Shawn R. Dominy

Shawn R. 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: 614-717-1177
Fax: 614-717-1188
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (80%),
  • Criminal Defense (20%)
Attorney Profile

The Dominy Law Firm represents clients charged with DUI (OVI) and criminal offenses in Columbus, Ohio and in courts throughout central Ohio. Shawn Dominy completed specialized training to develop expertise in the area of DUI (OVI) defense.  That training includes courses in field sobriety testing, breath testing, and blood/urine testing (gas chromatography), as well as the Summer Session at Harvard University presented by the National College for DUI Defense.

Attorney Shawn Dominy is a thought leader in the area of DUI (OVI) defense.  Dominy authored the book 'I Was Charged With DUI/OVI, Now What?!' with iUniverse Publishing and authored a chapter in the book 'Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases' by Aspatore Publishing.  He also writes regularly for 'Columbus OVI/DUI Attorney Blog'.  Shawn Dominy is frequently asked to teach other lawyers about Ohio DUI (OVI) defense at continuing education seminars, and he also mentors attorneys who want to learn about Ohio DUI/OVI defense.  

The philosophy of the Dominy Law Firm is to represent a few clients with excellence rather than many clients with mediocrity.  Accordingly, Shawn Dominy accepts a limited number of clients, typically one per week.  Every client who hires Shawn Dominy is personaly represented by Shawn Dominy, not a junior partner or associate.   As Shawn Dominy cannot represent every prospective client who contacts him, he also co-counsels cases with attorneys he is mentoring and serves in an advisory capacity on those cases.

White Papers

  • Guide To Choosing A Lawyer To Fight A DUI/OVI - 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 informaiton about DUI/OVI lawyers, criteria for evaluating lawyers, and questions to ask before hiring a lawyer.

  • About Shawn Dominy

    Admitted: 1997, Ohio

    Professional Webpage: http://www.dominylaw.com/CM/Custom/Attorneys.asp

    Honors/Awards:

    • 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, 2017
    • Shawn Dominy received the Client's Choice Award based on reviews from clients., Client's Choice Award (DUI), Avvo.com, 2015
    • Shawn Dominy received the Client's Choice Award based on reviews from clients., Client's Choice Award (DUI), Avvo.com, 2013
    • 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, Avvo.com, 2016
    • Shawn Dominy was awarded the highest possible rating, AV-Preeminent, from the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory., AV-Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2014
    • 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 was named a 'Top Lawyer' by Columbus CEO magazine in the area of DUI/OVI defense., Top Lawyer, Columbus CEO Magazine, 2017

    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

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • National College For DUI Defense, DUI Defense Lawyers Association (Founding Member), National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Secretary), American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association (Two terms as Chair of Criminal Law Committee).

    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.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Terminating The A.L.S. In O.V.I. Cases: The Inherent Power Of The Judiciary, 'The Vindicator' magazine, O.A.C.D.L., 2018
    • 50 Ways To Leave Your A.L.S. Lover, O.V.I. Update, Ohio State Bar Association, 2018
    • Motions In OVI Cases, Advanced DUI Seminar, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2011
    • Discovery In OVI Cases, OVI Seminar, Mahoning County Bar Association, 2010
    • Discovery In OVI Cases, OVI Seminar, Columbus Bar Association, 2010
    • Defense attorney in an OVI mock trial, Mock Trial Seminar, Lyons & Lyons, 2010
    • Detaining Drivers For OVI Investigations, OVI Update, Ohio State Bar Association, 2009
    • Understanding Breath Testing Machines, OVI Seminar, Columbus Bar Association, 2009
    • S.C.R.A.M. (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring), Advanced DUI Seminar, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2009
    • Article-'Counterfeit Controlled Substances', Akron Legal News, 2009
    • S.C.R.A.M. (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring), OVI Update, Ohio State Bar Association, 2008
    • Article-'Drug Trafficking Laws', Daily Reporter, 2009
    • Breath Testing Permits, Advanced DUI Seminar, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2008
    • Article-'Sobriety Checkpoints', Continental News Review, 2008
    • Article-'Plea Bargaining In The Wake Of Howe', Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly, 2007
    • Are Ohio OVI Marijuana Laws Constitutional, OVI Seminar, Columbus Bar Association, 2015
    • Shawn Dominy authored a chapter of the book 'Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases'.  Settlements in DUI vehicular homicide cases are unique due to the complexity of the cases, the public animosity toward drunk drivers, and the tough sentences faced by defendants. These cases present additional challenges due to the emotional dynamics of the cases and potential civil liability, as well as added pressure from victims’ families, special interest groups, and the media. This chapter focuses on strategies for negotiating settlements with prosecutors and evaluating settlement offers with clients.  For negotiating with prosecutors, I keep things simple with the Greek philosophy of persuasion:  ethos, pathos, and logos. Roughly translated, that means character appeal, emotional appeal, and logical appeal. When evaluating settlement offers with clients, I do not recommend the philosophy of ethos, pathos, and logos because we are advising clients, not persuading them. Instead, I suggest treating these conversations more like a physician making a diagnosis, presenting treatment options, and making recommendations. After forming a good attorney-client relationship throughout the case, you can help the client do a cost-benefit comparison between the proposed settlement and a trial., Aspatore Publishing, 2012
    • Are Ohio OVI Marijuana Laws Constitutional, OVI Update 2015, Ohio State Bar Association, 2015
    • Shawn Dominy authored the book 'I Was Charged With DUI/OVI - Now What?!'.  Being charged with DUI/OVI is stressful and leads to many questions.  This book was designed to answer those questions so readers can educate themselves with one book in the comfort of their own home. There is a lot of misinformation about DUI/OVI cases, and this book dispels some of the common myths about DUI/OVI.  Part One explains DUI/OVI and its consequences.  Part Two discusses evidence in DUI/OVI cases.  Part Three describes the court process.  Part Four provides a framework for evaluating the case and identifies resources for choosing a DUI/OVI lawyer., iUniverse Publishing, 2014
    • ABCs of Addressing Belated Charges, The Premiere Ohio DUI Defense Seminar, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016
    • Trial skills instructor, Trial Skills Academy, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016
    • Article-Sobriety Checkpoints Are Constitutional, Law You Can Use, Ohio State Bar Association, 2015
    • Trial skills instructor, Trial Skills Academy, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2014
    • Article-Drug Trafficking Laws Invoke Serious Consequences, Law You Can Use, Ohio State Bar Association, 2015
    • The Lancaster Case In Marietta, The Premiere Ohio DUI Defense Seminar, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2014
    • Article-Law Provides Real Consequences For Counterfeit Controlled Substances, Law You Can Use, Ohio State Bar Association, 2015
    • The Impact Of The Birchfield Decision, OVI Semiar, Columbus Bar Association, 2016
    • Article-Operating A Vehicle Under The Influence Of Marijuana, Law You Can Use, Ohio State Bar Association, 2016
    • Article-Chemical Alcohol Test, An Offer You Can't Refuse?, The Vindicator, O.A.C.D.L., 2016
    • The Impact Of The Birchfield Decision, OVI Update, Ohio State Bar Association, 2016
    • Chemical Alcohol Test, An Offer You Can't Refuse?, O.A.C.D.L., 2016
    • Trial skills instructor, Trial Skills Academy, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2015
    • Article-Annie's Law Aims To Reduce Drunk Driving In Ohio, Legal Connections, Columbus Bar Association, 2017
    • Hunting For Treasure In ODH Manuals, The Premiere Ohio DUI Defense Seminar, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2015
    • Trial Skills Instructor, Trial Skills Academy, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2017
    • Presenting A GERD Defense, OVI Seminar, Columbus Bar Association, 2014
    • Annie's Law, Mayor's Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, 2017
    • The Intoxilyzer 8000 Is Struck Down Again, OVI Update 2013, Ohio State Bar Association, 2013
    • OVI Update, COACDL CLE, Central Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2018
    • State v. Lancaster May Affect Breath Testing, OVI Seminar, Columbus Bar Association, 2013
    • The Blackout Defense In OVI Cases, The Premiere Ohio DUI Defense Seminar, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2018
    • OVI In Juvenile Court, OVI Seminar, Columbus Bar Association, 2013
    • Trial Skills Instructor, DUI Seminar in Charleston, SC, DUI Defense Lawyers Association, 2017
    • Trial skills instructor, Trial Skills Academy, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2013
    • Article:  Field Sobriety Tests: What Do They Really Measure?, The Vindicator, O.A.C.D.L., 2018
    • Field Sobriety Testing Studies And How To Use Them, The Premiere Ohio DUI Defense Seminar, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2013
    • Article:  Field Sobriety Tests: What Do They Really Measure?, The Vindicator, O.A.C.D.L., 2018
    • Intoxilyzer 8000 Trends And Issues, The Premiere Ohio DUI Defense Seminar, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2013
    • The NHTSA Manual Isn't Just Valuable At Trial, OVI Seminar, Columbus Bar Association, 2012
    • Things You May Not Know About The NHTSA Manual, OVI Update, Ohio State Bar Association, 2012
    • Trial skills instructor, Trial Skills Workshop, Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2012
    • Don't Get Bullied Into Throwing Away Your Client's Rights, OVI Seminar, Columbus Bar Association, 2011
    • The Role Of Defense Attorneys In Sex Cases, Victim Advocate Training, Ohio National Guard, 2011
    • Rule 16 In OVI Cases, O.S.B.A. Annual Convention, Ohio State Bar Association, 2011

    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

    Representative Clients:

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

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

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

    Videos:

    • In this video, attorney Shawn Dominy discusses the first steps individuals should take when charged with DUI/OVI in Columbus, Ohio or the central Ohio area., DUI/OVI In Columbus And Central Ohio
    • In the first video for the Columbus Bar Association's series 'Understanding Ohio Law', Executive Director Jill Snitcher McQuain interviews attorney Shawn Dominy about Annie's Law in Ohio DUI / OVI cases., Annie's Law, Columbus Bar Association, 2017

    Educational Background:

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

    Industry Groups

    • American Bar Association
    • Columbus Bar Association
    • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
    • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • National College For DUI Defense
    • Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Ohio State Bar Association
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    Office Location for Shawn R. Dominy

    7716 Rivers Edge Dr
    Ste B
    Columbus, OH 43235

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    Last Updated: 7/22/2019

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