D. Michael Crites


D. Michael Crites’ practice focuses exclusively on white collar criminal defense and complex business litigation. As the former United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, he has years of grand jury and litigation experience in federal court and regularly litigates and negotiates global settlements of criminal, civil and regulatory matters on behalf of corporations and businesses throughout the United States. He also serves as Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General.

Mike counsels and represents corporations, senior corporate executives, boards of directors, elected officials, banks, public and private universities, trucking companies and hospitals in a wide range of federal and state investigations and prosecutions. He has guided his clients through a wide-range of high stakes government investigations, including antitrust, money laundering, environmental crimes, public corruption and campaign finance cases, as well as a number of economic crime and fraud cases relating to healthcare, transportation, financial, securities, tax, immigration, defense contracts and defense procurement matters. He has also handled Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Federal False Claims Act matters, as well as OFAC economic sanctions, Arms Export Control Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) compliance.

Mike is also frequently called upon by corporate clients to conduct confidential internal investigations to assist corporations in the different business sectors in assessing the risk of criminal prosecution or regulatory enforcement and advises corporate clients on corporate compliance and voluntary self-disclosure protocols.


  • Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law  (J.D., 1978)
  • United States Naval Academy  (B.S., 1970)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Southern District of Ohio
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • United States Senator Rob Portman Service Academy Nominations Board, chairman
  • United States Senator Rob Portman United States Attorney Screening Committee, chairman
  • United States Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown Bipartisan Judicial Advisory Commission, member
  • City of Powell, former elected city councilman
  • City of Powell Charter Review Commission, former chairman
  • City of Powell Comprehensive Plan Review Committee, former chairman
  • Greater Powell Veterans Memorial Foundation, former chairman
  • Ohio Board of Building Appeals, Appointed by Governor, former chairman
  • Olentangy Local School District, Board of Education, former president
  • Delaware Area Career Center, Board of Trustees, former member
  • The Olentangy Rotary Club, co-founder
  • Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Foundation, Board of Trustees, former member
  • University of Rio Grande, Board of Trustees, former member
  • The Wellington School, Board of Trustees, secretary and member
  • The United States Naval Academy Information Program, area coordinator
  • Westminster Thurber Community, Board of Trustees, former member
  • United States Senator Mike DeWine Service Academy Nominations Board, former chairman
  • United States Senator George Voinovich Service Academy Nominations Board, former chairman
  • Congressman Steve Stivers, Service Academy Nominations Board, former chairman
  • United States Navy (Retired) Vietnam Veteran, captain


  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Selected for the Ohio Super Lawyers® List, White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Named to the "Top Lawyers" list by Columbus CEO Magazine
  • Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame
  • Ohio Supreme Court, Public Policy Leadership Award
  • Ohio School Board Association Award
  • United States Naval Academy, Commandant's Award
  • University of Rio Grande, Masters Degree of Public Service (Honorary)