D. Michael Crites

P: (614) 628-6934
F: (614) 628-6890
As the former United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Mike has decades of grand jury and litigation experience in federal court and regularly negotiates global settlements of criminal, civil and regulatory matters on behalf of corporations and businesses. 

Mike leverages a practical, detailed approach to helping corporations, as well as senior executive officials and individuals, through a variety of state and federal investigations and prosecutions. He has guided his clients through a wide range of high-stakes investigations, including antitrust, money laundering, environmental crimes and export control cases, as well as a number of public corruption and fraud cases relating to healthcare, financial, securities, tax, defense contracts and defense procurement matters. He also has handled OFAC economic sanctions, Arms Export Control Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) compliance, the Federal False Claims Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters.

When an issue arises, Mike works efficiently to conduct an internal investigation and analyze the available options, understanding that each client has different tolerances and objectives. He then teams with his clients to craft a strategy that meets their objectives, both in mitigating their risk and improving their compliance programs moving forward. He has helped clients navigate through both criminal and civil matters that result from investigations, relying on his background to assess each situation and advises the company on the best course of action.

In addition to guiding clients through investigations, Mike also works proactively to help organizations identify potential problems and establish compliance programs. He also advises clients on the various voluntary self-disclosure protocols. Mike frequently speaks to audiences throughout the country and publishes timely articles on various white collar defense and government investigations issues.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • National Association of Former United States Attorneys
  • Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Board of Trustees
  • Former United States Attorney, Southern District of Ohio
  • Olentangy School District Board of Education, past President
  • Ohio Board of Building Appeals, past Chair
  • The Wellington School Board of Trustees, past member
  • The University of Rio Grande Board of Trustees, past member
  • Greater Powell Veterans Memorial Foundation, past President
  • Village of Granville, Ohio, past Law Director
  • Delaware-Union Educational Service Center Board, past member
  • United States Senator Rob Portman Service Academy Nominations Board, Chair
  • Congressman Steve Stivers Service Academy Nominations Board, Chair
  • Powell City Council, Member
  • Captain, United States Naval Reserve (Retired)


  • 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)
  • 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