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 Since: 1997
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (80%), Criminal Defense (20%)
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

White Papers

  • Guide To Choosing A Lawyer To Fight A DUI/OVI Information - Nobody anticipates being charged with DUI/OVI.  When it happens the best thing to do is learn about DUI/OVI cases and DUI/OVI lawyers.  Not all lawyers are the same, and the lawyer selected can make a difference in the outcome of the case.  This guide gives valuable information about DUI/OVI lawyers, criteria for evaluating lawyers, and questions to ask before hiring a lawyer.

About Shawn Dominy

Admitted: 1997, Ohio

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Summer Session at Harvard University, National College for D.U.I. Defense, 2017
  • Summer Session at Harvard University, National College for D.U.I. Defense, 2012
  • Forensic Gas Chromatography, American Chemical Society, 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 and BAC DataMaster, National Patent Analytical Systems, 2007
  • Intoxilyzer 8000, Zager Forensics, 2011
  • Blood & Urine Testing Using Gas Chromatography, Lyons & Lyons, 2010
  • Winter Session at Atlantis, National College for D.U.I. Defense, 2009
  • Speak Like A Leader, Homoly Communications Institute, 2009
  • Summer Session at Harvard University, National College for D.U.I. Defense, 2007
  • Plea Bargaining In The Wake of Howe, Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly, 2007
  • DWI Detection And Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association Of Chiefs Of Police (IACP), 2005.
  • D.W.I. Means Defend With Integrity, National College for D.U.I. Defense, Annually (2005-present)
  • Law Provides Real Consequences For Counterfeit Controlled Substances, O.S.B.A. Law You Can Use, 2015
  • Sobriety Checkpoints, Continental News Review, 2008
  • Counterfeit Controlled Substances, Akron Legal News, 2009
  • Drug Trafficking Laws, Daily Reporter, 2009
  • Drug Trafficking, Pomeroy Daily Sentinel & Gallipolis Daily Tribune, 2012
  • Discovery In OVI Cases, Mahoning County Bar Association, 2010
  • Sobriety Checkpoints Are Constitutional, O.S.B.A. Law You Can Use, 2015
  • Drug Trafficking Laws Invoke Serious Consequences, O.S.B.A. Law You Can Use, 2015
  • Annie's Law Aims To Reduce Drunk Driving In Ohio, C.B.A. 'Legal Connections', April, 2017
  • Chemical Alcohol Test:  An Offer You Can't Refuse? O.A.C.D.L. 'The Vindicator', 2016
  • Operating A Vehicle Under The Influence Of Marijuana, O.S.B.A. Law You Can Use, 2016
  • Terminating The A.L.S. In O.V.I. Cases:  The Inherent Power Of The Judiciary, O.A.C.D.L. 'The Vindicator', 2018
  • Field Sobriety Tests: What Do They Really Measure? O.A.C.D.L. 'The Vindicator', 2018
  • Smoke On The Water:  Roadside Testing Of THC In Oral Fluid, O.A.C.D.L. 'The Vindicator', 2020
  • Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases, Settlement Strategies For DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases chapter, Aspatore Publishing, 2012
  • I Was Charged With DUI/OVI-Now What?!  What You Need To Know Before Going To Court And Before Hiring A Lawyer For DUI/OVI In Ohio, iUniverse Publishing, 2014.
  • Breath Testing Permits, O.A.C.D.L., 2008
  • Drugged Driving, C.B.A., 2007
  • S.C.R.A.M., Ohio State Bar Association, 2008
  • Breath Testing Permits, O.A.C.D.L., 2008
  • S.C.R.A.M., O.A.C.D.L., 2009
  • Understanding Breath Testing Machines, C.B.A., 2009
  • Detaining Drivers For OVI, O.S.B.A., 2009
  • DUI Trial, Lyons & Lyons Mock Trial Seminar, 2010
  • Discovery In OVI Cases, C.B.A., 2010
  • The NHTSA Manual Isn't Just Valuable At Trial, C.B.A., 2012
  • Motions In OVI Cases, O.A.C.D.L., 2011
  • Strategies In Defending D.U.I. Cases, Lorman, 2011
  • Role Of Defense Attorney In Sex Cases, ONG V.A. Training, 2011
  • Rule 16 In OVI Cases, O.S.B.A., 2011
  • Don't Get Bullied, C.B.A., 20111
  • Trial Skills Workshop Instructor, O.A.C.D.L., 2012
  • Things You May Not Know About The NHTSA Manual, O.S.B.A., 2012
  • OVI In Juvenile Court, C.B.A., 2013
  • Intoxilyzer 8000 Trends And Issues, O.A.C.D.L., 2013
  • Field Sobriety Testing Studies & How To Use Them, O.A.C.D.L., 2013
  • Trial Skills Academy Instructor, O.A.C.D.L., 2013
  • Are Ohio OVI Marijuana Laws Constitutional, C.B.A., 2015
  • The Intoxilyzer 8000 Is Struck Down Again, O.S.B.A., 2013
  • State v Lancaster May Affect Ohio Breath Testing, C.B.A., 2013
  • The Lancaster Case In Marietta, O.A.C.D.L., 2014
  • Trial Skills Academy Instructor, O.A.C.D.L., 2014
  • Presenting A GERD Defense, C.B.A., 2014
  • Trial Skills Academy Instructor, O.A.C.D.L., 2015
  • Hunting For Treasure In ODH Manuals, O.A.C.D.L., 2015
  • Ambien & Automatism, Sunshine Seminar, 2020
  • Are Ohio OVI Marijuana Laws Constitutional, O.S.B.A., 2015
  • ABCs of Addressing Belated Charges, O.A.C.D.L., 2016
  • Trial Skills Academy Instructor, O.A.C.D.L., 2016
  • The Impact Of The Birchfield Decision, C.B.A., 2016
  • The Impact Of The Birchfield Decision, O.S.B.A., 2016
  • Trial Skills Academy Instructor, O.A.C.D.L., 2017
  • Trial Skills Academy Instructor, O.A.C.D.L., 2017
  • Trial Skills Instructor, D.U.I.D.L.A., Charleston, SC, 2017
  • Annie's Law, Mayor's Court Training, O.M.L., 2017
  • O.V.I. Update, C.O.A.C.D.L., 2017
  • The Blackout Defense In OVI Cases, O.A.C.D.L., 2018
  • 50 Ways To Leave Your A.L.S. Lover, O.S.B.A., 2018
  • OVI On The Quick, Sunshine Seminar, 2019

Honors/Awards

  • Central Ohio Better Business Bureau (A+ rating) and the Powell Area Chamber Of Commerce, Powell Area Chamber Of Commerce
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Past 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.  Shawn Dominy is the president of the organization.
  • Delaware County Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association (former chair of the Criminal Law Committee)
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Past President), National College For DUI Defense (State Delegate), DUI Defense Lawyers Association (Founding Member), National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association (Civics Education Advisory Council), Columbus Bar Association (Past Chair of Criminal Law Committee).

Representative Clients

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

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

  • B.A., The Ohio State University (Political Science major & Criminology minor), 1993

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • DWI Detection And Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), 2005
  • 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

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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Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Completed the National College for DUI Defense summer session at Harvard Law School., 2017
  • Completed a course in Forensic Chromatography with the American Chemical Society., 2015
  • Completed the 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
  • Completed the National College for DUI Defense summer session at Harvard Law School., 2012
  • Completed a workshop for the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath testing machine with a forensic DUI consultant., 2011
  • Completed a workshop in blood and urine testing using gas chromatography., 2010
  • Completed the course 'Speak Like A Leader' in Charlotte, NC., 2009
  • Completed a course in the Basic Science Of Evidential Breath Alcohol Testing at National Patent (manufacturer of the Datamaster breath testing machine)., 2007
  • Completed the National College for DUI Defense summer session at Harvard Law School., 2007
  • Completed training in 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
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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: 7/28/2021

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