James Monroe Kersey

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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Cleveland, OH

James Monroe Kersey, Attorney at Law
 | 1360 E. 9th St., IMG Bldg., Suite 600
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-877-8449
Fax: 216-241-5464
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (80%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney James M. Kersey is the founder and principal of the law firm of the same name based in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Kersey’s legal practice has been focused exclusively on criminal defense for more than 46 years. He has tried more than 400 jury trials, including 95 aggravated murder cases and 52 death penalty cases. He has attained more than 82 jury verdict wins, including 14 aggravated murder cases and one death penalty case.

    In 2009, Mr. Kersey represented a client accused of "double murder," and won two acquittals on his client’s behalf. His law firm has handled a significant number of high-profile cases, defending political figures, celebrities and sports personalities.

    In his white collar criminal defense practice, lawyer James Kersey has tried several state and federal RICO cases, and has also represented lawyers and medical doctors accused of various white collar crimes.

    Mr. Kersey is a member of:

    • The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, member and past president
    • Recipient of the John Butler Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Criminal Trial Work
    • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Super Lawyer Listing 2010, 2011,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019

    Mr. Kersey has authored numerous articles on the subject of criminal trial practice, spoken at length on matters involving criminal law, and served as an expert in the area of firearms and ballistics.

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Criminal Defense
    • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    Focus Areas



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    Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2021

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    About James Kersey

    Admitted: 1973, Ohio

    Professional Webpage: http://www.legaldirectories.com/Kersey-James-M-469554-Atty.a...


    • Recipient, John Butler Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Criminal Trial Work
    • Past President of the Cuyahoga Criminal defense Lawyers Ass. Winner of the John P. Butler Lifetime Achievement in Criminal Defense

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Ohio State Bar Association
    • President, Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2002
    • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "Lawyers Handbook for Firearms and Ballistics"

    Educational Background:

    • The Citadel, B.A., 1965
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    1360 E. 9th St., IMG Bldg.
    Suite 600
    Cleveland, OH 44114

    Phone: 216-877-8449

    Fax: 216-241-5464

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    Last Updated: 7/3/2020

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