Steven Adams

The Law Office of Steven R. Adams
8 West 9th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 929-9333
www.notguiltyadams.com


Steven R. Adams has been in the private practice of law since 2000. Prior to establishing his own private law practice, he was an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney for eight years. His law practice is focused on criminal and DUI defense. Mr. Adams has been qualified to administer the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests of NHTSA through the NHTSA Student Course (2001). In addition, Mr. Adams has successfully completed training for the NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor Development Training Program (2003). Mr. Adams has been deemed as an expert witness on standardized field sobriety testing in Hamilton County. He recently hosted a seminar on the Role of the Expert Witness in OVI/DUI Cases. Mr. Adams is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Hamilton County Bar Association and he serves as a board member for the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Adams is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association College. Mr. Adams received his B.A. degree from the University of Kentucky and his J.D. degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

STEVEN R. ADAMS - ATTORNEY AT LAW

A graduate of Salmon P. Chase, College of Law in 1990, Steven R. Adams is an attorney, whose practice emphasizes the representation of individuals accused of criminal offenses. He has been in private practice since August 2000.

After law school and some time spent as a law clerk, he spent eight years working as an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor. Beginning in the Juvenile Division and finishing in the Felony Criminal Division, where he prosecuted adult felony cases including murder, rape and other sex offenses, drug trafficking and abuse, robbery, burglary, felonious assault, arson, felony DUI, aggravated vehicular homicide and felony domestic violence.

Steve's numerous years of experience in the criminal law arena, have given him a tremendous amount of insight into the legal systems and workings of Hamilton County. He has seen the system from both sides and has a clear understanding of the work of Police Officers, Judges, Prosecutors, Victims and now the side of the Defense and the Accused.

In addition to his understanding of the legal world in Hamilton County, Steve has been very active in the community, serving as campaign manager for local political races, on the boards of local charities and civic groups and as a volunteer with Children's Hospital and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He has even represented Cincinnati in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship four times.

EDUCATION:

Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky, 1990 J.D.
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky B.A.

PROFESSIONAL:

Present - Attorney at Law - Emphasizing criminal defense, OVI / DUI, and traffic law

8/1999 to 7/2000 - Southwest Ohio Regional Representative for Joseph T. Deters, Treasurer, State of Ohio

11/1995 to 7/1999 - Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor - Felony Criminal Division - Managed all aspects of trial preparation for criminal felony cases. Prosecuted adult felony cases that occurred within Hamilton County including but not limited to murder, rape and other sex offenses, drug trafficking and abuse, robbery, burglary, felonious assault, arson, felony DUI, aggravated vehicular homicide and felony domestic violence. Also presented cases to Hamilton County Grand Juries on felony matters. Argued numerous motions to suppress evidence, and prosecuted probation violations and shock probation cases. Significant jury and court trial experience before Judges of the Common Pleas Court, as well as daily interaction and communication with Court of Common Pleas personnel and all area police departments.

6/1993 to 11/1995 - Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor - Municipal Division - Managed all aspects of trial preparation for criminal and traffic misdemeanor cases. Prosecuted adult misdemeanor cases including but not limited to DUI, domestic violence, speeding, license suspensions, other traffic violations, theft, sex offenses, assault, minor drug offenses and passing bad checks. Significant jury and court trial experience before Municipal Court Judges, as well as daily interaction and communication with Municipal Court personnel and all area police departments. In addition, argued motions to suppress evidence, set bond amounts, and handled numerous probation violation cases.

10/1991 to 6/1993 - Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor - Juvenile Division - Managed all aspects of trial preparation for juvenile criminal and traffic cases. Prosecuted felony and misdemeanor offenses including but not limited to traffic offenses, DUI, sex offenses, domestic violence, theft, robbery, burglary, arson, drug trafficking and abuse and felonious assault. Presented evidence on serious offenses, including murder, resulting in the juvenile being bound over and tried as an adult. Significant trial experience before Juvenile Court Judges and Magistrates, as well as daily interaction and communication with Juvenile Court personnel and all area police departments.

May, 1991 - Admitted to Ohio Bar

10/1990 to 11/1991 - Law Clerk for Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Norbert A. Nadel

1/1990 to 5/1990 - Law Clerk for Attorney Henry E. Sheldon (Cincinnati)

5/1989 to 12/1989 - Law Clerk for Attorney Kenneth H. Stone (San Diego, California)

5/1988 to 8/1988 - Law Clerk for Judge Dennis K. Cashman, Eighth Judicial Circuit of Illinois, Adams County

5/1987 to 8/1997 - Health Orderly for Illinois Veterans' Home (Quincy, Illinois)

LEGAL SEMINARS STEVEN R. ADAMS HAS TAUGHT:

- Speaker at the December 15, 2016 Seminar titled "Professionalism, Ethics & Substance Abuse Instruction: What Every Civil Lawyer Needs to Know About Criminal and DUI Law"

- Speaker at the March 10-12, 2016 Seminar with the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Steve spoke on 2 topics:
1. "The Art of War on The Motion To Suppress and Trial Preparation"
2. "Trial Skills Academy"

- Speaker at the March 12-14, 2015 Seminar with the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Two parts to the seminar:
1. "The Premiere Ohio DUI Defense Seminar"
2. "Trial Skills Academy"

- Speaker/Instructor on IIG for the Ohio State Bar Association in Columbus
- Speaker at the Annual OACDL Premier DUI Defense Seminar on Friday, March 7, 2014. Discussed Ohio Motion Practice and Hearings Basics
- Speaker at the 8th Annual "Diving Into a DUI Case" - A Legal Seminar in Key West, Florida on Thursday, February 20, 2014 and Friday, February 21, 2014. Two Seminars - Presentation Checkpoints and DUI Checkpoints in Search of Excellence
- On December 16, 2014 Steve hosted and taught "What Every Civil Attorney Needs to Know About Criminal Law"
- Speaker at the OVI Defense Update Seminar - The Ilg Case, in Columbus, Ohio on November 21, 2014
- On November 21, 2014, speaker on "OVI Defense Update" with the Ohio State Bar Association
- On October 2, 2013 CLE Titled "Defending an OVI case for public defenders" - Steve spoke about Discovery in OVI Cases, Overview Of SFST's and Compliance Challenges, Cross Exam Of Police Officer at MTS, and Voir Dire in OVI Cases
- Speaker at the annual KACDL DUI Defense Seminar on Friday, August 2, 2013
- Speaker at the Annual OACDL Premier DUI Defense Seminar on Thursday, March 7, 2013.
- Speaker for Appellate and Trial Practice Seminar on December 13, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio
- Speaker for What Every Civil Attorney Needs to Know About the DUI/Criminal Client on December 21, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio

- Speaker/Course Instructor for Diving Into a DUI Case Seminar, sponsored by Lyons & Lyons, on February 24, 2011 through February 25, 2011 in Key West, Florida
- Speaker/Course Instructor for Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Student Certification Course on April 29, 2011 through May 1, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio
- Speaker/Course Instructor for Strategies in Defending DUI Cases on September 30, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio

- Guest Speaker on DUI/OVI Defense at CLE Seminar hosted by the First District of Ohio, Hamilton County, Court of Appeals on October 8, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio
- Guest Speaker on DUI/OVI Defense at CLE Seminar hosted by Lyons and Lyons on November 24, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio
- Speaker/Course Instructor for What Every Civil Attorney Needs To Know About OVI Law on December 10, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio

- Speaker/Course Instructor for What Every Civil Attorney Needs To Know About OVI Law on December 11, 2009 and December 17, 2009 in Cincinnati Ohio

- Speaker/Course Instructor for OVI Law Changes in Criminal Law on January 19, 2009 at the University of Cincinnati College of Law in Cincinnati, Ohio

- Speaker/Course Instructor for DUI Strategies on December 2, 2008 in Cincinnati, Ohio

- Speaker/Course Instructor for DUI Strategies on December 11, 2007 in Cincinnati, Ohio

- Speaker/Course Instructor for Diving Into An OVI Case Mid Winter Seminar for Defense Attorneys, Prosecutor and Judges sponsored by Lyons & Lyons on January 25, 2007 through January 26, 2007 in Key Largo Florida

- Speaker/Course Instructor for Strategies in Handling DUI and OVI Cases on December 8, 2006 in Cincinnati, Ohio
- Speaker/Course Instructor for Strategies in Handling DWI and DUI Cases on September 27, 2006 in Lexington, Kentucky
- Speaker/Course Instructor for Strategies in Handling DWI and DUI Cases on August 19, 2005 in Cincinnati, Ohio

- Discussed Intoxilyzer 8000 - Current Trends and Upcoming Issues for DUI/OVI Cases presented by The Law Offices of Steven R. Adams, LLC on September 17, 2004

- Speaker/Course Instructor for Traffic Law Practices and Impaired Driving Law Issues in Ohio on May 21, 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio
- Moderator, the role of the Expert Witness

On the above referenced Courses, Steven R. Adams has spoken on the following topics:
- Jury Selection
- Breathalyzer / Intoxilyzer Machines
- Cross Examination of a Police Officer
- Demonstrative Evidence in DUI Cases
- Obtaining Discovery in DUI Cases
- Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
- Changes in OVI Law
- A Motion to Suppress and Suppression issues in DUI Cases
- Using Expert Witnesses in DUI / OVI Cases
- Public Records Request in DUI Cases
- Closing arguments
- DUI Checkpoints

QUALIFICATIONS:

- Selected to Ohio Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2016
- Top 50: 2016 CincinnatiSuper Lawyers - Top List
- Top 100: 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers - Top List

-AV-preeminent through the Martindale-Hubbell peer rating service.

- Steven R. Adams argued and won State v. Ilg in the Ohio Supreme Court in June 2014 (7-0).
- Steven R. Adams argued State v Athon in the Ohio Supreme Court in February 2013
- Steven R. Adams has completed Student and Instructor Qualification Course for administration and evaluation of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing according to NHTSA.
- Certified to operate BAC Data Master Breath Testing Machine.
- Certified to operate Intoxilyzer 5000 Breath Testing Machine.

- Certified to operate Intoxilyzer 8000 Breath Testing Machine.
- According to the First District Court of Appeals, Steven R. Adams is considered an expert witness for testimony and evaluation of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing See State v Ott (C-050337; C-050338; C-050339) and the BAC Data Master Breath Testing Machine. See State v Fisher (C-080497)
- Has been qualified in Hamilton County and Warren County as an Expert Witness in the subject area of DUI Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.
- Has been qualified in Hamilton County as a Expert Witness for the BAC Data Master Breath Testing Machine.

- Admitted to Practice in Federal Court, Southern District of Ohio

- Steven R. Adams has practiced in the Ohio Supreme Court on DUI and Criminal Cases.

State v McMillan (Defendant Appellant) 2008-1228 (Violation of Temporary Protection Order Case) - Supreme Court declined jurisdiction to hear the Case and dismissed the Appeal as not involving any substantial constitutional question.
State v Butler (Defendant Appellee) 2006-1756 (DUI Case) - Supreme Court declined jurisdiction to hear the Case and dismissed the Appeal as not involving any substantial constitutional question.
PUBLICATIONS AND ARTICLES:

2004 - A Few Practice Pointers for Ohio DUI Practitioners Regarding Recent Development in Ohio DUI Caselaw, NHTSA SFST Standards, and Preserving the Trial Record for Appeal - Written by Steven R. Adams, Esq. and Jared Squires, Esq.

2004 - Remedial Practice Pointers for Laying the Foundation for Your Expert Witness and Challenging Your Opponent. - Written by Steven R. Adams, Esq. and Jared Squires, Esq.

2008 - What Every Civil Attorney Needs To Know About Criminal Law - Written by Steven R. Adams, Esq.

ORGANIZATIONS:

Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member, National College of DUI Defense
Board of Directors, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member, Ohio State Bar Association
Member, Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Member, Cincinnati Bar Association
Member, Ohio State Bar Association College
Appointed, Criminal Justice Committee of Ohio State Bar Association
Marshal, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity (1988-1989)
Class Representative, Chase Student Bar Association (1987-1989)

CHARITABLE ENDEAVORS:

Annual Donor, Literacy Center West, Cincinnati, Ohio
Volunteer, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2001
Member, Greater Cincinnati Cystic Fibrosis Corporate Sports Challenge Committee, 2001
Member, Greater Cincinnati Cystic Fibrosis Corporate Sports Challenge Committee, 2000
Recipient, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Exemplary Commitment Award, 1997
Raised $5,000 for Greater Cincinnati Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1997
Raised $3,000 for Greater Cincinnati Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1996
Member, Team in Training; raising money for the Leukemia Society of America, 1995-1996
Committee Member, Founder's Dinner for a Cure raising money for American Diabetes Association, 1994

TRIATHLON ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

10/19/02 - Ironman Triathlon World Championship, Kona, Hawaii-2.4 mile Swim/112 mile Bike/26.2 mile Run / Top 32% in World

10/23/99 - Ironman Triathlon World Championship, Kona, Hawaii-2.4 mile Swim/112 mile Bike/26.2 mile Run/ Top 15% in World, Top 8% in USA, #1 out of 15 in Ohio, #1 Lawyer in World

1997 - Ironman Triathlon World Championship - Kona, Hawaii - Top 32% in World, Top 23% in USA, 3rd out of 17 in Ohio

1996 - Ironman Triathlon World Championship - Kona, Hawaii - Top 17% in World, Top 10.5% in USA, 1st out of 11 in Ohio, #1 Lawyer in World

OTHER ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

1989 - Swam 26.1 miles in 12 hours raising $1,700 for the American Diabetes Association and Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity

1988 - Swam 27.3 miles in 12 hours raising $3,000 for the American Diabetes Association and Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity

University of Kentucky Swim Team Member and Varsity Letterman

OTHER PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

1996 - Recipient, Editor's Choice Award from National Library of Poetry for published poem
1990 - American Jurisprudence Award, Sports Law
1989 - Recipient, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Most Outstanding Service Award
1987 - Member, National Dean's List
1987 - Academic All Southeast Conference
1987 - University of Kentucky Swim Team Spirit Award