David K. Greer
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Appeals Court Reverses Juvenile Court's Denial of Suppression; Overturns Robbery, Felonious Assault Delinquency Adjudications
On July 21, 2015, the Tenth District Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the Franklin County Juvenile Court, which had upheld a magistrate's decision declining to suppress the statements of Attorney David K. Greer's client to a Columbus police detective.  The appeals court ruled that the detective used "intentionally misleading" and "deceptive" tactics to secure the client's confession in a robbery and felonious assault case.
The case stemmed from a July 2013 incident in which the client was arrested along with several other juveniles on suspicion of attacking an individual at Comfest.  At around 4 AM on July 1, 2013, the detective interrogated the client.  The client was only 13, and no parent was present.  He had also been in handcuffs four hours, and there was no evidence that the client had been offered food or drink by the police prior to the interrogation.  Moreover, the interview room was cold, the client was yawning and tired, and he had to wait 50 minutes in the interrogation room for the detective to arrive.
The client tried to explain his innocence, but the police detective didn't want to hear it.  The detective alluded to the possibility of a 28-year prison sentence, but implied this result could be avoided if the client confessed to his part in the attack.  Since the client was a juvenile with no prior record, the appeals court stated that the mention of a 28-year prison sentence was "intentionally misleading and constitutes deceptive conduct", in that it was "not a truthful approximation" of the sentence he could have faced.  The detective also employed the deceptive tactic of telling the client that his friends had implicated him, when there was nothing to indicate this was true.
In addition to the client's statements being involuntary, the appeals court ruled there was no evidence the client understood his Miranda rights, other than signing a police form to that effect.  All the client understood was that, by signing the form, he could speak to the detective, not that he understood the consequences of waiving his constitutional right to remain silent, the court of appeals concluded.
Attorney Greer feels vindicated.  All along he believed the detective's interview tactics were egregiously improper, and his client's statements should be suppressed.  Several colleagues in the juvenile defense bar have congratulated David on this big win.  David is pleased that this case is now out there, as an illustration how not to conduct a juvenile interrogation, and that deceptive tactics will backfire.
The case was ultimately returned for a new trial before a different magistrate, minus the confession.  The client, now 15 and weary with the two-year prosecution, ultimately agreed to admit to a much lesser offense on condition there would be no further sanctions.  The original charges of robbery and felonious assault were dismissed by the state.  The juvenile court then closed the matter.
David poses with a copy of his winning brief in his office.  The client's juvenile adjudications for robbery and felonious assault were thrown out and he will now receive a new trial, this time without the unreliable confession.  The Franklin County Court of Appeals ruled it was involuntary, and in violation of Miranda.  The client was 13, and no parent was present during the interrogation.  The decision minced no words about the deceptive and misleading tactics the detective used to wring a confession out of David's client.

Judge's Order that Ex-Husband Must Reimburse Client 1/2 for Sons' Student Loans Upheld

After her ex-husband battled J.L., Attorney David K. Greer's client, in three appeals, she finally got what she wanted.  All J.L. wanted was that her ex-husband comply with what he had agreed in the dissolution decree between the parties in 1998, to share in the costs of their sons' college education.
After a trial, Judge S. Farrell Jackson of the Fairfield County Domestic Court fashioned a reimbursement plan in his ruling on March 21, 2014.  The judge ordered the ex-husband to reimburse J.L. for one-half of the sons' student loan payments as she makes them.  The judge also ordered J.L. to notify the ex-husband within seven days of her intent to contact the providers of student loans which are currently dormant, in order to set up a monthly payment plan and reactivate these loans.  If the ex-husband declines to participate in these discussions with the dormant loan providers, the judge allowed the client to negotiate a monthly payment plan on her own, and the ex-husband must pay one-half of whatever the client negotiates.  Again, all of this was in accordance with the parties' original dissolution decree in 1998, which required the ex-husband to share in the cost of the sons' college education.
The ex-husband appealed Judge Jackson's ruling.  On January 26, 2015, the Fifth District Court of Appeals upheld the judge's reimbursement order.  The appeals court noted that although the 1998 decree had ordered the ex-husband to share in the costs of the sons' college education, it was vague as to the actual mechanics of reimbursement.  However, the domestic court "has full power to enforce its decree and to order the payment of support arrearages", the appeals court stated.  Accordingly, "we find no error as a matter of law in the trial court's reimbursement plan", which had been rendered in response to Attorney Greer's motion to modify a 2007 judgment entry, which had originally set forth a reimbursement plan to implement the decree but was now outdated.
The ex-husband did not file a further appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court, so the case is now over.  The client is very pleased with the final outcome.  J.L. originally met with David in August 2011, even though his office was in the Cleveland area at that time.  The client drove all the way up from the Columbus area nevertheless, because she needed to file an appeal and was unhappy with her former lawyer.  With David's representation, the client won that original appeal in 2012.  She has been on the defending side in the two latter appeals filed by the ex-husband.  This latest successful appeal outcome for the client finally puts an end to the case.
The client, J.L., triumphantly displays a copy of the January 26, 2015 decision of the Fifth District Court of Appeals, standing next to Attorney David K. Greer.  The appeals court upheld the Fairfield County Domestic Court's decision that J.L.'s ex-husband must reimburse her 1/2 for payments she makes on the sons' school loans until all the loans are paid off.  After over three years and three appeals, the Fifth District's decision finally ends the litigation.  Needless to say, David is a fan of the 2014 National Champion Ohio State Buckeye football team.   
Client's Position Vindicated
It took over a year of litigation, but ultimately Brian Flint's position was vindicated.
Brian is the majority shareholder of a race car maintenance shop, Know Fear Motorsports LLC.  In 2011, he signed a lease on behalf of his company with a company on Columbus' west side as a location for Know Fear.  Two years later, Know Fear fell behind on its rent, a fact which Brian never denied.
But Brian tried to resolve things with the landlord before litigation or an eviction became necessary.  Twice in the late summer of 2013 he tried to meet with the landlord and discuss a resolution.  When Brian tried to meet with the landlord a third time, on September 9, 2013, he discovered that Know Fear had been locked out, with only a sign posted on the door.  The property of the business, and that of Brian's customers and associates, as well as his own property, were locked inside.  To his credit, Brian's initial concern was in retrieving the property of innocent third parties.  He tried writing and e-mailing the landlord's attorney, as instructed, but was met with the overly legalistic response that he must first identify and provide "proof of ownership" of each of the hundreds of items of property, which was impossible.
That's when Brian turned to attorney David K. Greer for help.  By this time, the dispute had escalated, with the landlord having filed suit against Know Fear Motorsports LLC, and Brian, as guarantor under the lease.
Other than answering the suit, Attorney Greer's first task was to negotiate with the landlord's attorney for his client's retrieval of the property.  Within a month, most of the property was returned.  Some items were lost or stolen however, and never recovered.  Attorney Greer therefore countersued the landlord for conversion, the legal name for the civil taking or misappropriation of someone else's property, in addition to punitive damages and attorney fees.
The case was now a huge mess.  But early on, in November 2013, to avoid unnecessary litigation, Attorney Greer and Mr. Flint met with the landlord's attorney and made a settlement offer.  It was flatly rejected by the landlord's attorney, who demanded several thousand dollars more to settle the case.  The landlord's settlement figure was based on a number of padded and bogus charges according to Brian, and certain disputed "CAM charges", which Brian refused to pay.
Because Brian's settlement offer was rejected, litigation became necessary.  Depositions were taken, and requests for admissions and interrogatories were served.  Each side filed opposing motions for summary judgment.  In October 2014, (now former) Judge Dan Hogan of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court overruled the landlord's motion for summary judgment as to Brian's counterclaim for conversion, punitive damages, and attorney fees.  The court thus ordered that Brian's counterclaim may proceed to trial. 
The case eventually came full circle.  On January 9, 2015, the parties met face-to-face, and the landlord accepted a settlement for the exact figure Brian had originally offered in November 2013, albeit less than $200 more.  With the settlement, the court case and counterclaim were then dismissed.
Thanks to David's representation, Brian, not surprisingly, feels vindicated.  His position all along was that he just wanted to pay his company's rent, and other legitimate costs associated with Know Fear's tenancy, which the settlement accomplished.  If the landlord had just met with him to discuss a resolution of the rental dispute in August 2013, the lockout, and the litigation, might have been unnecessary.
Brian is happy to say he has since found more suitable space for Know Fear Motorsports LLC, and at a much lower rent.  Oh, and if you need your race car worked on, see Brian.
Brian Flint stands next to Attorney David K. Greer with a copy of the court's dismissal of the lawsuit against Brian and his company, Know Fear Motorsports LLC.  Brian's position that he only wanted to pay what he legitimately owed his former landlord was ultimately vindicated, with the landlord agreeing to settle the lawsuit for essentially his original offer.  (Use of Mr. Flint's name and that of his company in this story was by permission.)
Legal Memorandum Leads to Juvenile Client's Acquittal of Robbery Charge

From what we often see on TV and movies about the legal profession, it is a spellbinding closing argument like Gregory Peck's in "To Kill a Mockingbird" that wins cases.  It sometimes does, but much more often, winning a case comes down to tireless legal research and tight legal writing.  Such was the case with one of attorney David K. Greer's clients who was charged with robbery in Franklin County Juvenile Court.
The case was tried before a visiting judge in late August 2014.  At the close of the state's case-in-chief, David orally argued that his client should be acquitted of the robbery charge because the state failed to meet its burden of proof.  The judge declined to rule on the acquittal right then.  Instead, the court invited the prosecutor and attorneys (this was actually a joint trial involving a total of four juvenile co-defendants) to submit a legal memorandum in support of each of their positions.
David's memorandum was only five pages long.  But in law, it is not length that matters.  What matters is tight-writing with impact, and great research.  And David found the perfect case.  The case was from another appellate district in Ohio, but it was exactly on point.
On October 31, 2014, after the judge carefully read David's memorandum and the state's response, David got the result he wanted for his client.  The judge granted his motion for acquittal, making his client (who had since become an adult) a free man.  Double jeopardy would bar any further criminal or delinquency proceedings against the client.
So the next time you're in litigation and looking for a lawyer, ask that lawyer if they have a lot of experience writing briefs.  Briefwriting is an extremely important aspect, if not the most important aspect, of litigation.
In his right hand, attorney David K. Greer holds a copy of the court's decision on October 31, 2014 acquitting his client of robbery in Franklin County Juvenile Court, arising from a police incident in Whitehall.  In his left hand, he holds a copy of his 5-page memorandum which was instrumental in the acquittal. 

Appeals Court Reduces Two of Client's Felonies to Misdemeanors
Attorney David K. Greer will represent just about any new client who wants his services, but is especially eager to take on small business owners who feel they have been unjustly accused by the government.  A store owner was convicted by a judge of five felonies for receiving stolen property.  The problem is, the property wasn't stolen.  It was all part of a sting operation.  The client, who was indicted for five felonies, maintains his innocence.
Prior to David's involvement with the case, the client hired a lawyer to represent him at trial.  The client was less than satisfied with the representation he received.  For whatever reason, the lawyer advised the client to waive his constitutional right to a jury trial.  Without a jury, the judge found the client guilty of all five counts.  The Franklin County Court of Appeals appointed David to handle the appeal.
On November 28, 2014, the appeals court reduced two of the client's felonies to misdemeanors.  The appeals court ruled the state produced insufficient evidence that the "stolen" property Attorney Greer's client allegedly received was valued at $1000 or more, which would make it a felony.  On May 20, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio declined to hear David's appeal of the three counts the appeals court left undisturbed as felonies.  The Chief Justice dissented from the ruling declining jurisdiction.
David Speaks to Credibility in Citing to the Record and Case Law in Appellate Practice
The need for appellate attorneys to accurately cite to the record and case law was one of the points Attorney David K. Greer stressed in a one-hour presentation at the Ohio Appellate Practice: Real-World Tactics, seminar on September 18, 2013.  The seminar was sponsored by the National Business Institute (NBI), and held at the Hilton Garden Inn Columbus Airport.  Attorney Greer was one of several distinguished faculty presenters at the seminar, which included the Hon. Judge John A. Connor of the Tenth District Court of Appeals.  David also spoke of the duty to advise of errors and malpractice, ethical issues regarding oral argument, civility toward opposing counsel and the court, and frivolous appeals.
David was pleased with his interaction with the attendees, a few of whom commended him for his presentation afterward.  "It was a rewarding experience and I enjoyed it," David said.  Although the seminar sponsor pre-selected David's general speaking topics, he felt they needed to be addressed, particularly that of accurately citing to the record and attorneys not overstating facts in their brief.  He pointed out in his presentation that appellate attorneys have a heightened duty of candor to the tribunal, in that credibility is especially important in the appellate court.
David thanks the NBI for the opportunity to speak on these issues, and the attendees who gave their attention and participation.
Attorney David K. Greer poses with a copy of the Ohio Appellate Workshop: Real-World Tactics brochure, a CLE seminar held on September 18, 2013 in Columbus.  David spoke on the subject of legal ethics in appellate practice. 
5 Tips for Writing a Winning Appellate Brief

Writing a winning appellate brief takes creative thought, and a lot of editing. Here are 5 tips for writing a winning appellate brief.

Tip #1

Briefs should be brief

One thing I've learned over the years is appellate judges have increasingly less time to read briefs, as caseloads have increased while the number of judgeships on each court have by and large remained the same. That means you're going to have to continually edit your brief, perhaps four or five times, and eschew points that don't really advance your argument. Don't think you have to impress your client by writing to the page-limit maximum. Make your main points stand out.

Tip #2

Write in short sentences

Run-on sentences with too many clauses and subclauses are difficult to read, and your argument will have less impact. This goes back to the point that judges have less time to read your brief, let alone try and understand your argument. Break up sentences into short declarative statements and avoid the use of passive voice. Also, don't be afraid to use commas! Commas are very important tools of understanding. As an example, consider the first sentence in this segment. It's easier to read with a comma between "read" and "and."

Tip #3

Try and come up with a creative angle before you write a word

Avoid hackneyed assignments of error which don't differentiate your case from dozens of others, like, "The judgment is against the manifest weight of the evidence." Instead say, "The trial court erred in awarding only $500 in damages when the evidence was undisputed that appellee has not paid anything toward his court-ordered reimbursement since 2009." Or, instead of "Appellant was denied the effective assistance of counsel," get to the thrust of how your client didn't get a fair shake by saying, "The defendant was denied the effective assistance of counsel when his lawyer advised that he reject the state's plea bargain, which would have resulted in a more favorable sentence." In other words, write arguments that will captivate the judges' interest and make them actually want to read your brief.

Tip #4

Don't include too many assignments of error

Unless it's a death penalty case, try and winnow your arguments into two or three, occasionally four, assignments of error at most. Appellate judges have told me in countless seminars that their ability to focus on a really good argument---perhaps your only good argument---is diluted by tangential arguments. Tell your client this reality, and ask if a longshot argument really should be included. Also, many appellate judges are skeptical of, say, 10 or 12 assignments of error, which may even come off as a personal attack of the trial judge. My personal guide is, if I'm not comfortable talking about it at oral argument, it won't be included in the brief. Another approach is to combine arguments into a single assignment of error.

Tip #5

Finally, use proper citation form

This issue is more important than you realize. Don't make the mistake that proper citation form is only for law clerks and geeks. Law clerks themselves have told me how the briefwriter's credibility is compromised when proper citation form isn't followed. I'm not talking about typos, but when the briefwriter obviously shows an ignorance of citation form. It's not as bad as misspelled words or bad grammar, but close. And you certainly don't want your improper citations to be a distraction from your substantive arguments.

Additional Resources


Should I try and handle an appeal myself?

Attorney Greer was asked this question by a gentleman in the state of Washington on Avvo.com.  Here was his response:
I'm not licensed in the state of Washington, but I think I can speak for most attorneys in saying that, if there is one area where you should retain the services of an attorney, it's in the area of appeals. And not just any attorney, but one who devotes a significant portion of his practice in the area of appeals.
Often trial courts will bend over backwards to help pro se litigants with court procedure, but the appeals court can be a trap for the unwary. A pro se litigant can lose on technical grounds, such as not knowing the difference between interlocutory appeals and final orders, "no just cause for delay" language, page limitations, citation form, even how the brief should be stapled. Appeals judges aren't ogres, but there are rules everyone has to follow.

Most important, apart from the minefield of technicalities in the court of appeals, you need to know how to write a succint, persuasive brief, and you absolutely must know the law. While it's always advisable to seek the services of an attorney, in the trial court you can often sort of get by, because often judges will try and help out pro se people and shepherd them through the process. In the appeals court however, the first impression the judges have of you is through your brief.

In short, don't try and do this yourself. Contact an appeals attorney licensed in Washington, and trust me, you'll save yourself a lot of grief. You know how there are some things you can try and do yourself and some things in which you should trust a professional? Doing an appeal is in the latter category.

OK, what if I hire an attorney to handle my appeal and I still lose?


The buck stops here.  If your case involves an interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, and you strongly feel the Ohio courts haven't treated you fairly, attorney David K. Greer can file a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.  Attorney Greer has been a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States since 1993.
Should I hire a new lawyer for the appeal?
Attorney Greer was asked this question on Avvo.com by someone in California recently.  This was his response:    
A brand new attorney for the appeal is always a good idea, for a couple of reasons. One, the appellate attorney needs to make an objective independent assessment of the various issues, without influence from the attorney who tried the case. Second, although true ineffective assistance of counsel is relatively rare, the appellate attorney needs to independently assess the job trial counsel did, if this is a criminal case.

As for your question, why can't the appellate attorney just "help" the original attorney, this is a bad idea because egos are involved, and the trial attorney may not like the appellate attorney pursuing an issue he didn't adequately address, or missed altogether. Besides, having two attorneys involved may be just as costly anyway.

What I would recommend is to hire your appellate attorney to meet with the trial attorney one time in his office, for an overview. The communication, and further expense, will end there, and then the appellate attorney can take over the case from there. I always try to meet with trial counsel before deciding on issues for the appeal, but fully realize that, in the end, the ultimate responsibility for formulating issues for the appeal is mine and mine alone. ...








Honors and Recognition
David's Presentation on the Legal Ethics of Electronically-Stored Information (ESI) Well-Received
On October 29, 2015, Attorney David K. Greer was honored to speak for one hour on the legal ethics of electronically-stored information (ESI) at the Holiday Inn in Worthington, Ohio.  Several attendees had interesting and challenging questions.  One of the more interesting aspects of David's presentation concerned unsolicited client reviews which are posted on an attorney's social media profile, such as on Avvo.  These reviews, particularly if they are highly favorable to the attorney, are sometimes at odds with state bar restrictions, but David explained that many such bar restrictions have been successfully challenged on First Amendment grounds.  In addition, David spoke on duties owed to clients, opposing counsel, and courts; ESI ethical issues in the courtroom; privilege waivers; the ethics of searching social networking sites; personal privacy concerns arising from modern database searches; and ethical duties when mining metadata.
The seminar was sponsored by National Business Institute (NBI), and was offered as continuing education credit for lawyers and paralegals.  David's presentation was part of a seminar entitled, "How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out)." 
If you missed that presentation, Attorney David K. Greer will be speaking at another NBI seminar on December 15, 2015 in Cincinnati.  That seminar covers hot topics in legal ethics, and David will be speaking on ethical issues surrounding attorney fees.  
David K. Greer Named One of Columbus CEO's Top Lawyers for 2015
In its April 2015 issue, Columbus CEO magazine has named Attorney David K. Greer one of its Top Lawyers for 2015, in the practice area of of appeals.
In the article, Editor Mary Yost writes, "Columbus CEO congratulates the lawyers who appear on this list.  They represent a wealth of immense legal talent in central Ohio, ready to address every legal need."
The magazine based its list on Avvo, a Seattle-based company company that rates and profiles attorneys nationwide.  "Avvo uses a proprietary algorithm to rate attorneys on a 10-point scale, factoring in peer endorsements as well as experience, education, training, speaking, publishing and awards.  These dynamic ratings are continuously refreshed based on new information gleaned from attorneys as well as from licensing and disciplinary authorities.", the article noted.  In other words, this wasn't just a high school popularity contest.
David wishes to congratulate the other lawyers who made Columbus CEO's list.  Here is the cover of the magazine, currently available in professional offices, libraries, and newsstands throughout central Ohio:
David Named a Super Lawyer Ten Years in a Row!
For the tenth year in a row, attorney David K. Greer has been named a Super Lawyer by the magazine.  For 2015, he was once again given the honor in the area of Appellate Practice.  In previous years he was honored in the areas of Criminal Defense (general) and General Litigation.
David's recognition as a Super Lawyer for 2015 appears in the latest issue of the magazine, the cover of which is shown below.  David wishes to congratulate the other lawyers in the state who have been named to the Super Lawyers panel by Thomson Reuters for 2015. 

Super Lawyers Reception, Columbus 2015
On January 15, 2015, a Super Lawyers reception was held at De NOVO Bistro and Bar in Columbus.  David here is pictured with attorney David Shroyer, partner with Colley Shroyer Abraham, a medical malpractice and personal injury firm in Columbus.  Super Lawyers receptions are more than just wine and cheese: the two Davids discussed the possibility of a co-counsel relationship on future cases. 

What Being Named A "Super Lawyer" Means:
Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers in more than 60 practice areas.  Ohio Super Lawyers magazine features the list of selected attorneys and is distributed throughout the state, as well as being published as a special section in Cincinnati Magazine, Columbus Monthly, Cleveland Magazine, and Inside Business.  David is one of only 16 lawyers in the state to receive the Super Lawyer distinction for Appellate Practice in 2015.
To become a member of the Super Lawyers panel, the magazine employs a selection process that includes:
1. Each year, Super Lawyers magazine invites lawyers to nominate the top attorneys they've personally observed in action.  Their attorney-led research staff also searches for lawyers who have attained certain honors or results.
2. Their researchers evaluate candidates by 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Research evaluations are based on information from a variety of online and database sources including law firm websites, legal publications and information supplied by lawyers at my.superlawyers.com.
3. Candidates are grouped according to their primary practice areas.  Candidates in each practice area who received the highest point totals in the steps above are asked to serve on a review panel.
4. For the final selection process, candidates are grouped into categories based on firm size.  The attorneys with the highest totals from each category are selected.  Thus, lawyers are grouped with other lawyers of comparable firm size.
For a more detailed description of the Super Lawyers selection process, visit superlawyers.com/selectionprocess. 
The magazine often profiles a "Super Lawyer" regarding some aspect of the lawyer's life other than practicing law.  In 2006, David was featured in the magazine and his second job as a radio DJ was highlighted.

And Speaking Of David's Radio Career...
David was also featured in the fall 2007 edition of OSU Alumni magazine.  David is an Ohio State University graduate (B.A. Journalism, 1983), and the article talks about his dual career as a lawyer and DJ.

Job Well Done
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit's 70th Conference was held in Columbus, Ohio May 4-7, 2010.  The blockbuster list of speakers included U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., former U.S. Solicitor and current U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr.

David served on the planning subcommittee for the conference, and received this letter of thanks from Sixth Circuit judges R. Guy Cole, Jr. and Jeffrey S. Sutton.


Career Highlights
May 1998: Along with co-counsel Andy Cecil, Esq., then with the firm Plymale & Associates, helped obtain a $155,000 settlement from the City of Columbus in a wrongful imprisonment and malicious prosecution civil rights lawsuit.

March 2000: Won a not guilty verdict from a jury in Franklin County Common Pleas Court for a client indicted for rape.  The client, who was an employee of the Sheraton Four Points Hotel at the time, was charged based on the allegations of a guest.
December 2000: Obtained a $103,000 judgment for a client in a malicious prosecution civil suit in Franklin County, Ohio Common Pleas Court.  The case emanated from an arrest and charge of assault following an altercation outside the Lennox Theatre in 1998. The charge was later dropped after it was discovered that the client was not involved in the episode.  The case was later settled on appeal.

May 2001: Franklin County Court of Appeals reversal of a default judgment, where client (an attorney) had been denied permission to file a late answer and counterclaim and then had a default judgment entered against her. The appeals court ruled that the Franklin County Municipal Court abused its discretion in doing so and ordered the answer and counterclaim reinstated.
March 2002: Combined jury and judge acquittal of a client indicted for attempted murder and felonious assault.

January 2004: U.S. District Court acquittal of a client indicted for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, after the court granted a motion to suppress certain statements made by the client to law enforcement personnel and a motion in limine to exclude evidence of prior drug use.  

March 2004: Franklin County Common Pleas Court acquittal of a client in a five-count rape indictment.
September 2004: Franklin County Court of Appeals reversal of an order imposing over $1,300.00 in restitution on a client, on double jeopardy grounds.
October 2013: A Franklin County Domestic and Juvenile Court magistrate rules in favor of David's client, denying the client's former boyfriend's motion for shared parenting and naming the client the sole residential parent and legal custodian of the parties' daughter.  The client had cared for the girl a majority of the time since birth.

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