Stephen Palmer


Stephen E. Palmer is a trusted Columbus criminal defense attorney of more than 25 years. He has developed a distinctive approach to criminal defense work by making a sincere effort to know each of his clients on a personal level. Steve recognizes that no two cases are the same, and neither are his clients’ needs. He believes that criminal defense is not just about representing a client in court; it’s about helping clients craft solutions to their problems. Steve reaches solutions through careful contemplation of all facets of a client’s problems—not just the black and white legal issues.

After more than 25 years counseling clients and countless jury trials, Steve is comfortable and capable of handling any matter inside (and outside) the courtroom. He draws upon his vast experience to find the right experts, investigators, and consultants to meet the needs of each individual case and client. And when confronted with problems outside his practice area, he can help find the right person for the job. He has an extensive referral network of attorneys who practice other areas of the law.

Steve has been included in the Ohio Super Lawyers list for the last six years and was included in Columbus Business First’s 20 People to Know in 2014. He is also a long-standing member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Steve remains active in the Ohio State Bar Association, speaking regularly on various criminal defense topics, ranging from evidence, trial practice, ethics, and virtually any other area of criminal law.

He joined Eric J. Yavitch, in 1997 to form Yavitch & Palmer, located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Steve works in all aspects of criminal defense, from OVI/DUI charges to white collar crimes to child abuse and domestic violence. He has practiced in courts all over the State of Ohio and in federal courts in Ohio and elsewhere. He has provided consulting services for other attorneys involved in all types of criminal cases. And he is willing to travel to offer help to solve clients’ problems anywhere.