Dominy Law Firm

Firm Overview

The Dominy Law firm represents clients charged with DUI/OVI in Columbus and the central Ohio area. Attorney Shawn Dominy authored the book 'I Was Charged With DUI/OVI-Now What?!' As the subtitle indicates, the book explains 'What You Need To Know Before Going To Court And Before Hiring A Lawyer For DUI/OVI In Ohio'. If you have been charged with DUI/OVI and are looking for information, this book is a great place to start. You can also find valuable information on DUI/OVI in Columbus and central Ohio on the Dominy Law Firm website and the Dominy Law Firm blog. If you complete your research and would like to speak with an attorney regarding your situation, please contact the Dominy Law Firm.
Main Office
1900 Polaris Pkwy
Columbus  OH  43240
  • (614) 717-1177
  • (614) 717-1188


Free Initial Consultation?
The Dominy Law Firm offers a free initial phone consultation which typically lasts about 30 minutes.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
The Dominy Law Firm charges flat fees, so clients know at the beginning the total amount of the fee.
Hourly Rates
This is not applicable.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Emergency After Hours
The Dominy Law Firm is focused on DUI/OVI defense and Vehicular Homicide/Vehicular Assault defense.
Attorney Shawn Dominy has completed extensive training in DUI/OVI. That training includes:

*D.W.I. Means Defend With Integrity, National College for D.U.I. Defense, Annually (2005-present)
*DWI Detection And Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association Of Chiefs Of Police (IACP), 2005.
*Basic Science of Evidential Breath Alcohol Testing and BAC DataMaster, National Patent Analytical Systems, 2007
*Summer Session at Harvard University, National College for D.U.I. Defense, 2007
*Speak Like A Leader, Homoly Communications Institute, 2009
*Winter Session at Atlantis, National College for D.U.I. Defense, 2009
*Blood & Urine Testing Using Gas Chromatography, Lyons & Lyons, 2010
*Intoxilyzer 8000, Zager Forensics, 2011
*Summer Session at Harvard University, National College for D.U.I. Defense, 2012
*Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association Of Chiefs Of Police (IACP), 2014
*Forensic Gas Chromatography, American Chemical Society, 2015

Shawn Dominy also has extensive experience in jury trials and motion hearings. Dominy puts that training and experience to work for clients who are hoping to avoid an OVI conviction.

Attorney Shawn Dominy's recognition/awards include:
*Super Lawyers selection for Ohio DUI/OVI defense
*AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell
*10.0 rating from Avvo
*Client's Choice Award from Avvo
*Top 100 Trial Lawyers selection from National Trial Lawyers
*Top Lawyer selection from Columbus CEO Magazine

Shawn Dominy is a member of several professional associations:
*DUI Defense Lawyers Association (Founding Member)
*National College for DUI Defense
*National Advocacy For DUI Defense
*National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
*Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (OVI Committee)
*Ohio Bar Association
*Columbus Bar Association (Former Chair, Criminal Law Committee)
*Delaware Bar Association
*Better Business Bureau
*Powell Chamber of Commerce

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

One of my influences during high school was a prosecuting attorney, so I have been interested in criminal law from an early age. During my undergraduate work, I studied Criminology and Political Science. During law school, I took elective courses in the area of criminal law.
As my career advanced, I became increasingly interested in DUI/OVI defense. I found these cases are deceptively complex, and I became dedicated to developing expertise in this area.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I recommend that clients become educated about the law that applies to their situations. I am in favor of clients educating themselves on legal issues, but I would advise people to be cautious in what they conclude when reading from second-hand sources rather than directly from statutes, regulations, and cases.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review documents prepared by my clients, but this situation does not arise frequently in criminal and DUI/OVI cases.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I would not want my doctor to coach me on how to perform my own surgery, and I do not recommend that people represent themselves in DUI/OVI cases or criminal cases.

Shawn R. Dominy

I have practiced criminal defense for my entire career. In law school, I worked for a criminal defense attorney. After graduating from law school in 1997, I formed a partnership with that attorney. In 1999, I opened my own office.

I have handled thousands of cases, ranging from speeding tickets to murder, and everything in between. I have taken many cases to trial. Although this may be a client's first time facing this experience, I have been there before.

I have undergone specialized training for DUI/OVI defense, including a program in the science of evidential alcohol testing, classes in field sobriety testing, courses in blood/urine testing, and courses through the National College for DUI Defense.My strength is that I focus my practice on one area of law so I can do it with excellence.

My goal is to effectively represent my clients. To that end, I conduct thorough research and analysis of the facts and the applicable law, then communicate effectively with my clients, prosecutors and judges. Effectiveness does not equal aggressiveness. I communicate with prosecutors and judges with professionalism and respect, just as I do with my clients and people in general.

Personal interests: I play drums at my church and for a local band.
  • Bar Number: 0068108
    Ohio , 1997
  • The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1997
    Columbus, OH
  • The Ohio State University
    B.A. , 1993
    Columbus, OH
    Political Science (major) & Criminology (minor)

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