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David H. Thomas

DAVID H. THOMAS is a partner in Taft’s Corporate Compliance and White Collar Criminal Defense practice. He is also the Litigation practice group leader for Taft Columbus. He counsels and represents companies, public officials, health care providers, and other professionals who are the subject of state and federal investigations and prosecutions involving the United States Department of Justice and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, as well as county prosecutors throughout the state. He also assists clients in responding to subpoenas from Government regulators, including federal agencies like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Drug Enforcement Administration and state agencies such as the Ohio Auditor’s Office, Ohio Ethics Commission, and Ohio Inspector General.

Dave brings a broad range of experience to Taft’s criminal defense practice. He has tried more than sixty cases in state and federal courts, in matters ranging from aggravated murder to corporate fraud and federal conspiracy. Dave has also argued in state and federal appeals courts and the Supreme Court of Ohio. He has served as lead counsel defending white collar cases ranging from ethics and public corruption to health care fraud, banking violations, Government contract fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, and environmental crime.

Dave also defends individuals in all state and federal criminal proceedings. He has substantial experience in the representation of clients struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues, as well as in the defense of complex criminal indictments.

Dave frequently provides presentations to attorneys on evidence and trial practice and he is board-certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Criminal Trial Advocate. He serves on the Board of Governors for the Columbus Bar Association, and is recognized in Best Lawyers in America and Ohio Super Lawyers for criminal defense. Dave was also named 2015 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for Columbus Criminal Defense: White Collar.

Awards and Honors

  • 2015 Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for Columbus Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America (criminal defense: white collar and non-white collar)
  • Board-Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Ohio Rising Stars (2011-2014) (Criminal Defense: White Collar)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers (2015-2017) (Criminal Defense: White Collar)

Professional Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
    • Board of Governors
    • Professional Ethics Committee
    • Pro bono work on Homeless Project
    • Advance Succession Planning Committee
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers