verdict & the State of the Criminal Justice System, Northeast Ohio Black Law Students Association, 2013
  • Presenter, Procedure & Practice Clinic for Criminal Law, Cuyahoga County Bar Association, 2007
  • Presenter, Understanding and Enforcing New Rule 16 in the Criminal Case, Akron Bar Association, 2011
  • Author, Marsy’s Law: Sounded Good But a Step Back for Ohio’s Criminal Justice System, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: The Vindicator, 2018
  • Panelist, 50th Anniversary of Terry Stop, Case Western Reserve School Of Law, 2013
  • Presenter, Defending Allegations of Internet & Computer Crimes: Who Put that Porn in My Cookies?, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2007
  • Presenter, Evening the Playing Field of Discovery Exchange with the Criminal Rule, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers & Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Associati, 2011
  • Presenter, Fundamentals of Criminal Defense Law, Cleveland-Marshall College Of Law, 2011
  • Co-Author, #Trending: Traditional Crimes Meet Nontraditional Evidence, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: The Champion, 2018
  • Presenter, Simplifying the Discovery Rules in Ohio, Cleveland-Marshall College Of Law, 2013
  • Presenter, Defending Virtual Crimes: Winning Strategies for Internet Sex & Child Pornography Cases, Office Of The Defender General, 2007
  • Presenter, Ohio Discovery & Brady Practice, Ohio Public Defender, 2011
  • Presenter, Crafting the High-Tech Criminal Defense Case, Annual Sponsored Seminar, Daiker & Lear, Zukerman, 2015
  • Presenter, Getting Digital Evidence Shouldn't be Like Pulling Teeth, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2013
  • Presenter, Defending Cybercrimes & Pornography Cases, New Hampshire Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2007
  • Co-Presenter, The Future of Computer Prosecutions and Today's Defenses, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2010
  • Presenter, International Corporate Cybercrime: Due Diligence & Transparency, Global Business Law Review Symposium, 2016
  • Presenter, There's Nothing Civil About Crime, When to Consult Criminal Defense Counsel, Ohio Association For Justice, 2012
  • Presenter, Defense by Ambush: Thinking Outside the Box to Obtain Discovery in State Criminal Prosecutions, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2007
  • Presenter, Professionalism in the Law Practice, Cleveland-Marshall College Of Law, 2010
  • Panelist, Criminal Justice Reform & Policy, Civil Rights Committee, Ohio Anti-Defamation League, 2016
  • Presenter, Prying Eyes Want to Know, Can Employers Legally View Your Facebook Page?, ACLU Brown Bag Lunch Series, 2012
  • Co-author, A Guide for Developing a Corporate Response to a Grand Jury Subpoena Duces Tecum, Bar Journal Feature, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2014
  • Presenter, Fair Discovery - Making the New Rule 16 Work, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2010
  • Presenter, Legal Defense Experience, Northeast Ohio Sisters-in-Crime, 2016
  • Presenter, We the Jury Find the Defendant to be the Victim: the Path to Acquittal in the Sex Case, Alabama Defense Attorney Conference, 2012
  • Co-author, Does the Right to Remain Silent Begin with Talking Away? Pre-Arrest Silence Post Salinas v. Texas, Bar Journal Feature, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2013
  • Presenter, Effective Criminal Defense Strategy After New Ohio Criminal Rule 16, Office Of The Ohio Public Defender, 2010
  • Presenter, OVI: Practical Guide & Updates CLE, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association, 2016
  • Presenter, Using Technology as a Sledgehammer, Maine Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2012
  • Co-author, The Spirit of Ohio Criminal Rule 16, Has Cuyahoga County Embraced It? , Bar Journal Feature, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2012
  • Presenter, Finding and Presenting Evidence in the Age of Technology, Cleveland-Marshall College Of Law, 2010
  • Presenter, Creative Sentencing, 5th Annual Trial Advocacy Seminar, Lake County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Presenter, Battle of the Experts, Effective Use of Experts, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2012
  • Contributing Author, Inside the Minds: Litigation Strategies for Internet Pornography Cases: The Second Prong, Aspatore Books, 2012
  • Author, Ten Commonly Asked Questions about Ohio Rule 16, The Vindicator, 2011
  • Presenter, Privacy & Technology; Legal & Compliance Issues, Cuyahoga Community College 2010 Information Security Summit, 2010
  • Presenter, Ohio Carrying Concealed Weapon Legal Complian, Point Blank Range & Gun Shop, 2016
  • Presenter, Implications of Emily's Law for Pharmacists: How to Avoid the Criminal Pitfalls, Northern Ohio Academy Of Pharmacy, 2012
  • Author, Open Discovery Comes to Ohio's Justice System, Ohio Lawyer, Ohio State Bar Association, 2010
  • Presenter, Fair Discovery: The New Rule 16 - Now that it is Here, How Should it Work?, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2010
  • Presenter, Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victim Cases, Keeping Your Cool: Tackling Challenging Issues in Sex Abuse Cases, 7th Annual Seminar, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016
  • Panelist, Criminal Evidence Reform , The Federalist Society For Law & Public Policy Studies, 2009
  • Co-author, What You Should Know about Ohio's DNA Testing, Law You Can Use, 2010
  • Presenter, Criminal Discovery Post Local Rule 23.1 and Ohio Criminal Rule 16, Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, 2010
  • Presenter, New Lawyer Pitfalls Q&A, 3rd Annual New Lawyer’s Bootcamp, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2016
  • Panelist, Professionalism in Practice, Ohio Prosecuting Attorney's Association, 2014
  • Author, The State of Criminal Justice, Defense Function & Services, Current Landscape of Technology Crimes, American Bar Association, 2010
  • Presenter, New Ohio Criminal Rule 16: How it Works, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2010
  • Co-Author, ‘Your Honor, We Next Call to the Stand in Taiwan … ’: Videoconferencing & the Confrontation Clause, Attorney at Law Magazine, 2016
  • Presenter, Defending the Child Pornography Case, Montana Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2008
  • Co-author, An Introduction to Sexual Addiction and its Conveyance to Sentencing Courts, The Vindicator, 2010
  • Presenter, Navigating Through the New Rule of Criminal Discovery, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2010
  • Panelist, Professional Dos and Don’ts for Prosecutors (Professional Conduct), 2017 Annual Meeting, Ohio Prosecuting Attorney’s Association, 2017
  • Presenter, Defending High Technology Crimes, Cincinnati Defense Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Presenter, Criminal Law from a Criminal Lawyer's Perspective, Cleveland-Marshall College Of Law, 2012
  • Co-author, Sexual Offenders: How to Create a More Deliberative Sentencing Process, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Champion, 2009
  • Presenter, Understanding New Criminal Rule 16, Ohio State Bar Association, 2010
  • Presenter, Defending Sex & Computer Crime Cases: The Future of Technology Cases, Skill Set Seminar for Criminal Law Practitioners, Cuyahoga County Defensse Lawyers Association
  • Panelist, Strategies for Operating a Successful Law Practice, Cleveland-Marshall College Of Law, Small & Solo Committee, 2011
  • Author, Fair Trial or Fast Trial?, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal, No. 14, Vol. I, 2009
  • Presenter, An Introduction to Criminal Practice after Criminal Rule 16, Akron Bar Association, 2010
  • Presenter, The Art of Trial: Pushing Back Against The Challenges From the Bench, 40th Annual Meeting Spring Program, North Carolina Association Of Defense Attorneys, 2017
  • Presenter, Defending Sex & Computer Crime Cases: The Future of Technology Cases, Skill Set Seminar for Criminal Law Practitioners, Cuyahoga County Defense Lawyers Association, 2017
  • Presenter, Investigations Over Peer to Peer Networks & the Fourth Amendment, Alabama Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2011
  • Co-author, Child Pornography Sentencing: The Road Here and the Road Ahead, Federal Sentencing Reporter, No. 2, Vol. XXI, 2008
  • Presenter, Practicing Criminal Law in Ohio with Open Discovery, Cleveland-Marshall College Of Law, 2010
  • Co-Author, The Uncertainty of Ohio Law: The New Legal Frontier of Medical Marijuana, Vindicator, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2017
  • Presenter, Ethical and Constitutional Duties to Disclose Evidence in Criminal Cases, William K. Thomas Inn Of Court, 2011
  • Author, How the Adam Walsh Act Restricts Access to Evidence, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Champion, 2007
  • Presenter, Deconstructing "He Said-She Said" Cases with Technology, Louisiana Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2010
  • Presenter, Combatting Challenging Issues in Sex Abuse Investigations & Prosecutions, Tool Box Seminar, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2017
  • Presenter, Uniform Judicial Application of Open Discovery in Ohio, Ohio Judicial Conference Annual Meeting, 2011
  • Presenter, Dirty Pictures & Beyond: Evidentiary Issues of Electronic Evidence, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2006
  • Presenter, Pathways to Practice, Cleveland-Marshall College Of Law, 2010
  • Co-Chairperson with Honorable Deana R. Calabrese, Voir Dire Practicum, , Cleveland Marshall College Of Law, 2017
  • Presenter, Technology Changing the Landscape of the Criminal Justice System, Utah Association Of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2011
  • Presenter, Pretrial Motion Practice and Trial Preparation, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2006
  • Presenter, Effectively Defending the Child Pornography Case, Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2010
  • Presenter, Ethical Development and Hurdles Facing The Criminal Law Profession, Annual Ethics & Substance Abuse Seminar, Daiker & Lear, Zukerman, 2017
  • Contributing Author, Inside the Minds: Strategies for Defending Internet Pornography Cases: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Electronic Documents, Utilizing Expert Witnesses, and Explaining Technological Evidence, Aspatore Books, 2008
  • Presenter, Criminal Defense Practice, Cleveland-Marshall College Of Law, 2006
  • Presenter, Creativity & Storytelling During Voir Dire, Cleveland-Marshall College Of Law, 2010
  • Chairperson & Speaker, Overcoming The Prejudice of The Most Heinous Allegations, Advanced Sex Crime Defense Seminar, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2018
  • Author, Getting Tough on Sex Offenders: The Adam Walsh Act & Ohio SB 10, Law & Fact, 2007
  • Presenter, Current Issues and Trends in Child Pornography Defense Part II Mitigation Component Included, Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2006
  • Presenter, Nouveau Defenses to New Offenses in a Declining Economy, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2009
  • Presenter, Professionalism in Criminal Litigation, Cleveland-Marshall College Of Law, 2009
  • Author, Why Defend Computer Sex Crimes?, Law & Fact, 2007
  • Presenter, Current Statistics, Trends, & Strategies in Child Pornography Prosecutions, Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2006
  • Presenter, Proposed Criminal Evidence Reform, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2009
  • Presenter, The Role of Electronic Evidence in Criminal Defense, Cleveland-Marshall College Of Law, 2006
  • Author, Basics of a Criminal Defense Practice, Yo! Cleveland, 2006
  • Presenter, Uncovering Evidence in the Age of Technology, an Interactive Experience, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2009
  • Author, Defending Virtual Crimes; Poor Audience for the Defense, American Bar Association, 2006
  • Author, Pretrial Preparation in Computer Pornography Cases: Combating the Watering Down of Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition in State Prosecutions, The Vindicator, 2005
  • Presenter, Death Penalty Report, Issues with E-Discovery in Criminal Cases, Akron Bar Association & The University Of Akron School Of Law, 2009
  • Presenter, Criminal Law & The Media, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association & The Press Club Of Cleveland, 2011
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Utilization of Technology & the Internet to Prepare the Defense Case, Cleveland, Ohio, February 2014
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law & Bryant & Stratton College – Law Enforcement Division, Terry v. Ohio – Fifty Years of Pat Downs and Suppression Hearings, Cleveland, Ohio, October 2013
  • Presenter, Privacy & Security Concerns with Location Aware Technologies & Applications, Case Western Reserve University, 2009
  • Presenter, Lessons & Thoughts to Share from My Career, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2011
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Trial Tactics Seminar, Voir Dire Demonstration, Cleveland, Ohio, May 2011
  • Key Note Speaker, Trial Theory & Theme, Criminal Defense Attorneys Of Michigan, 2014

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • The Defendant was stopped for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence. If convicted, this would have been her third DUI within the statutory six (6) year period. After Field Sobriety Tests were conducted, the Defendant was placed under arrest for DUI. A Breathalyzer test revealed that the Defendant was almost five (5) times the legal limit. The defense filed a Motion To Suppress alleging that there was no reasonable suspicion justifying the initial stop. After all evidence was presented at the suppression hearing, the Court granted the Motion and all evidence obtained as a result of the stop was excluded from trial. The State dismissed the case., 2005
  • A thirty year old man was found guilty of raping a minor which carried a mandatory life sentence in prison. After being hired for appellate purposes, a Motion for New Trial was filed based upon newly discovered evidence being uncovered. The trial court granted a new trial based upon the newly presented evidence. A re-trial commenced before a jury which found the defendant Not Guilty of the indicted sex offenses. The young man had spent almost one year in prison before being freed., 2009
  • Veteran Cleveland firefighter was indicted for Murder after allegedly striking an 81 year old grandfather causing him to sustain injuries after falling to the ground.  This highly publicized trial centered around the testimony of various medical experts as the state claimed that the injuries sustained during the fall caused the man's death almost eighteen months later.  The matter proceeded to jury trial and resulted in a Not Guilty verdict., 2004
  • A successful and well known contractor was one of several defendants indicted by the state grand jury for violations including Engaging in Pattern of Corrupt Activity (RICO) after being accused of paying kick-back monies to various state employment providers.  In exchange for the purported illegal contributions, the contractor was alleged to have been the recipient of numerous no-bid contracts.  Placement of the defendant on Electronic Monitored House Arrest prior to sentencing and the utilization of a pre-plea pre-sentence investigation helped to secure the trial court's imposition of house arrest only., 2010
  • Stockbroker was indicted in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division. The indictment alleged that the Defendant engaged in a conspiracy to engage in fraudulent investment trading programs, also known as high-yield investment fraud. It was alleged that the Defendant yielded approximately Seventy-five million dollars as a result of the enterprise. The case resolved after a plea arrangement was orchestrated resulting in probation only., 2007
  •   Client was charged by the United States Attorney's office for selling ammunition to an unauthorized person.  Client worked at a federally licensed gun store and sold ammunition to an undercover informant working for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.  Despite the potential extended period of incarceration, pre-trial negotiations allowed for trial court discretion in sentencing.  Upon defense motion and argument, the trial court departed and varied from the United States Sentencing Guidelines to impose a sentence of 12 months of regular probation.  All fines were waived. , 2011
  • After a “sting operation” in a known high sex crime area, twenty nine of thirty men plead guilty to importuning as undercover police officers were allegedly solicited for sex. The client opted to exercise his right to trial. The Defendant was found Not Guilty., 2000
  • Doctor charged with numerous sexual offenses including two counts of rape, kidnapping, and gross sexual imposition. The alleged victim was his daughter. After an extensive six month investigation, the Defense motioned the appellate court to hold an evidentiary hearing pursuant to a Writ of Habeas Corpus. Based upon the evidence which was to be presented at the hearing, the State dismissed all counts. Further, a Proclamation of Innocence was obtained on behalf of the client which was signed by the Prosecutors’ office., 2004
  • Forty seven year old government employee was indicted for Possession of Heroin and Trafficking in Heroin after a police task force consisting of two local police departments and one federal agency sifted through her trash and executed a warrant for the search of her residence. It was alleged that ten (10) packets of heroin were located in the trash. This case received media attention as it revealed questionable tactics by law enforcement officers after testimony provided that detectives posing as garbage men, randomly seized trash from homes to look for evidence of wrongdoing. After the State rested, the trial court granted the defense motion for acquittal. The defendant was found not guilty on all counts and released., 2005
  • Grandmother indicted for Destruction of Government Documents after allegedly shredding sensitive company material pertaining to the Nuclear Regulatory Agency.  The matter proceeded to jury trial and resulted in a finding of Not Guilty., 1999
  • Medical professional was indicted in federal district court for wire and mail fraud violations after infiltrating a co-worker's email account.  The security breach caused significant information leakage from a major hospital.  After full exchange and analysis of evidence a plea resolution was reached that resulted in the trial court's imposition of probation., 2010
  • The Defendant was charged with two counts of rape of his wife’s friend. The State presented forensic evidence to support the fact that the Defendant forced sex upon the victim. The jury acquitted the Defendant on all charges., 2005
  • Ohio lawyer charged with Obstruction of Justice after reportedly hindering a police investigation and subsequent arrest.  Extensive pre-trial preparation resulted in the client's admission to a program that would hold any conviction in abeyance and be dismissed by the trial court after a certain review period.  No conviction appears on the client's record., 2011
  • The Defendant was charged with several felony counts including Possession and Trafficking of Cocaine. The evidence included monitored telephone calls, police surveillance, and seizure of the narcotics found in the Defendant’s vehicle. The matter proceeded to jury trial. At the conclusion of the State’s case, counsel moved for acquittal alleging that the State had not met the minimal burden necessary. The Court granted the motion and ordered the Defendant released and discharged., 2006
  • Internationally known actor was the subject of a criminal investigation for an assault in a popular nightclub district. The alleged victim also brought a civil suit based upon the assault. After the law firm did an extensive investigation and met with members of the prosecuting attorney's office, no charges were filed. With regard to the civil case, a counterclaim was brought against the accuser. After extensive civil litigation including depositions and the exchange of discovery, the accuser dismissed the claim with prejudice. In the end, the client faced no criminal and/or civil liability., 2012
  • Defendant was charged with vehicular homicide after striking another vehicle. It was reported that the Defendant was traveling at a high rate of speed. The jury found the Defendant guilty of Unsafe Vehicle, a Minor Misdemeanor carrying a potential One Hundred Dollar Fine and acquitted him of the Homicide charge., 1999
  • The Defendant was charged with two counts of Aggravated Robbery and two counts of Felonious Assault for allegedly robbing two banks at gunpoint. All counts included one and three year gun specifications. Both robberies were consolidated and the trial lasted approximately two weeks. The jury was confronted with eyewitness testimony from the teller who positively identified the Defendant in open court as the individual that had committed the crimes. Through cross-examination and usage of a demonstration showing the unreliability of eyewitness identification, the jury acquitted the Defendant of one count of aggravated robbery, two counts of felonious assault, and all gun specifications. The jury hung on the remaining count of aggravated robbery. Prior to the re-trial of the remaining count, the State dismissed the case., 2003
  • A college student was indicted for Rape and Kidnapping after being accused by a female student.  The allegation was that the defendant forcefully violated the accuser after she had consumed excessive alcohol.  It was the accuser's contention that the excessive consumption of alcohol prevented her from resisting the physical and sexual assault.  An extensive investigation was conducted by the defense prior to trial.  At trial, the accuser was aggressively cross-examined which caused her claim to become highly suspect.  Although the case had proceeded to a jury trial, the court granted the defense's motion to dismiss the entire case at the conclusion of all evidence. , 2009
  • Husband and wife Defendants were indicted for several felony counts including Aggravated Arson for allegedly hiring individuals to burn their home for financial gain. The matter proceeded to jury trial in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas. Evidence included the testimony of three co-defendants implicating the Defendants as well as evidence from investigating insurance companies. Both Defendants were represented by lawyers from the law firm. The wife was acquitted by the Court at the conclusion of the State’s case by the Court. The husband was found Not Guilty on all counts by the jury., 2008
  • Fifty-eight (58) year old business owner was charged with One hundred and two (102) sexual assault counts including Rape, Gross Sexual Imposition, and Kidnapping. Nine (9) former employees made the allegations that the offenses happened while they were employed by the Defendant. Our law firm moved to sever (separate) the accuser’s claims which was granted. Nine (9) separate trials were ordered. Four (4) acquittals were secured in the first four (4) trials. Three (3) trials were before a jury and one (1) was before the Court. Prior to the commencement of the fifth trial, the State dismissed all remaining counts. The client did not have any convictions in the end., 2010
  • Real estate developer had been accused by the Securities Exchange Commission, Ohio Attorney General, and law enforcement of operating a twenty (20) year Ponzi scheme in which approximately one thousand (1000) investors were defrauded of approximately ninety million dollars ($90,000,000.00). While the case spanned almost four (4) years, extensive civil litigation allowed for the crafting of a favorable plea agreement in the criminal matter. The client, who was the central figure in the prosecution, received a minimum sentence of three (3) years., 2009
  • University student was charged with two felonies for Unauthorized Use of Credit and Theft after alleged improper use of a stolen credit account.  Although faced with the prospect of a potential prison sentence, the trial court granted the defense motion to allow the student to undergo mental health counseling in lieu of conviction.  As such, the client was never convicted of any offense. , 2011
  • The Defendant was charged with Assault as a result of an altercation outside a popular nightclub. Despite witness testimony that the Defendant was the primary participant in the altercation, the jury found the Defendant Not Guilty of all charges. The co-defendant who was tried at the same time, was convicted., 2000

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Testimony before the 128th Ohio General Assembly, Congressional Committee on Public Safety & Homeland Security, House Bill 473, Proponent, Commonly Known as "Sexting"
  • News Certified Exchange, National Cyber Crime Writer, 2011-Present
  • PRO HAC VICE ADMISSIONS:   1) United States District Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit 2) United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama, Southern Division 3) United States District Court, Northern District of Arizona 4) United States District Court, District of Columbia 5) United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division 6) United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division 7) United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois 8) United States District Court, District of Massachusetts 9) United States District Court, District of Montana, Helena Division 10) United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina, Statesville Division 11) United States District Court, District of North Dakota, Northeastern Division 12) United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division 13) Numerous State Courts
  • Testimony before the 130th Ohio General Assembly, Ways and Means Committee, House Bill 59, Opponent, commonly known as "Legal Service Tax"
  • COURT ADMISSIONS:   1) United States Supreme Court 2) United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio 3) United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio 4) United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit 5) State of Ohio 6) State of North Carolina
  • Criminal Justice Expert Witness; Legal Malpractice and Ethics, State and Federal Cases
  • Legal Investigation and Sonsultation, Europe, Asia and S. America
  • MEDIA APPEARANCES     ABC News, American Law Radio Show, Associated Press, Ashleigh Banfield, HLN Primetime, Attorney at Law Magazine, BBC, Canton Repository, CBS: 48 Hours, Cleveland.com, Cleveland Jewish News, Cleveland Scene Magazine, CNN, Dayton Daily News, Chicago Tribune, E-Commerce News, Free Times, Cleveland, FOX News, Good Morning America, GP-SOLO, Hannity & Colmes, Huffington Post, Inside Business Magazine, Japan Fuji Television, LA Times, Law.com, Law & Fact, Mansfield News Journal, National Law Journal, News Certified Exchange, New York Times, NPR-The Sound of Ideas, Ohio News Now, Piers Morgan Show, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Stow Sentry, Tech News World, The Bill O’Reilly Show, The Courier, The Hudson Hub, The Mike Trivisanno Show, The Montel  Williams Show, The News-Herald, The Plain Dealer, The Vindicator, USA Today, Vice News, WCPN, WKNR, WMJI, WMVX, WKYC, WEWS, WOIO, WIJAB and WJW

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Educational Background:

  • Ohio University, B.A. Legal Communications, Graduated with Honors, 1994
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1997
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