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  • Proven Record Winning Tough Criminal Cases
  • Over 25 Years Of Experience
  • Long List Of Courtroom Victories
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Koenig & Owen is a Criminal and DUI defense firm based in Columbus, Ohio with a proven record winning tough criminal cases.

Lawyers practicing with our firm have won NOT GUILTY verdicts in Aggravated Murder, Murder, Manslaughter, and Vehicular Homicide cases.  But most of our clients are not suspects for murder or other violent crimes such as rape, burglary, or assault.  That’s because we defend all types of criminal cases from domestic violence to drunk driving (DUI or OVI) to drugs and narcotics, to business and other white-collar cases.

Most of our clients are very good people accused of being on the wrong side of the law.

But the point is this – even in the most serious of all cases, our lawyers are not afraid to win.

What distinguishes our firm from others is our record of Courtroom Victories.

Our lawyers’ record of winning NOT GUILTY jury verdicts has continued for 30 years, and puts us in a better position to represent our clients, even if the case is ultimately resolved through a negotiated plea bargain because prosecutors know that we will not hesitate to go to trial.  The firm’s impressive record winning NOT GUILTY jury verdicts is chronicled in Courtroom Victories and in News Articles.


Columbus criminal defense attorney James Owen

The firm’s founder, attorney James D. Owen, was named “Ohio Super Lawyer” by Cincinnati Magazine and the Center for Law and Politics beginning in 2006 and continuing through 2014.  This designation is awarded to only 5% of Ohio’s practicing attorneys, and designated him as having received the highest degree of peer recognition and achievement among practicing attorneys in Ohio.

Mr. Owen was also recognized by Columbus CEO magazine during that period as one of “Central Ohio’s Top Lawyers.”

Our attorneys’ legal work has been recognized by Ohio’s news media, including its established daily newspapers.  The Columbus Dispatch, for example, published a Sunday article entitled “The Defense Never Rests,” that recognized our founder’s work and accomplishments as a criminal defense lawyer.

The Akron Beacon Journal, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Pittsburg Post Gazette, Playboy, and Cincinnati Magazine have all published articles recognizing his legal work and record of winning cases.

Please click News Articles to see first-hand what the news media has to say about our lawyers’ legal work.


Our lawyers fight for the best possible results.  Because a success is important to us, we only take cases in which we are fully equipped to handle.  We generally limit our representation to matters involving criminal or drunk driving defense.  Our experience in criminal law enhances our ability to successfully defend our clients.  Our experience includes:

  • Felony Offenses
  • Misdemeanor Cases
  • Appeals
  • Post Conviction Remedies
  • Federal Habeas Petitions and Litigation
  • Probation Violations
  • Drunk Driving DUI/OVI Defense
  • Juvenile Offenses and Juvenile Law

The types of cases we have defended include:

  • Homicides, including Aggravated Murder, Death Penalty Murder, Murder, Felony Murder, Voluntary Manslaughter, Involuntary Manslaughter, Reckless Homicide, Negligent Homicide, Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, and Vehicular Homicide.
  • Drug offenses, including Aggravated Trafficking, Trafficking in Drugs, Drug Possession, and Drug Abuse in State and Federal Court.
  • Assault cases, including Felonious Assault, Aggravated Assault, Assault, Aggravated Menacing, Menacing, and Domestic Violence.
  • Sex offenses, including Rape, Attempted Rape, Sexual Battery, Gross Sexual Imposition, Sexual Imposition, Importuning, and Voyeurism.
  • Weapon charges, including Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Weapons Under Disability, Improper Transportation of a Firearm, and related offenses in both State and Federal Court.
  • Property and theft offenses, including Aggravated Burglary, Burglary, Breaking and Entering, Criminal Trespass, Aggravated Robbery, Robbery, Fraud, and Theft.
  • Business crime and White Collar offenses, including tax evasion, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, and securities violations.
  • Drunk driving, commonly referred to as DUI, and which in Ohio is referred to as OVI.
  • Traffic offenses, including Driving Under Suspension and related offenses.