David H. Thomas - Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

David H. Thomas

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011

Dave Thomas is a partner in Taft’s Corporate Compliance and White Collar Criminal Defense practice. He counsels and represents companies, public officials, health care providers, and other professionals who are the subject of state and federal investigations and prosecutions involving the United States Department of Justice and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, as well as county prosecutors throughout the state. He also assists clients in responding to subpoenas from Government regulators, including federal agencies like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Drug Enforcement Administration and state agencies such as the Ohio Auditor’s Office, Ohio Ethics Commission, and Ohio Inspector General.

Dave brings a broad range of experience to Taft’s criminal defense practice. He has tried more than sixty cases in state and federal courts, in matters ranging from aggravated murder to corporate fraud and federal conspiracy. Dave has also argued in state and federal appeals courts and the Supreme Court of Ohio. He has served as lead counsel defending white collar cases ranging from ethics and public corruption to health care fraud, banking violations, Government contract fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, and environmental crime.

Wittenberg UniversityBA 1996The Ohio State UniversityJ.D. 1999
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersOhio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersColumbus Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee

Case History

State of Ohio v. Eric Hopkins

Defendant acquitted of murder and related charges after State alleged that he killed his foster child. Two week jury trial in 2011.

State of Ohio v. Jim Stillwagon

All charges dismissed against Defendant after State alleged that he repeatedly shot at a motorist. One week jury trial in 2013.

Office Location

65 East State Street, Suite 1000
Columbus, OH 43215-4213
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense: White-Collar of the Columbus-OH Metro Area
David H. Thomas has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!


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Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: General Practice
Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Other Information

Gender: Male