Stephen E. Palmer

Stephen E. Palmer: Attorney with Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A.

Biography

Stephen E. Palmer is a trusted Columbus criminal defense attorney of more than 20 years. He has developed a distinctive approach to criminal defense work by making a sincere effort to know each of his clients on a personal level. Steve recognizes that no two cases are the same, and neither are his clients’ needs. He believes that criminal defense isn’t just about representing a client in court; it’s about helping clients craft solutions to their problems. Steve reaches solutions through careful contemplation of all facets of a client’s problems—not just the black and white legal issues.

After more than 20 years counseling clients and countless jury trials, Steve is comfortable and capable of handling any matter inside (and outside) the courtroom. He draws upon his vast experience to find the right experts, investigators, and consultants to meet the needs of each individual case and client. And when confronted with problems outside his practice area, he can help find the right person for the job. He has an extensive referral network of attorneys who practice other areas of the law. .

Steve has been included in the Ohio Super Lawyers list for the last six years and was included in Columbus Business First’s 20 People to Know in 2014. He is also a long-standing member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Steve remains active in the Ohio State Bar Association, speaking regularly on various criminal defense topics, ranging from evidence, trial practice, ethics, and virtually any other area of criminal law.

For the past 10 years, Steve has also provided the Columbus radio audience with legal input on several local morning radio shows. He currently appears weekly on the highly- rated morning show on 99.7 The Blitz. He has provided countless callers with legal (and non-legal) insight on a wide range of problems.

He joined Eric J. Yavitch, in 1997 to form Yavitch & Palmer, located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Steve works in all aspects of criminal defense, from OVI/DUI charges to white collar crimes to child abuse and domestic violence. He has practiced in courts all over the State of Ohio and in federal courts in Ohio and elsewhere. He has provided consulting services for other attorneys involved in all types of criminal cases. And he is willing to travel to offer help to solve clients’ problems anywhere.

In 1995, Steve earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Capital University. While in law school, he began working in the criminal defense field as a clerk for R. William Meeks, a distinguished criminal attorney. Steve completed his undergraduate work at the College of Wooster where he participated in varsity football and track. He studied Anglo-legal history, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in History.

Aside from law, Steve is an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys hunting, shooting, and virtually any other activity that puts him in touch with nature and the woods. With a background in construction, he also enjoys the quiet solitude of carpentry and woodworking. And when not in the courtroom, woods, or workshop, he enjoys classical guitar and continues with regular instruction and occasional performance.

Areas of Practice (56)

  • Criminal Defense
  • Juvenile Criminal Law
  • Misdemeanors
  • Felonies
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Assault and Battery
  • Burglary
  • DUI/DWI
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Felony Criminal Defense
  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Felonious Assault
  • Carrying Concealed Weapon
  • Robbery/Burglary
  • Arson
  • Sex Crimes
  • Misdemeanor Crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Alcohol Offenses
  • Underage Drinking
  • Open Container
  • Drug Offenses
  • Paraphernalia
  • Abuse
  • Possession
  • Gambling
  • Petty Theft
  • Drunk Driving
  • DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)
  • DUI (Driving Under the Influence)
  • Traffic Violations
  • DWI
  • DUI
  • OVI/OMVI
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Driving Under Suspension
  • Reckless Operation
  • Hit and Run
  • Failure to Control
  • Speeding
  • ACDA
  • Juvenile Offenses
  • Bindovers
  • Robbery
  • Assault
  • Drug Abuse
  • Criminal Offenses
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Federal
  • State
  • Post-Conviction
  • Miscellaneous
  • Sealing of Record/Expungement
  • Revocation proceedings

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
614-224-6142  Phone
614-228-6078  Fax
www.ohiolegaldefense.com
University Attended:
College of Wooster, B.A., History, 1992
Law School Attended:
Capital University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1995
Year of First Admission:
1995
Admission:
1998, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1996, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio; 1995, Ohio; 2002, U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
Columbus, Ohio State and American (Member, Criminal Section) Bar Associations; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Birth Information:
Columbus, Ohio, May 5, 1970
ISLN:
912024774
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover
  • Free Initial Consultation

Peer Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 (8 reviews)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
  • Legal Knowledge

    4.9/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.9/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.9/5.0
  • Communication

    4.9/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.9/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Managing Partner on 05/28/14 in Criminal Defense

    Steve is an excellent criminal defense lawyer.

    Steve is an excellent criminal defense lawyer. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Managing Partner on 05/05/12 in Criminal Defense

    Great lawyer; very client-focused. He is also very willing to help other members of the bar.

    Great lawyer; very client-focused. He is also very willing to help other members of the bar. Read less

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Client Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (2 reviews)
  • 100% (2 recommendations)
  • Communication

    5.0/5.0
  • Responsiveness

    5.0/5.0
  • Quality of Service

    5.0/5.0
  • Value for Money

    5.0/5.0
  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 03/10/13 in Criminal Law.

    I have found Stephen Palmer and his firm to be responsible and of the highest professional standards. They will put your mind at ease and make get you the best outcome possible.

    I have found Stephen Palmer and his firm to be responsible and of the highest professional standards. They will put your mind at ease and make get you the best outcome possible. Read less

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  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 09/28/11 in Criminal Law.

    I had originally tried another council and fortunately decided to go with Mr. Palmer. He spoke to me in terms that I could understand and treated me with respect. Mr. Palmer and his team also provided mental counseling, as well as legal counseling... Read more

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    I had originally tried another council and fortunately decided to go with Mr. Palmer. He spoke to me in terms that I could understand and treated me with respect. Mr. Palmer and his team also provided mental counseling, as well as legal counseling to make a difficult experience seem manageable. We have recommended him to two other friends and both have been extremely satisfied. Read less

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