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Jesse E. Knowlden

Jesse E. Knowlden

  • Associate

Practice Areas

  • Business & Complex Litigation
  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Trials & Appeals
  • OVI/DUI – Drunk Driving
  • White Collar Criminal Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Criminal Appeals


Jesse Knowlden has a general practice with an emphasis in criminal defense and civil litigation. He has been a licensed attorney since 2019.

Jesse was born in Pennsylvania, attended Penn State University, and then spent three years working in the oilfield before moving to Cincinnati and attending the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Jesse now dedicates his career to advocating for the accused and championing the claims of those who have been wronged. Jesse has successfully represented and defended clients facing a range of charges from minor misdemeanors to murder. Jesse works tirelessly to secure the best possible outcome for his clients and advocates for them inside and outside of the courtroom.

Jesse is an affiliated attorney with the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network, which is an organization which provides its members with immediate criminal defense representation in the aftermath of a self-defense incident. Jesse has successfully represented clients who have used lethal and non-lethal force in self-defense. Whether you are a member of the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network or not, call Jesse immediately if you have used force in self-defense.

In the civil context, Jesse has achieved favorable outcomes for his clients in a wide variety of litigation and business matters. Jesse has experience working with individuals, small businesses, and large corporations. Jesse uses his unique personal experiences to relate to his clients, no matter their status or claim, and identify efficient solutions for success.

Jesse was a law clerk with Cohen, Todd, Kite & Stanford for two years before becoming an attorney. In law school, he served as a member of the University of Cincinnati Law Review and had two articles published. Prior to joining the firm, Jesse served as a fellow with the Ohio Innocence Project where he worked on post-conviction matters for individuals who were convicted of crimes that they did not commit.

Jesse is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and spending time with his wife, Alison.

Call Jesse at 513-333-5215 if you need help immediately, for a free consultation, or if you just have a question.

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 2019
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • J.D. - 2019
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Pennsylvania State University
    • B.A. - 2013
    • Honors: cum laude

Representative Matters

  • Assisted in representation of individual indicted for Murder, Attempted Murder and Felonious Assault with firearms specifications for shooting and killing one individual and shooting at another. Charges carried life in prison if convicted. Argued self-defense at trial. Not guilty verdict.
  • Represented individual charged with murder for fatally stabbing another individual. Argued self-defense. Charge dismissed.
  • Represented individual indicted for two counts of Felonious Assault and one count of Having Weapons While Under Disability for shooting one individual. Argued self-defense. Charges dismissed.
  • Represented individual indicted for seven counts, including first-degree felonies Aggravated Burglary and Kidnapping. Not guilty verdict on each indicted offense after a jury trial.
  • Represented individual charged with two counts of Rape and one count of Gross Sexual Imposition. Not guilty verdict after a bench trial.
  • Represented individual charged with two counts of felonious assault with gun specifications and one count of discharging a firearm on or near a prohibited premises. Charges carried a mandatory minimum of six years in prison if convicted. Argued self-defense. Not guilty verdict after a bench trial.

Professional Associations

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star 2023, 2024