Brad Koffel

Brad Koffel
  • Biography


    Brad Koffel has been a criminal defense trial lawyer in Columbus since 1993. He has been ranked in the top 1% of all lawyers in the United States by Best Lawyers in America since 2005. For nearly 25 years he has limited his practice to criminal defense, including professional license matters.

    He has represented thousands of clients in the criminal courts all across Ohio. He has won acquittals and dismissals for his clients charged with Drug Offenses, DUI, Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Sex Offenses, Domestic Violence, and many other types of criminal offenses. He has defended prosecutors, public defenders, lawyers, and police officers. He has negotiated favorable plea bargains in every kind of criminal case in Ohio from homicide to traffic matters.

    Brad has tried numerous cases to verdict, over 500 suppression hearings and argued several dozen appeals in the courts of greater central Ohio over last 25 years. His areas of expertise are Sex Offenses (R.C. 2907), Aggravated Vehicular Homicide/Assault (R.C. 2903), Drug Cases (R.C. 2925), Theft & Fraud (R.C. 2913), DUI/OVI (R.C. 4511.19) and Juvenile Court (R.C. 2151). He has a particular emphasis on pretrial litigation and sentencing mitigation.

    He is a frequent lecturer on the subject of trial tactics, cross-examination, closing arguments for criminal trials in Continuing Legal Education Seminars throughout Ohio.

    Mr. Koffel is also a legal analyst for 610 WTVN and the host of “For the Defense” on 610 WTVN, a weekly live radio show discussing contemporary criminal law topics. He is married and has four (4) children.

    Brad limits his personal client caseload to no more than 50 clients. To inquire about representation, call 614.271.1166 to speak with Mr. Koffel’s investigator, Rick Mahan.


    Best Lawyers in America -- 2005-current

    Super Lawyers -- 2006-current

    "Lawyer of the Year", Best Lawyers in America

    Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney in Ohio, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys

    AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

    Practice areas

    Investigations and Prosecutions for DUI, Aggravated Vehicular Assault/Homicide, Felony Assault / Assault, Rape, Sexual Battery, Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Gross Sexual Imposition, Sexual Imposition, Importuning, Voyeurism, Public Indecency, Solicitation, Disseminating Matter Harmful to Juveniles, Displaying Matter Harmful to Juveniles,Pandering Obscenity, Illegal Use of a Minor in Nudity-Oriented Material, Drug Trafficking, Cultivation, Possession of Drugs, Deception to Obtain Drugs, Arson, Robbery, Burglary, Forgery, Medicaid Fraud, Tampering with Records / Evidence, Insurance Fraud, Workers’ Compensation Fraud, Receiving Stolen Property, Gambling, Telecommunications Harassment, Domestic Violence, Bribery, Intimidation, Falsification, Obstructing, Resisting Arrest, Illegal Conveyance, Weapons Cases, Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, Underage Drinking/Consumption, Serious Traffic Offenses, and Representation before the Ohio State Medical Board, Ohio State Pharmacy Board, Ohio Board of Nursing, Ohio Department of Education, and all other regulary agencies.


    Ohio, 1993


    Miami University, B.S., 1990, Capital University Law School, 1993

  • Cases Brad Koffel has Handled

    Case Handled

    2017 Ohio Supreme Court Criminal Cases of Note

  • Testimonials


    "I am very pleased with how things turned out. Second, and much more importantly, I really do appreciate everything you do well above and beyond the legal aspects of things." -R.F.

    "Brad, First and foremost, thank you for your work on [our son’s] behalf and the care shown both to [him] as well as to us. We appreciated your professionalism, how you had set up team communication lines, quick response times, well planned & run meetings, understandable explanations of legal terminology & issues, the clear & concise expectations & recommendations, coordinating the visit by the pastor, the mitigation portfolio put together, the calm guidance with [him], all of the follow-up...your overall navigation during the most difficult thing our family has endured." -B.D.