Nicholas G. Gounaris

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Dayton, OH

Gounaris Abboud, Inc.
 | 130 West Second Street, Suite 2000
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: 937-222-1515
Fax: 937-222-1224
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense
Attorney Profile

A founding partner at the firm Gounaris Abboud Co LPA in Dayton, Ohio, Nicholas G. Gounaris practices in the area of complex litigation with a concentration on criminal defense matters. His rich background as a prosecutor, an acting judge and a magistrate lends him a well-rounded perspective in matters involving alleged drug crimes, DUI, DWI, white collar crimes, gun violations and federal crimes. Continuing in the footsteps of his father, who served as an attorney and judge in multiple Ohio courts, Mr. Gounaris serves individuals in Dayton and the Miami Valley and diligently litigates cases before federal, state and municipal courts.

Before going into practice as an attorney, Mr. Gounaris earned his law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. He keeps current with the latest developments in his field by participating in professional organizations such as the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Dayton Bar Association, the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association and the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. For two years, he proudly served as the president of the Dayton chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Mr. Gounaris is admitted to practice law in Ohio and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. His diverse client base includes individuals in a range of professions, from chief executive officers and professional athletes to police officers, teachers and physicians.

In addition to his busy law practice and many professional memberships, Mr. Gounaris also engages in a wide range of community activities with his family members. He resides with his family in Dayton.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Criminal Defense


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Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2020

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About Nicholas Gounaris

Admitted: 1995, Ohio

Professional Webpage:


  • 10.0 Superb Rating on, AVVO Superb Rating, 2011
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project Recognition, Dayton Bar Association, 2009
  • 10.0 Superb Rating, AVVO Superb Rating, 2012
  • Appointed Counsel Award, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, 1997

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President, Federal Bar Association, Dayton Chapter
  • Member, Dayton Bar Association, 1995 - Present
  • OADCL - Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • State of Ohio
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1995 - Present
  • Member, Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court
  • Member, The Federal Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Active with Volunteer Lawyers Program of the Dayton Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • What to do If You're Pulled Over For A DUI, GA Publications, 2010
  • Facing a DUI? 4 Things You Need to Know,, 2010
  • Athletes and the Law, Ringside At Rotary, 1999
  • DUI Defense, 2009
  • Knowing Your Legal Rights, Miami University FIJI's, 2009
  • Knowing Your Legal Rights, Miami University FIJI's, 2010


  • State of Ohio v. Dora Olvera, Montgomery County Case Number 2004-CR-2178Ms Olvera was charged with possession of four kilos of cocaine facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 13 years in prison.  At the conclusion of the trial the jury found Ms. Olvera not guilty of all charges.
  • Cikraji v. Vickers et. al.  United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Plaintiff, Cikraji, brought a civil action against a number of defendants including my clients. Judge Rice incorporated Magistrate Judge Ovington's Report and Recommendation to dismiss the complaint after responsive pleadings were filed.
  • Featherweight boxer Michael Evan was removed from the United States Boxing Team without just cause and without due process. After filing of a petition for an emergency hearing with the American Arbitration Association, a hearing was scheduled in Atlanta for the immediate reinstatement of Mr. Evans. After pleadings and motions were filed a hearing was held and the result was the reinstatement of Mr. Evans to the US Boxing team in time to participate in the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York.

Representative Clients:

  • State of Ohio v. Van R. Wilson, Jan 15, 2010
  • Michael Evans v USA Boxing and the United States Olympic Committee, Jan 16, 1998
  • He provides clients of the firm with competent legal representation and focuses his law practice in the areas of DUI Defense, Criminal Defense, Family Law Issues, Federal Criminal Law and Personal Injury cases.
  • State of Ohio v Olvera, Aug 26, 2005
  • Cikraki v. Vickers et. al, Jan 05, 2010

Educational Background:

  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, B.A. Political Science, 1991
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Office Location for Nicholas G. Gounaris

130 West Second Street
Suite 2000
Dayton, OH 45402

Phone: 937-222-1515

Fax: 937-222-1224

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Last Updated: 8/31/2019

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