Nicholas G. Gounaris

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Dayton, Ohio

Gounaris Abboud, LPA
Nicholas G. Gounaris
Gounaris Abboud, LPA

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 1995

Education: University of Dayton School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2023

Gounaris Abboud, LPA

130 West Second Street
Suite 2000
Dayton, OH 45402 Visit website


Attorney Nicholas G. Gounaris is a partner with Gounaris Abboud, LPA, law firm, which has law offices in Dayton and Springboro, Ohio. Regarded nationally as among the preeminent trial lawyers in the country, Mr. Gounaris has more than 25 years of total legal experience, and he provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·        Criminal defense and federal criminal law

·        Family law and divorce

·        Personal injury

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Gounaris has gained a reputation as a staunch advocate who aggressively pursues the most favorable outcomes on behalf of his clients. From his efforts, he has achieved a long record of helping his clients obtain the positive results they seek efficiently and cost-effectively for the pressing legal challenges affecting their lives and their futures, and he finds great reward in being able to assist so many in his region during their times of dire need.

Honored for his impeccable professionalism and high ethical standards, Mr. Gounaris has earned a Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished* peer review rating as well as a Top 10 ranking from the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. 

Mr. Gounaris has also received perennial designation as being among the top 5% of lawyers in his region, and he has received "Superb, 10 out of 10" client ratings on Avvo. He has also received the 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award for Criminal Law by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys along with hundreds of five-star client reviews on Google.

A 1991 graduate of Miami University of Ohio, Mr. Gounaris obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1994. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

Mr. Gounaris is a member of the Dayton Bar Association, where he once served as chair of its Congeniality Committee, and the Federal Bar Association, where he served as president from 2004 to 2006. He is also a member of the Ohio Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Greene County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, among his other professional affiliations.

*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

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

Focus areas

DUI/DWI, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Sex Offenses, Traffic Violations

  • 80% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

First Admitted: 1995, Ohio

Professional Webpage:

  • Super Lawyers® list consecutively in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and most recently 2020
  • “10 Best Client Satisfaction” Award for Criminal Law by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys™ in 2014 and 2015
  • 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
  • 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
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
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
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Active with Volunteer Lawyers Program of the Dayton Bar Association
Educational Background:
  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, B.A. Political Science, 1991
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

Office location for Nicholas G. Gounaris

130 West Second Street
Suite 2000
Dayton, OH 45402

Phone: 937-222-1515

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