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
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Past president, Dayton Chapter
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • National Association of Former United States Attorneys, member
  • The Federalist Society
  • United States Senator Rob Portman Service Academy Nominations Board, chairman
  • United States Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown Bipartisan Judicial Advisory Commission
  • United States Senator Rob Portman United States Attorney Screening Committee, past chairman
  • Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee, Southern District of Ohio, past member
  • Ohio Elections Commission, appointed commissioner by Governor John Kasich
  • City of Powell 
    • Past elected city councilman
    • Charter Review Commission, past chairman
    • Comprehensive Plan Review Committee, past chairman
  • Greater Powell Veterans Memorial Foundation, past chairman
  • Ohio Board of Building Appeals appointed by Governor Bob Taft, past chairman
  • Olentangy Local School District, Board of Education, past president
  • Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Foundation, Board of Trustees, past member
  • University of Rio Grande, Board of Trustees, past member
  • The Wellington School, Board of Trustees, past secretary and member
  • The United States Naval Academy Information Program, area coordinator
  • United States Senators George Voinovich and Mike DeWine Service Academy Nominations Board, past chairman
  • Congressman Steve Stivers, Service Academy Nominations Board, past chairman
  • United States Navy (Retired) Vietnam Veteran, Captain


  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers®
    • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
    • Regulatory Enforcement Litigation (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
    • "Lawyer of the Year" Columbus for Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • 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)