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Douglas E. Riddell, Esq.


Douglas E. Riddell, Esq.


Attorney Douglas Riddell focuses his practice exclusively on the defense of DUI/OVI, criminal and traffic charges.  Throughout his career, he has represented thousands of clients facing OVI, traffic, and criminal charges, gaining extensive experience in courtrooms throughout Ohio.

Doug is originally from Anderson Township, Ohio.  After graduating from Anderson High School, he went on to graduate from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s degree in political science.  After college, Doug returned to Cincinnati and obtained his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

After law school, Doug quickly began to focus his interest in the area of criminal defense.  He began his career and honed his courtroom skills serving for nearly five years as a public defender in Franklin County, Ohio (Columbus) where he defended hundreds of clients facing criminal misdemeanor charges.   After several years in public service, Doug founded Riddell Law with the goal of combining top notch service, aggressive defense strategies, and affordable fee structures.  As the founder and managing attorney at Riddell Law, Doug works tirelessly for his clients to minimize the impact criminal charges have on their lives and careers.

Award & Recognitions

  • Certified in the Approved Curriculum for DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Course designed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  Doug has completed the same training required of Ohio police officers to conduct roadside field sobriety testing.
  • Lexis-Nexis / Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating.   The AV Preeminent® Rating is the highest possible rating given by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review for a lawyer and is established wholly on a peer-review basis. The AV Preeminent designation signifies that Doug Riddell has been rated by judges and fellow attorneys as having the highest possible rating for legal abilities and ethical standards.   Find out more information about this award.
  • Listed, Ohio SuperLawyers, Rising Stars.  Ohio Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.  The Rising Stars list consists of selected attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.  No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the list.
  • Rated 10.0/10.o on  Doug has received the highest possible rating – 10/10 – by   To determine ratings, Avvo evaluates a lawyer’s background.  The rating is calculated using a mathematical model that considers the information shown in a lawyer’s profile, including a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.
  • Client Distinction Award, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.  Less than 1% of the 900,000 attorneys listed on and have been awarded this Martindale-Hubbell honor of distinction.  This honor is awarded based upon client nominations and ratings in the following areas: communication, responsiveness, quality of service and value for money.

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Federal District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Federal District Court, Northern District of Ohio


Speaking Engagements

  • OVI/DUI Law, Second Chance Counseling Driver Intervention Program
  • OVI/DUI Law, Crossroads Recovery Services Driver Intervention Program


  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., Political Science, 2002
  • University of Cincinnati, J.D., 2005
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