Stephen E. Palmer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Columbus, OH

Yavitch & Palmer Co., LPA
 | 511 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-224-6142
Fax: 614-228-6078
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Stephen E. Palmer is the owner and partner of Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A., in Columbus, Ohio. A top-rated trial lawyer with over 20 years of experience, Mr. Palmer devotes his practice exclusively to criminal law, and he fiercely advocates on behalf of the rights and liberties of his clients throughout the Columbus area and across the state who face serious felony to misdemeanor charges.

    Drawing upon his extensive experience serving as counsel for the accused, Mr. Palmer addresses all aspects of his clients' situations in order to provide the personalized solutions they need aimed at achieving the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve. Over the course of his career, he has built a vast network of professional resources, including investigators, consultants and other industry experts, that he relies on to help him devise the most effective defense strategies possible for those he serves.

    Widely regarded as one of the area's leading criminal defense attorneys, Mr. Palmer appears weekly on a local radio broadcast, where he offers invaluable legal advice to callers with a wide range of legal issues. He is also the host of a popular legal and current events podcast, Lawyer Talk: Off the Record. He maintains an active presence with several professional legal organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Ohio State Bar Association, where he routinely conducts lectures and seminars on a variety of topics related to criminal law.

    A 1992 graduate of The College of Wooster, Mr. Palmer obtained his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Capital University Law School in 1995, where he was a member of Law Review and Order of the Curia. The Ohio State Bar Association admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Recognized for his exceptional legal abilities and high ethical standards, Mr. Palmer has held an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell for over 13 years as well as perfect ratings from AVVO, and he has received numerous other awards and honors for his professionalism and service.

    *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
    • 50%Criminal Defense
    • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    • 10%Personal Injury - General
    • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    Focus Areas

    Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


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    Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2020

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    About Stephen Palmer

    Admitted: 1995, Ohio

    Professional Webpage:


    • Ohio Super Lawyers, 2011 – 2016
    • Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, AV Peer Review Rating

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • United States Supreme Court, Admitted, 2002
    • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Admitted, 1998
    • Southern District of Ohio, Admitted, 1996

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Ohio, 1995
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member
    • Columbus Bar Association, Member
    • Ohio State Bar Association, Member

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • A course is designed to help criminal defense attorneys hone their trial advocacy skills. Learn about the most effective ways to conduct each step of the process. This program will also explore using motions and evidence to your client’s best advantage and potential strategies for appeal., Seminar Speaker, Criminal Advocacy, Ohio State Bar Association, 2015
    • Ohio Courtroom Evidence, Third Edition, Lexis Law Publishing, 1998, co-authored with his father, John Palmer, 1998
    • Seminar Speaker, Criminal Advocacy, Ohio State Bar Association, 2015
    • Columbus Business First: 20 People to Know, November 2014
    • Order of the Curia, Law Review, Capital University, 1994-1995. Co-Author State v. Vega and Ohio's Operating Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated (OMVI) Law: per se Unconstitutional? Capital University Law Review, No. 3, Vol., 24, 1995.

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Capital University Law School Law Review
    • Parker Lee Foundation, Board Member
    • Weekly Morning Show Guest Offering Free Legal Advice. 99.7 The Blitz

    Educational Background:

    • College of Wooster, B.A., History, 1992
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    Office Location for Stephen E. Palmer

    511 South High Street
    Columbus, OH 43215

    Phone: 614-224-6142

    Fax: 614-228-6078

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    Last Updated: 10/19/2019

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