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Shawn Dominy

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Columbus, OH

Dominy Law Firm, LLC
7716 Rivers Edge Dr, Ste B
Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-697-2629
Fax: 614-717-1188
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022
Licensed in Ohio Since: 1997
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense
Attorney Profile

Shawn R. Dominy is a criminal defense and DUI/OVI attorney in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Dominy is the founding attorney of Dominy Law Firm, LLC, and serves clients in Columbus and throughout central Ohio. He has over 20 years of experience and is a respected attorney within his community.

Providing dedicated and thorough representation, Mr. Dominy fights to protect the rights of his clients. He knows the challenges involved for his clients and is determined to obtain the best possible outcome for each situation. Over the course of his career, he has successfully litigated in state, federal and appellate courts.

The recipient of several awards and recognition, Mr. Dominy holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest available rating from the organization, and is given to lawyers who exhibit high legal capability and ethical standards. Additionally, he has been listed in the publication The Best Lawyers in America, featured in Best Lawyers for criminal and DUI/OWI defense, and recognized as a “Top Lawyer” by Columbus CEO magazine. 

Mr. Dominy lectures to other attorneys on DUI/OWI law at conferences and seminars. He is a member and past president of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Ohio’s delegate to the National College for DUI Defense. He belongs to several other professional organizations.

After graduating from the Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree, Mr. Dominy earned his law degree from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. While attending law school, he developed his practical legal experience by working for a criminal defense attorney. Once he had become a lawyer himself, he formed a partnership with the attorney. In 1999, he founded Dominy Law Firm, LLC. 

*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 Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 20%Criminal Defense
Focus Areas

DUI/DWI, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Traffic Violations

Selections

8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022

About Shawn Dominy

First Admitted: 1997, Ohio

Professional Webpage: https://www.dominylaw.com/shawn-r-dominy.html

Representative Clients

  • Shawn Dominy represents individuals charged with DUI/OVI, Vehicular Homicide/Vehicular Assault, and criminal offenses in Columbus, Ohio and the central Ohio area.

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Pro bono/Community Service

  • Shawn Dominy represents clients pro bono in criminal cases on an individual basis. He serves regularly at a local community service organization, he participated in a mission trip to Mexico working with severely disabled orphans, and he volunteers regularly at a local church.

Educational Background

  • J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 1997
  • B.A., The Ohio State University (Political Science major & Criminology minor), 1993

Verdicts/Settlements

  • State v. Lancaster:  The court consolidated multiple cases for a hearing regarding the admissibility of evidence from the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath-testing machine.  Following five days of expert witness testimony, the Court held the breath-testing machine was too unreliable for its results to be admissible in court., 2012

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • President-Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (OACDL).  The OACDL is a statewide organization of about 700 Ohio lawyers dedicated to protecting the rights of criminal defendants.  , 2020
  • State Delegate-National College for DUI Defense
  • Founding Member-DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
  • Ohio State Bar Association (Civics Education Advisory Council)
  • Columbus Bar Association (former chair of the Criminal Law Committee)
  • Delaware County Bar Association
  • Central Ohio BBB-A+ Rating
  • Powell Area Chamber of Commerce

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • What You Need to Know Before Going to Court, and Before Hiring a Lawyer, for Vehicular Homicide in Ohio, Author, Ohio Vehicular Homicide Guide, Rivers Edge Publishing, 2021
  • What You Need to Know Before Going to Court and Before Hiring a Lawyer for DUI/OVI in Ohio, Author, Ohio DUI/OVI Guide, Rivers Edge Publishing, 2021
  • What You Need to Know Before Going to Court and Before Hiring a Lawyer for Vehicular Assault in Ohio, Author, Ohio Vehicular Assault Guide, Rivers Edge Publishing, 2021
  • Walters Kluwer, Author, Sleep Driving, Automatism, and Ambien, Drunk Driving Defense, 9th Ed., 2021
  • Mastering Scientific Evidence seminar in New Orleans, Instructor, Roadside THC Testing, National College for DUI Defense, 2021
  • Mastering Scientific Evidence seminar in New Orleans, Instructor, Automatism & Ambien, National College for DUI Defense, 2021
  • Handling Your First Ohio DUI Case, Instructor, The Basics of DUI Science, MyLawCLE, 2021
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Author, Sleep Driving, Automatism, and Ambien, 'The Champion' Magazine, 2021
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Author, Smoke On The Water:  Roadside Testing Of THC In Oral Fluid, 'The Vindicator' Magazine, 2020
  • O.A.C.D.L., Instructor, Ambien & Automatism, Sunshine Seminar, 2020
  • O.A.C.D.L., Instructor, OVI On The Quick, Sunshine Seminar, 2019
  • 50 Ways To Leave Your A.L.S. Lover, O.S.B.A., 2018, Instructor, 50 Ways To Leave Your A.L.S. Lover, Ohio State Bar Association DUI Seminar, 2018
  • Terminating The A.L.S. In O.V.I. Cases:  The Inherent Power Of The Judiciary, O.A.C.D.L. 'The Vindicator', 2018, Author, Terminating The A.L.S. In O.V.I. Cases:  The Inherent Power Of The Judiciary, O.A.C.D.L. 'The Vindicator', 2018
  • The Blackout Defense In OVI Cases, O.A.C.D.L., 2018, Instructor, The Blackout Defense In OVI Cases, O.A.C.D.L. Premier DUI Defense Seminar, 2018
  • Field Sobriety Tests: What Do They Really Measure? O.A.C.D.L. 'The Vindicator', 2018, Author, Field Sobriety Tests: What Do They Really Measure?, O.A.C.D.L. 'The Vindicator', 2018
  • Trial Skills Instructor, D.U.I.D.L.A., Charleston, SC, 2017, Instructor, Trial Skills Workshop (Charleston, SC), D.U.I.D.L.A., 2017
  • Annie's Law, Mayor's Court Training, O.M.L., 2017, Instructor, Annie's Law, O.M.L. Mayor's Court Training, 2017
  • Annie's Law Aims To Reduce Drunk Driving In Ohio, C.B.A. 'Legal Connections', April, 2017, Author, Annie's Law Aims To Reduce Drunk Driving In Ohio, C.B.A. 'Legal Connections', 2017
  • Trial Skills Academy Instructor, O.A.C.D.L., 2017, Instructor, Trial Skills Academy, O.A.C.D.L. Premier DUI Defense Seminar, 2017
  • O.V.I. Update, C.O.A.C.D.L., 2017, Instructor, O.V.I. Update, C.O.A.C.D.L., 2017
  • The Impact Of The Birchfield Decision, C.B.A., 2016, Instructor, The Impact Of The Birchfield Decision, C.B.A. DUI Seminar, 2016
  • Chemical Alcohol Test:  An Offer You Can't Refuse? O.A.C.D.L. 'The Vindicator', 2016, Author, Chemical Alcohol Test:  An Offer You Can't Refuse?, O.A.C.D.L. 'The Vindicator', 2016
  • Trial Skills Academy Instructor, O.A.C.D.L., 2016, Instructor, Trial Skills Academy, O.A.C.D.L. Premier DUI Defense Seminar, 2016
  • Operating A Vehicle Under The Influence Of Marijuana, O.S.B.A. Law You Can Use, 2016, Author, Operating A Vehicle Under The Influence Of Marijuana, O.S.B.A. Law You Can Use, 2016
  • ABCs of Addressing Belated Charges, O.A.C.D.L., 2016, Instructor, ABCs of Addressing Belated Charges, O.A.C.D.L. Premier DUI Defense Seminar, 2016
  • The Impact Of The Birchfield Decision, O.S.B.A., 2016, Instructor, The Impact Of The Birchfield Decision, Ohio State Bar Association DUI Seminar, 2016
  • Trial Skills Academy Instructor, O.A.C.D.L., 2015, Instructor, Trial Skills Academy, O.A.C.D.L. Premier DUI Defense Seminar, 2015
  • Drug Trafficking Laws Invoke Serious Consequences, O.S.B.A. Law You Can Use, 2015, Author, Drug Trafficking Laws Invoke Serious Consequences, O.S.B.A. Law You Can Use, 2015
  • Are Ohio OVI Marijuana Laws Constitutional, O.S.B.A., 2015, Instructor, Are Ohio OVI Marijuana Laws Constitutional, Ohio State Bar Association DUI Seminar, 2015
  • Law Provides Real Consequences For Counterfeit Controlled Substances, O.S.B.A. Law You Can Use, 2015, Author, Law Provides Real Consequences For Counterfeit Controlled Substances, O.S.B.A. Law You Can Use, 2015
  • Hunting For Treasure In ODH Manuals, O.A.C.D.L., 2015, Instructor, Hunting For Treasure In ODH Manuals, O.A.C.D.L. Premier DUI Defense Seminar, 2015
  • Sobriety Checkpoints Are Constitutional, O.S.B.A. Law You Can Use, 2015, Author, Sobriety Checkpoints Are Constitutional, O.S.B.A. Law You Can Use, 2015
  • Are Ohio OVI Marijuana Laws Constitutional, C.B.A., 2015, Instructor, Are Ohio OVI Marijuana Laws Constitutional, C.B.A. DUI Seminar, 2015
  • Trial Skills Academy Instructor, O.A.C.D.L., 2014, Instructor, Trial Skills Academy, O.A.C.D.L. Premier DUI Defense Seminar, 2014
  • Presenting A GERD Defense, C.B.A., 2014, Instructor, Presenting a GERD Defense, C.B.A. DUI Seminar, 2014
  • The Lancaster Case In Marietta, O.A.C.D.L., 2014, Instructor, The Lancaster Case In Marietta, O.A.C.D.L. Premier DUI Defense Seminar, 2014
  • Trial Skills Academy Instructor, O.A.C.D.L., 2013, Instructor, Trial Skills Academy, O.A.C.D.L. Premier DUI Defense Seminar, 2013
  • State v Lancaster May Affect Ohio Breath Testing, C.B.A., 2013, Instructor, State v Lancaster May Affect Ohio Breath Testing, C.B.A. DUI Seminar, 2013
  • Field Sobriety Testing Studies & How To Use Them, O.A.C.D.L., 2013, Instructor, Field Sobriety Testing Studies & How To Use Them, O.A.C.D.L. Premier DUI Defense Seminar, 2013
  • The Intoxilyzer 8000 Is Struck Down Again, O.S.B.A., 2013, Instructor, The Intoxilyzer 8000 Is Struck Down Again, Ohio State Bar Association DUI Seminar, 2013
  • OVI In Juvenile Court, C.B.A., 2013, Instructor, OVI In Juvenile Court, C.B.A. DUI Seminar, 2013
  • Intoxilyzer 8000 Trends And Issues, O.A.C.D.L., 2013, Instructor, Intoxilyzer 8000 Trends And Issues, O.A.C.D.L. Premier DUI Defense Seminar, 2013
  • Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases, Settlement Strategies For DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases chapter, Aspatore Publishing, 2012, Author, Settlement Strategies For DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases chapter, Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases (Aspatore Publishing), 2012
  • The NHTSA Manual Isn't Just Valuable At Trial, C.B.A., 2012, Instructor, The NHTSA Manual Isn't Just Valuable At Trial, C.B.A. DUI Seminar, 2012
  • Trial Skills Workshop Instructor, O.A.C.D.L., 2012, Instructor, Trial Skills Workshop, O.A.C.D.L. Premier DUI Defense Seminar, 2012
  • Things You May Not Know About The NHTSA Manual, O.S.B.A., 2012, Instructor, Things You May Not Know About The NHTSA Manual, Ohio State Bar Association DUI Seminar, 2012
  • Strategies In Defending D.U.I. Cases, Lorman DUI Seminar, 2011, Instructor, Strategies In Defending D.U.I. Cases, Lorman DUI Seminar, 2011
  • Role Of Defense Attorney In Sex Cases, ONG V.A. Training, 2011, Instructor, Role Of Defense Attorney In Sex Cases, ONG V.A. Training, 2011
  • Rule 16 In OVI Cases, O.S.B.A., 2011, Instructor, Rule 16 In OVI Cases, Ohio State Bar Association DUI Seminar, 2011
  • Don't Get Bullied, C.B.A., 20111, Instructor, Don't Get Bullied, C.B.A. DUI Seminar, 2011
  • Motions In OVI Cases, O.A.C.D.L., 2011, Instructor, Motions In OVI Cases, O.A.C.D.L. Premier DUI Defense Seminar, 2011
  • Discovery In OVI Cases, Mahoning County Bar Association, 2010, Instructor, Discovery In OVI Cases, Mahoning County Bar Association, 2010
  • DUI Trial, Lyons & Lyons Mock Trial Seminar, 2010, Instructor, DUI Trial, Lyons & Lyons Mock Trial Seminar, 2010
  • Discovery In OVI Cases, C.B.A., 2010, Instructor, Discovery in OVI Cases, C.B.A. DUI Seminar, 2010
  • Counterfeit Controlled Substances, Akron Legal News, 2009, Author, Counterfeit Controlled Substances, Akron Legal News, 2009
  • Detaining Drivers For OVI, O.S.B.A., 2009, Instructor, Detaining Drivers For OVI, Ohio State Bar Association DUI Seminar, 2009
  • Drug Trafficking Laws, Daily Reporter, 2009, Author, Drug Trafficking Laws, Daily Reporter, 2009
  • S.C.R.A.M., O.A.C.D.L. Premier DUI Defense Seminar, 2009, Instructor, S.C.R.A.M., O.A.C.D.L. Premier DUI Defense Seminar, 2009
  • Understanding Breath Testing Machines, C.B.A., 2009, Instructor, Understanding Breath Testing Machines, C.B.A. DUI Seminar, 2009
  • Breath Testing Permits, O.A.C.D.L. Premier DUI Defense Seminar, 2008, Instructor, Breath Testing Permits, O.A.C.D.L. Premier DUI Defense Seminar, 2008
  • S.C.R.A.M., Ohio State Bar Association DUI Seminar, 2008, Instructor, S.C.R.A.M., Ohio State Bar Association DUI Seminar, 2008
  • Drugged Driving, C.B.A. DUI Seminar, 2007, Instructor, Drugged Driving, C.B.A. DUI Seminar, 2007
  • Columbus Bar Association, Author, Plea Bargaining In The Wake Of the Howe Decision, Columbus Bar Lawyer Quarterly, 2007

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • DWI Detection And SFSTs Instructor, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2021
  • National College for DUI Defense summer session at Harvard Law School., 2017
  • Forensic Chromatography with the American Chemical Society., 2015
  • ARIDE course: Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement. This is a course taken by some police officers to improve at investigating and prosecuting DUI/OVI cases involving drugs. The course is sanctioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), 2014
  • National College for DUI Defense summer session at Harvard Law School., 2012
  • Intoxilyzer 8000 breath testing machine workshop with a forensic DUI consultant., 2011
  • Blood and urine testing workshop using gas chromatography., 2010
  • National College for DUI Defense winter session at Atlantis Resort., 2009
  • 'Speak Like A Leader' course in Charlotte, NC., 2009
  • Basic Science Of Evidential Breath Alcohol Testing course at National Patent (manufacturer of the Datamaster breath testing machine)., 2007
  • National College for DUI Defense summer session at Harvard Law School., 2007
  • DWI Detection and Field Sobriety Testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).  This is the same course police officers complete to become certified in field sobriety testing for Ohio DUI/OVI cases., 2005

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • DWI Detection And SFSTs Instructor, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2021
  • Forensic Gas Chromatography, American Chemical Association, 2015
  • Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), 2014
  • Basic Science Of Evidential Breath Alcohol Testing, National Patent Analytical Systems, 2007
  • DWI Detection And Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), 2005

Honors/Awards

  • Shawn Dominy was selected as a 'Best Lawyers in America' in the areas of DUI Defense and Criminal Defense., Best Lawyers In America, Best Lawyers, 2022
  • U.S. News & World Report-Best Law Firms. The Dominy Law Firm is one of only four law firms in Ohio named by U.S. News & World Report as a "Tier 1 Best Law Firm" for DUI/OVI Defense and also named as a "Best Law Firm" for General Criminal Defense. The U.S. News "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys., Best Law Firms, U.S. News & World Report, 2022
  • Shawn Dominy was selected as a 'Best Lawyers In America' in the areas of DUI Defense and Criminal Defense, Best Lawyers In America, Best Lawyers, 2021
  • Best Lawyers for DUI/OVI defense and criminal defense, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2020
  • Shawn Dominy was named a 'Top Lawyer' by Columbus CEO magazine in the area of DUI/OVI defense., Top Lawyer, Columbus CEO Magazine, 2020
  • Shawn Dominy received the Client's Choice Award based on reviews from clients., Client's Choice Award, Avvo, 2020
  • Shawn Dominy was awarded the highest possible rating, AV-Preeminent, from the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory., AV-Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2020
  • Shawn Dominy was named a 'Top Lawyer' by Columbus CEO magazine in the area of DUI/OVI defense., Top Lawyer, Columbus CEO Magazine, 2019
  • Shawn Dominy received the Client's Choice Award based on reviews from clients., Client's Choice Award, Avvo, 2019
  • Shawn Dominy was selected as one of the Top 50 lawyers in Columbus, Ohio;  a city with over 8,000 attorneys., Top 50 Lawyers In Columbus, Ohio, Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Shawn Dominy was named a 'Top Lawyer' by Columbus CEO magazine in the area of DUI/OVI defense., Top Lawyer, Columbus CEO Magazine, 2018
  • Shawn Dominy received the Client's Choice Award based on reviews from clients., Client's Choice Award, Avvo, 2018
  • Shawn Dominy was named a 'Top Lawyer' by Columbus CEO magazine in the area of DUI/OVI defense., Top Lawyer, Columbus CEO Magazine, 2017
  • Shawn Dominy received the Client's Choice Award based on reviews from clients., Client's Choice Award, Avvo.com, 2017
  • Shawn Dominy was named a 'Top Lawyer' by Columbus CEO magazine in the area of DUI/OVI defense., Top Lawyer, Columbus CEO Magazine, 2016
  • Shawn Dominy received the Client's Choice Award based on reviews from clients., Client's Choice Award, Avvo.com, 2016
  • Shawn Dominy was named a 'Top Lawyer' by Columbus CEO magazine in the area of DUI/OVI defense., Top Lawyer, Columbus CEO Magazine, 2015
  • Shawn Dominy received the Client's Choice Award based on reviews from clients., Client's Choice Award, Avvo.com, 2015
  • Shawn Dominy received the Client's Choice Award based on reviews from clients., Client's Choice Award (DUI), Avvo.com, 2014
  • Shawn Dominy received the Client's Choice Award based on reviews from clients., Client's Choice Award (DUI), Avvo.com, 2013
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Office Location for Shawn Dominy

7716 Rivers Edge Dr
Ste B
Columbus, OH 43235

Phone: 614-697-2629

Fax: 614-717-1188

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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