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John L. O'Shea

John L. O’Shea

  • Member

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Litigation


John O'Shea, is a distinguished attorney serving the Cincinnati, Ohio area. With a passion for justice and a commitment to upholding the law, John has earned a reputation as a highly respected legal professional in his community.

Education and Legal Background

John O'Shea completed his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree at the University of Cincinnati. After passing the bar, John established himself as an attorney dedicated to serving the legal needs of the Cincinnati community. With extensive knowledge and experience, he has handled a wide range of cases, including criminal defense, civil litigation, personal injury, and more.

Legal Practice

As an attorney in Cincinnati, John has built a successful legal practice renowned for its integrity and client-centered approach. His commitment to his clients' best interests and tireless advocacy on their behalf have led to numerous successful outcomes. Whether he's defending the rights of the accused, helping families navigate complex legal issues, or representing individuals seeking justice, John is known for his unwavering dedication to his clients.

John's legal expertise extends to areas such as:

Criminal Defense: He has defended clients facing a variety of charges, ensuring that their rights are protected and that they receive a fair legal process.

Personal Injury: For those who have suffered injuries due to the negligence of others, John works tirelessly to secure the compensation they deserve.

Civil Litigation: In civil matters, John is a formidable advocate for his clients, striving to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively.

Community Involvement

Beyond the courtroom, John is committed to the Cincinnati community. He actively participates in local legal organizations, giving back through pro bono work and legal education initiatives. His dedication to social justice and the rule of law extends beyond his professional practice, and he is a vocal advocate for positive change in the legal system.

John O'Shea, Esq., is not just an attorney; he is a trusted advocate who puts his clients first, a champion of justice, and a dedicated member of the Cincinnati legal community. His unwavering commitment to the law and his clients is a testament to his character and the mark he has left in the field of law.

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1989


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1989
  • University of Toledo
    • B.S. - 1984

Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, Criminal Justice Act Panel, Panel Member, 2014 to 2017
  • United States Concealed Carry Association, Critical Response Team, Member


  • Top 50 Cincinnati Super Lawyer, 2012 - 2023
  • Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyer, 2013, 2017 - 2021
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, 2009 - 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America, Cincinnati Criminal Defense "Lawyer of the Year", 2015
  • AVVO.com Perfect 10.0 "Superb" Rating
  • AVVO.com Client's Choice Award, 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense, White-Collar, 2014 - 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense, 2014 - 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America, Cincinnati Criminal Defense, White Collar “Lawyer of the Year”, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, Cincinnati Criminal Defense "Lawyer of the Year", 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2014 - 2023

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Ohio Supreme Court Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program, Present
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Advisory Board, Member, Present
  • Talbert House, Advisory Board, Member
  • St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy, Aegis Council, Member, Present
  • St. Xavier High School, Loyola Club for Tuition Assistance, Member, Present
  • Ohio Supreme Court, Child Abuse, Neglect and Dependency, Member
  • Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners, 241-KIDS Advisory Panel, Member
  • Ohio Justice and Policy Center, Clinical Legal Education Program, Supervisor

Past Positions​

  • The Hon. Norman A. Murdock at The Hamilton County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas, Judicial Law Clerk, 03/1989 to 03/1990
  • Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, Juvenile, Municipal and Common Pleas Court trial divisions, Assistant Prosecuting, 03/1990 to 11/1994
  • Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, Special Prosecutor

Specialties and Certifications

  • Mayor’s Court Magistrate, Ohio Municipal League
  • City of Blue Ash, Ohio Mayor's Court Magistrate, Ohio Municipal League