- Criminal Defense/OVI/Traffic 100%
While his parents were Lakota grads, Jeff ended up graduating from Mason High School in 1982 where he was the senior class president. He then headed off to Oxford where he had a very robust social experience - so robust that Miami U. asked him not to come back after 2 ½ years of fraternity fun.
Shortly after the fun ended at Miami (of Ohio), Jeff became a father, got married and started working for American Airlines where he continued to work while finishing his undergrad at Univ. of Cincinnati. With a bachelor's degree in hand, Jeff headed off to Miami, Florida to attend law school at The U, while working third shift at the baggage claim area for American Airlines at the Miami Intl. Airport. After finishing law school, Jeff came back to Ohio to begin his law career.
Having established himself as one of the top OVI defense lawyers in Ohio, Jeff focuses his practice in SW Ohio (Butler, Hamilton, Warren and Clermont Counties) and is regularly found fighting DUI's in a multiple counties a day. In total, Jeff has practiced OVI defense in 22 of Ohio's 88 counties, including, but not limited to Brown, Adams, Preble, Madison, Greene, Montgomery, Fayette, Highland and Athens counties.
Throughout his 25+ year career, Jeff has handled well over 3000 DUI cases and has taken more DUI cases to trial than other Ohio attorney (at least that's how he gets introduced when speaking at OACDL events).
Additionally, his love for continuing his education has led him to be one of SIX lawyers in Ohio recognized by the American Chemical Society as a Lawyer-Scientist and this has helped him in defending OVI cases that involve blood or urine testing as well as defendant drug possession/trafficking cases involving other substances such as methamphetamine, cocaine and various opioids.
When not fighting for his clients, Jeff's real passion is SCUBA diving and he loves diving with sharks and other apex predators which includes 9 species of sharks and Salt Water Crocodiles. So when it's time to fight in the courtroom, no other attorney around matches his fearless and bold personality.
- University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
- J.D. - 1996
- University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
- B.A. - 1992
- Honors: With High Honors
- Major: Philosophy
- Top 50 Attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio Super Lawyers
- Super Lawyers
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
- Lyons & Lyons, Attorney, 1999 to 2014
- Ohio State Bar Association
- DUI DLA, Founding Member, Present
Current Employment Position
- Ohio, 1997