D. Michael Crites

P: (614) 628-6934
F: (614) 628-6890

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.

Mike counsels and represents corporations, senior corporate executives, boards of directors, elected officials, banks, 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 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, 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.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • National Association of Former United States Attorneys
  • United States Senator Rob Portman Service Academy Nominations Board, Chair
  • Powell City Council, Member
  • Captain, United States Naval Reserve (Retired)


  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Regulatory Enforcement Litigation
  • Named to the “Top Lawyers 2014” 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)