Cleveland Criminal Defense Law Firm

Attorney James M. Kersey is the founder and principal of the law firm of the same name based in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Kersey’s legal practice has been focused exclusively on criminal defense for more than 46 years. He has tried more than 400 jury trials, including 95 aggravated murder cases and 52 death penalty cases. He has attained more than 82 jury verdict wins, including 14 aggravated murder cases and one death penalty case.

In 2009, Mr. Kersey represented a client accused of "double murder," and won two acquittals on his client’s behalf. His law firm has handled a significant number of high-profile cases, defending political figures, celebrities and sports personalities.

In his white collar criminal defense practice, lawyer James Kersey has tried several state and federal RICO cases, and has also represented lawyers and medical doctors accused of various white collar crimes.

Mr. Kersey is a member of:

  • The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, member and past president
  • Recipient of the John Butler Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Criminal Trial Work
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Super Lawyer Listing 2010, 2011,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019

Mr. Kersey has authored numerous articles on the subject of criminal trial practice, spoken at length on matters involving criminal law, and served as an expert in the area of firearms and ballistics.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Criminal Defense
  • White Collar
  • Federal, Sex Crimes
  • Drug Violations
  • DUI
  • Traffic

Call James Kersey today at 216-710-5430 to arrange your initial consultation.

Attorney James M. Kersey

Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio, 1973


  • The Citadel, B.A., 1965

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • President, Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2002
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Lawyers Handbook for Firearms and Ballistics"

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