Brad Koffel

Founding Partner

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. Even though the law firm is one of the largest criminal defense firms in Ohio, Brad maintains a private docket of clients that he personally represents. Also, as part of his private case load, Brad will associate with the most qualified lawyers to serve as local counsel. Another distinctive feature of Mr. Koffel’s litigation team is a former law professor who taught legal research and writing from one of America’s most prestigious law schools to exhaustively examine the State’s case.

    In 2019 Brad earned the Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Judicial Award, the highest rating in both legal ability and ethical standards, based on evaluations by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States. For over 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 nearly every occupation & profession including prosecutors, public defenders, lawyers, police officers, and judges. 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 regulatory agencies.


    Ohio, 1993


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

    A Small Sampling of Mr. Koffel's Case Results

    Brad Koffel successfully defended a Division I college football player accused of rape in Athens, Ohio. The player was accused of raping a student in his dorm room after she texted her friends to help her. The RA’s and campus police immediately responded to the player’s room and found both of them naked. The accuser left the room with the assistance of several of her friends. She went to the local hospital and submitted to a full sexual assault examination. During the course of Mr. Koffel’s investigation, snap chats between the player and his accuser were discovered and preserved. After the accuser testified, Mr. Koffel confronted her with the snap chats (that she thought no longer existed) that clearly and unequivocally proved that she not only consented to the sexual activity but staged a way to get alone with the player.

    Brad Koffel obtained a Not Guilty verdict for a metro park ranger accused of sexual imposition in Dayton, Ohio.

    Brad Koffel was hired by a Canadian citizen who was arrested and indicted with smuggling 3 million dollars of cocaine into Ohio. The indictment carried at least 11 years in prison. After an exhaustive investigation, Mr. Koffel successfully negotiated the complete dismissal of all charges against his client as evidence came forward that the client did know the cocaine was stored in the sleeper section of his semi-truck.

    Brad Koffel obtained a Not Guilty verdict for a man accused of Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor in Columbus, Ohio. The accuser claimed that she did not consent to the sexual activity with the older man. Mr. Koffel’s was found Not Guilty after the prosecutor refused to dismiss the case.

    Brad Koffel obtained a dismissal of an indictment against a medical student who allegedly forged signatures to obtain funding for a student organization in Athens, Ohio. Mr. Koffel negotiated diversion and a dismissal for the client.

    Brad Koffel successfully defended a CEO accused by his own daughter of raping her in Columbus, Ohio. During the course of representation, steps were taken to illuminate his client’s innocence while getting his daughter the mental health help she desperately needed.

    Brad Koffel obtained a Not Guilty verdict for an executive charged with domestic violence against his wife in Delaware, Ohio. The (now ex-) wife fabricated a story in order to gain leverage in domestic relations court regarding the custody of their children. The jury was out less than 30 minutes before finding Mr. Koffel’s client Not Guilty.

    Brad Koffel successfully defended a local police chief in Delaware, Ohio who was accused of drunk driving. The police chief was charged with DUI/OVI as well as a felony for having a firearm on him while allegedly impaired. All charges were dropped against Mr. Koffel’s client.

    Brad Koffel had rape charges dismissed in Delaware, Ohio against his client just days before a jury trial was to commence. The client, a jeweler in Columbus, Ohio, was accused by a houseguest of sexually assaulting her as she slept in a spare bedroom. The client absolutely denied the accusation as did the client’s wife. The client did enter an “Alford plea” whereby he maintained his innocence and was placed on probation for a lesser charge.

    Over nearly 8 months of Brad Koffel successfully defended a Canadian YouTube celebrity charged with causing false alarms in Columbus, Ohio that could have adversely impacted his ability to travel to the United States. The case was resolved with a minor misdemeanor.

    Brad Koffel successfully defended a former NFL quarterback and Heisman Award winner charged with DUI twice in 2 years – both cases were reduced to lesser charges, in Columbus, Ohio.

    Brad Koffel obtained a Not Guilty verdict for his client indicted on Aggravated Vehicular Homicide. Mr. Koffel’s client was charged after he struck and killed a motorcyclist in Columbus, Ohio. The client tested over twice the legal limit. However, Mr. Koffel learned that the client suffered from an undiagnosed condition that caused sudden fainting episodes (vasovagal syncope). At trial, the client’s cardiologist testified that it is just as likely that the fainting was the cause of the collision. Mr. Koffel also showed the jury a computer animation that reconstructed the last 5 seconds of the client’s travel before impact that was consistent with the client being unconscious as opposed to intoxicated. A toxicologist testified for the defense that it was unlikely that the client would lose consciousness at a .167% BAC.

    Brad Koffel successfully defended an All-American football player accused of raping a freshman girl at an off-campus hotel room in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Koffel’s investigation disclosed numerous inconsistencies with the accuser’s statement resulting in the prosecutor’s office declining to indict the client.

    Brad Koffel successfully represented a college football coach accused of harassing his ex-wife in Delaware, Ohio. The case made national news and resulted in Coach Urban Meyer being suspended for 3 games. However, Mr. Koffel’s client was not guilty of the conduct described in the media. As part of a resolution, he agreed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct.

    Brad Koffel obtained a Not Guilty verdict for his client, the son of a police officer, who was charged with DUI and almost running over several police officers in Delaware, Ohio. At trial, 5 police officers testified against Mr. Koffel’s client that he was intoxicated and should not have been driving. The jury found Mr. Koffel’s client Not Guilty in under one hour.

    Brad Koffel obtained a Not Guilty verdict in Delaware, Ohio, for a local mom who was arrested and charged with permitting underage drinking at her son’s graduation party at the family home in Powell. About 70 high school kids were present in the backyard and pool area when neighbors called in about the noise. Numerous local police officers responded due to the size of the party. At trial, Mr. Koffel successfully convinced the jury that the family had taken all reasonable steps to prohibit alcohol and monitor the party.

    Brad Koffel successfully defended a police officer charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide after making a left turn in front of a motorcycle and killing the motorcyclist in Lima, Ohio. Mr. Koffel’s investigation into the cause of the collision disclosed two substantial errors on the part of the detectives and accident reconstructionist. First, the police officer was not texting while driving and second, the Ohio State Patrol seriously under-estimated the speed of the oncoming motorcyclist. Mr. Koffel’s client entered a plea to a misdemeanor and received a suspended jail term.

    Brad Koffel negotiated dismissal of homicide charges against a mother whose 11 month old child drowned in a bathtub in Zanesville, Ohio. The mother was wrongly accused of child endangering and homicide as a result of a rush to judgment by the detectives.

    Brad Koffel obtained a dismissal of rape charges in Title IX hearing for local college student in Columbus, Ohio. The accuser and 5 witnesses testified against Mr. Koffel’s client. Mr. Koffel’s client testified in his own defense.

    Brad Koffel obtained probation for a probate lawyer accused of stealing funds intended for a minor child in Columbus, Ohio despite the detectives and prosecutor urging for prison.

  • 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.