D. Michael Crites


Michael's 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 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 health care, 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 (FCA) matters, as well as OFAC economic sanctions, Arms Export Control Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) compliance.

Mike is 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)
  • United States Naval War College

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Court Admissions

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


  • American Bar Association 
  • Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee, Southern District of Ohio, past member
    • Appointed by chief judge
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Congressman Pat Tiberi Service Academy Nominations Board, past member
  • Congressman Steve Stivers, Service Academy Nominations Board, past chair
  • Congressman Mike Carey, Service Academy Nominations Board, current member
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Past president, Dayton Chapter
  • Federalist Society
  • Greater Powell Veterans Memorial Foundation, founder, past chair
  • Lancaster - Fairfield Community Action Agency, Board of Directors
  • Ohio Board of Building Appeals, past chair
    • Appointed by Governor Bob Taft
  • Ohio Elections Commission, past chair
    • Appointed by Governor John Kasich
  • Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Foundation, Board of Trustees, past member
  • Olentangy Board of Education, past elected member, past president
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Olentangy Rotary Club, co-founder, Board of Trustees, past member
  • City of Powell 
    • Past elected city council member
    • Charter Review Commission, past chair
    • Comprehensive Plan Review Committee, past chair
  • United States Attorney, Southern District of Ohio
    • Administrations of President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush
    • U.S. Attorney General Advisory Committee on International Affairs, past chair
    • Head of United States Delegation to the Council of Europe on International Money Laundering
  • United States Senator Rob Portman, Service Academy Nominations Board, current chair
  • United States Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown Bipartisan Judicial Advisory Board
  • United States Senators George Voinovich and Mike DeWine Service Academy Nominations Board, past chair
  • United States Senator Rob Portman United States Attorney Screening Committee, past chair
  • The United States Naval Academy Information Program, area coordinator
  • United States Navy
    • Captain USN (Retired)
    • Vietnam Veteran
  • University of Rio Grande 
    • Board of Trustees, past member
    • Executive Committee, past member
  • The Wellington School
    • Board of Trustees 
    • Board of Trustees, past secretary
    • Executive Committee


  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers®
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Columbus for Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) (2019)
    • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) (2022)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Top Lawyers by Columbus CEO Magazine
  • Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame
  • Public Policy Leadership Award from the Ohio Supreme Court
  • Ohio School Board Association Award
  • Commandant's Award from the United States Naval Academy,
  • University of Rio Grande, Masters Degree of Public Service (Honorary)