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Jon R. Sinclair

Jon R. Sinclair

After serving as a city prosecutor for the City of Cincinnati, I started my own law practice. I help clients with Family Law and Criminal Law issues.
Jon R. Sinclair, Attorney at Law
(1-5 Attorneys)

D.U.I./Criminal and Traffic Defense
Family Law and Divorce

1018 Delta Avenue
Suite 202
Cincinnati, OH 45208
Hyde Park

23 years



Why did you become an attorney?

During law school I worked as a trained mediator for the City of Cleveland Municipal
Court. This was a great opportunity to learn about problem solving and finding
solutions. This is where I learned that the best part of practicing law is finding a
way to remove roadblocks from the personal lives of clients.

What made you choose your primary specialty focus of law?

Working as a criminal prosecutor gave me a chance to see a criminal case from
both sides - the person being prosecuted and the public. I often saw people getting
a criminal conviction in situations where it was not warranted and could be avoided.
This experience led me to start my own criminal defense practice.

What makes your law firm unique?

Many clients tell me they appreciate that I return phone calls right away, usually the
same day. I treat people the way I would like to be treated if I hired a lawyer.

Describe your ideal client.

I enjoy working with clients that can share with me their story. I like to learn how they
got into the position that made them seek my help. We start there, and then move
towards finding a solution to the current challenges.

Describe your personal interest and hobbies.

I have an eight year old daughter and five year son old that keep me young and healthy.

Describe your charitable activities.

I serve on the Lawyer Referral Service Committee with the Cincinnati Bar Association.
At this time I am chairperson of this committee. I also serve as the Housing Committee
Chair for the Madisonville Community Council. I take pro bono cases from the
Volunteer Lawyers Program.

D.U.I./Criminal and Traffic Defense
  • Appeals
  • Burglary
  • CDL Suspension
  • Child Abuse
  • Computer Crimes
  • Conspiracy
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drugs
  • DUI / OVI
  • Expungements
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Felony Auto Accidents
  • Forfeiture
  • Grand Jury
  • Homicide and Assault
  • Juvenile
  • Misdemeanor
  • Probation Violations
  • Search & Seizure
  • Sex offenses
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft and Fraud
  • Traffic and Moving Violations
  • White Collar
Family Law and Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Custody
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Partnerships and GLBT rights
  • Family Mediation
  • Grandparents’ Rights
  • Guardianships
  • Joint Custody
  • Legal Separation
  • Name changes
  • Paternity
  • Power of Attorney
  • Restraining Orders
  • Shared Parenting Plans
  • Spousal Support
  • Stepparent Adoption
  • Support

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Juris Doctor (JD), 1995

Bar Association Membership



Former chairperson, Lawyer Referral Service, Cincinnati Bar Association

Court Admissions

NY, Ohio

Board/Committee Membership

Lawyer Referral Service

Continuing Education

Master of Public Administration, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

Bar Admission Date


Supreme Court Number


Licensed In

Ohio (1995), #0066136

Significant Cases

October, 2016.  First Dist. Court of Appeals, C-150743.  Grandparents successful retaining legal custody of grandchildren. As counsel for grandparents, also won legal custody in trial court and the court of appeals.

October, 2016, B1603270. Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas.  Charges of robbery involving a pizza store reduced to theft charge. Probation for client. 

July, 2016, B1602108, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. Felony charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle reduced to a misdemeanor.  Probation for client. 

13-116**z Juvenile Court. juvenile charged with domestic violence. Charges dismissed by the court on 2/13/2014

Appellate decisions:  Criminal charges against client reversed on appeal:
First District Court of Appeals, C-070388
First District Court of Appeals, C060976
First District Court of Appeals, C-110700
First District Court of Appeals, C-050380
First District Court of Appeals, 2010-Ohio-5430

/12/TRD/59150: On March 27, 2013, reckless operation charges are dismissed by the court on the day of the jury trial.

B1205318: On February 25, 2013, felony charges of theft reduced to misdemeanor. Sentence of probation.

B1106667 On September 19, 2012, felony charges of receiving stolen property reduced to a misdemeanor with probation.

B1200325 On September 10, 2012, felony charges of breaking and entering reduced to a misdemeanor. Period of probation to pay restitution.

CRB1201144 On August 14, 2012, misdemeanor drug charges dismissed for client in Butler County Area III court.

11/TRC/62474 On August 14, 2012, OVI charges are reduced to a traffic charge, avoiding an alcohol related conviction for client. Driving suspension is terminated.


July 25, 2012. Successful appeal of client's case to the Court of Appeals on charges of possessing a vicious dog. Court of Appeals reverses the conviction of client and dismisses the charges.


Felony charges of music piracy expunged from record of client on April 2, 2012.

A senior citizen charged with building code violations. Client charged with failing to repair a house. Case dismissed on June 14, 2011.

June 8, 2011. Client charged with failing to file city income tax returns. Motion to dismiss filed because City of Cincinnati did not use diligence to execute the warrants. Prosecutor concurs with our motion. Case dismissed by Judge Grant.

May 26, 2011. Client charged with possessing vicious dog. After a trial in court with Judge Berry, the client was found not guilty.

May 13, 2011. Client charged with driving under OVI-DUI court suspension. Case dismissed in court by judge.

May 23, 2011. Case set for jury trial is resolved by amending felony theft to a misdemeanor. Avoided felony conviction for client.

Case B 1007331
May 10, 2011, felony charges of Aggravated Robbery dismissed against client in Judge Nadine Allen's courtroom.

Case 10 CV 19543
Represented mother of 3 children in public housing eviction case. After five months of litigation, including depositions of witnesses, won a settlement in March 2011 which resulted in a dismissal of the eviction case against the mother.

Appeal Case C070388
Won reversal of conviction of client charged with violating Cincinnati Municipal Code, concerning exotic dancing. Hamilton County First District Court of Appeals.

Appeal Case No. C-1000242
On November 10, 2010, in our appeal to the Court of Appeals, the court overturned the conviction of the client and discharged him of the criminal charges, including possession of marijuana.

Case No. 10 CRB 2540
Charges of assault against client were dismissed in Hamilton County Municipal Court on May 4, 2010.

Case No. B0908864
Case dismissed April 21, 2010. Hamilton County felony charge of failing to provide notice of change of address.

Case No. 09 CRB 36616
Not Guilty of Theft of Cable TV Services. This client was charged with unlawfully having cable service hooked up to her apartment in Cincinnati. After a trial in Cincinnati Municipal Court, she was found not guilty and acquitted by the court.

Case No. 09 TRC 267**
Not Guilty of OVI (Driving while intoxicated). This client was charged with driving on Interstate 71 North while under the influence. After a trial, he was found not guilty and acquitted by the Hamilton County Municipal Court.

Court of Appeals, C060976
Appeal of case where trial court judge refused to expunge the record of client involving in civil demonstration, where he was found not guilty of charges. My appeal to Court of Appeals results in the court overruling the trial judge. Clients record is expunged.

Summary of Firm

After serving as a city prosecutor for the City of Cincinnati, I started my own law practice. I help clients with Family and Criminal Law issues.

Summary of Previous Employment

Former Criminal Prosecutor, City of Cincinnati, also
Former Prosecutor, City of Cleveland

Free Initial Consultation?


Typical Retainer Fees

Criminal matters - $600 - $5,000.
Divorce - $600 - $5,000.

Fixed-Price Services and Fees

Each case depends on the circumstance involved. A simple dissolution is usually $600 - $900. OVI and DUI representation is usually $600 for plea negotiation in court. Trial fees will generally range from $1,500 to $3,000.

Fees by Hourly Rate



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