David H. Thomas

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Columbus, OH

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
 | 65 East State Street, Suite 1000
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-334-6199
Fax: 614-221-2007
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2014
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (50%)
Attorney Profile

A partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, David H. Thomas handles litigation, corporate compliance and white collar criminal defense issues on behalf of people in Ohio. He is renowned for his work both in and out of the courtroom. Having practiced for nearly two decades, he embodies what it means to be proactive when representing clients.

In 1996, Mr. Thomas received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Wittenberg University. He then earned a Juris Doctor in 1999 from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Thomas has been widely recognized for his commitment to clients. He has earned the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell; he holds an Avvo “Excellent” rating; and he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

These accolades are a testament to the way Mr. Thomas is able to collaborate with the health care providers, public officials, individuals, professionals and companies he represents. He dissects every issue, no matter if his client is facing a criminal charge or is the subject of a state or federal investigation. With extensive experience defending people who have mental health issues or substance abuse struggles, he blends compassion for the client with an aggressive stance on protecting their rights.

The National Board of Trial Advocacy has certified Mr. Thomas in criminal trial law. He has conducted more than 60 jury trials in state and federal courts, appeared in appellate courts around the state and argued before the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Mr. Thomas is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Columbus Bar Association and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.


Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

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

Criminal Defense (50%): Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, False Accusations, Tax Evasion, Theft

Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, False Accusations, Tax Evasion, Theft


Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2011 - 2014

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About David Thomas

Admitted: 1999, Ohio

Professional Webpage: https://www.taftlaw.com/people/david-h-thomas


  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star, Honoree, 2011-2014
  • Best Lawyers in America® - Lawyer of the Year, Honoree 2015, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Criminal Defense: White Collar; General Practice, 2011-present
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2015-present
  • AV Peer Review Rating, LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2011

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Columbus Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee, 2007-2017
  • Western District of Michigan
  • Southern District of Ohio State
  • Member, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Governors, Columbus Bar Association, 2015-present
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Ohio, 1999
  • Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Columbus Bar Association Homeless Project
  • Boy Scouts of America, Simon Kenton Council Capital City District Committee Chair, 2014-2017

Educational Background:

  • Wittenberg University, BA, magna cum laude, 1996
Office Location for David H. Thomas

65 East State Street
Suite 1000
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614-334-6199

Fax: 614-221-2007

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Last Updated: 12/4/2018

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