Anthony R. Cicero

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National Board of Trial AdvocacyMr. Cicero is one of a select few attorneys in Ohio that is Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Criminal Defense Law Specialist. He brings this expertise and experience to his representation of individuals in State and Federal Court charged with all manner of crimes, including Murder, Rape, Burglary, Robbery, Assault, Drug Crimes, OVI/DUI, and serious white collar offenses such as Money Laundering and Tax Evasion.

Mr. Cicero also acts as a general consultant and litigation attorney to several corporations in regard to civil and criminal regulations applicable to their respective businesses, including Tax, Liquor, Occupation Safety and Health Administration, and The National Labor Relations Act.

In addition, Mr. Cicero maintains a strong civil practice, having obtained millions of dollars for clients injured by auto accidents, medical negligence, toxic torts, sexual harassment, workplace discrimination, wrongful termination, and civil rights violations. His criminal defense background creates a particular zeal for civil rights matters, including actions for the misuse and abuse of the police power by excessive force, malicious prosecution, and unlawful search and seizure.

Appointment / Recognition

In January of 2000, Mr. Cicero was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court’s Rules Advisory Committee, now known as the Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure, to represent the interests of all criminal defense lawyers during the change and development of the rules that apply to all attorneys practicing in Ohio. His second term expired at the end of 2006.

On July 1, 2010, Mr. Cicero received the Champion of Justice Award from the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for his efforts advocating on behalf changes to Ohio Criminal Rule 16.  The Rule was changed to allow for a more open discovery process in criminal cases throughout Ohio, helping to ensure that every individual charged with a crime receives the information necessary to mount a zealous defense.  Mr. Cicero began his efforts while working on the Ohio Supreme Court’s Rules Advisory Committee many years earlier, which finally reached fruition in 2010.


University of Dayton School of Law, 1995
University of Wisconsin, 1992
BA Degrees: Philosophy, Political Science
State of Ohio
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals – Sixth Circuit
United States District Court – Southern District of Ohio
United States District Court – Northern District of Ohio
Dayton Bar Association
Greene County Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Board Member
Ohio Association for Justice
American Association for Justice

Noteable Cases

State v. Selvage (1997), 80 Ohio St. 3d 465, 687 N.E.2d 433 (Violation of Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial)

State v. Wilcox (August 1, 2008), Montgomery App. No. 22308, 2008 Ohio App. LEXIS 3269 (Fourth Amendment-Illegal Vehicle Search)

State v. Hill (November 17, 2006), Montgomery App. No. 21604, 2006 Ohio App. LEXIS 6091 (Fourth Amendment-Reasonable Suspicion Stop & Frisk)

State v. Abner (Sept. 1, 2006), Montgomery App. No. 20661, 2006 Ohio App.
LEXIS 4523. (Aggravated Murder conviction reversed for exclusion of favorable evidence and ineffective assistance of trial counsel)

State v. Kemper (Nov. 12, 2004), Clark App. Nos. 2002-CA-101 and 2002-CA-102, 2004 Ohio App. LEXIS 5520 (Conviction reversed for ineffective assistance of counsel)

State v. Hunter (Aug. 15, 2003), Montgomery App. No. 19800, 2003 Ohio App. LEXIS 3829 (Fourth Amendment-Knock and Announce Rule)

Centerville v. Reno (July 3, 2003), Montgomery App. No. 19687, 2003 Ohio App. LEXIS 3416 (Dismissal due to Defective Criminal Complaint)

State v. Geter (Sept. 28, 2001), Montgomery App. No. 18779, 2001 Ohio App. LEXIS 4362 (Fourth Amendment-Reasonable Suspicion Stop & Frisk)

State v. Lewis (Sept. 14, 2001), Montgomery App. No. 18735, 2001 Ohio App. LEXIS 4094 (Reversal due to improper sentencing)

State v. Morris (June 1, 2001), Montgomery App. No. 18649, 2001 Ohio App. LEXIS 2469 (Fourth Amendment-Reasonable Suspicion Stop & Frisk)

State v. Turner (May 18, 2001), Montgomery App. No. 18554, 2001 Ohio App. LEXIS 2214 (State appealed trial court’s decision denying State’s request to remove Cicero as defense counsel. Appeal failed, on remand jury acquitted in fifteen minutes)

State v. Craig (Feb. 2, 2001), Montgomery App. No. 18519, 2001 Ohio App. LEXIS 348 (Violation of Statutory Right to a Speedy Trial)

State v. Lemanski-Jester (Nov. 12, 1999), Montgomery App. No. 7827, 1999 Ohio App. LEXIS 5386 (Fourth Amendment-Reasonable Suspicion Stop & Frisk)

Dayton v. Lowe (Dec. 31, 1997), Montgomery App. No. 16358,
1997 Ohio App. LEXIS 5957 (Confession suppressed on Fourth Amendment grounds)

State v. Murphy (November 2014), 14 CRB 1971, Criminal Tools Acquittal, Hung Jury: Soliciting Prostitution (Entrapment Defense)

State v. Gearhart (January 2011), 09 CR 4287, Abduction and Assault Acquittal

State v. Paschal (April 2010), 09 CRB 9769, Aggravated Menacing Acquittal

State v. Reid (May 2009), 09 CRI 11, Theft Acquittal

State v. Reed (August 2008), 08 CR 88, Felonious Assault Acquittal

State v. Copits (July 2007), 07 CR 815, Robbery Acquittal

State v. McConville (August 2006) 2005 CRB 1397, Vehicular Manslaughter Acquittal

State v. Pickel (January 2005), Domestic Violence Acquittal

State v. Smith (April 2004) 2003 CR 4121, Rape<13 (life sentence) Hung Jury, Dismissed upon plea to misdemeanor, time served

State v. Chaney (March 2003) 2002 CR 1389, Felonious Assault Acquittal

State v. Turner (October 2001) 2000 CR 1308, Burglary Acquittal

State v. Hawkins (July 2001) 2001 CR 3, Agg. Burglary, Robbery, Felonious Assault-Acquittal on all charges

State v. Billings (July 2000) 97 CR 1699, Gross Sexual Imposition, Acquittal after jury hung in first trial

State v. Horne (June 1999) 98 CR 4122, Possession of Cocaine, Acquittal

State v. Rose (May 1999) 98 CR 3734, Passing Bad Checks, Dismissed by State after cross-examination of first witness

State v. Jackson (October 1998), Aggravated Menacing, Acquittal

State v. Philpot (January 1998), 97 CR 320, Robbery, Acquittal

State v. Staton (November 1997), 97 CR 1287, Possession of Cocaine, Acquittal

State v. Houston (March 1997), 96 CR 2064, Rape, Acquittal