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Federal Criminal Appeals in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus address – by appointment only:
175 South 3rd Street
Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215
Linda Julin McNamara
Attorney Linda Julin McNamara
Federal Appeals Team Lead
Former Deputy Chief, Appellate Division
Elizabeth Stepp
Attorney Elizabeth K. Stepp
Federal Appeals Team Lead
Partner & Yale Graduate
Nick Oberheiden
Attorney Nick Oberheiden
Federal Appeals Team Lead
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Unfortunately, not all trials are conducted fairly and correctly. Judges, attorneys, and other individuals involved in the legal process can make legal errors.

Thankfully, the federal criminal justice system in Ohio has safeguards in place for defendants who were wrongly convicted.

Challenging the verdict of the trial court can be intimidating, as the appeals process is largely unknown to the majority of defendants. However, you do not have to navigate this process alone. The federal criminal appeals lawyers at the national defense firm Oberheiden P.C. are prepared to defend your freedom and your rights.

Our team has a deep understanding of the appellate court system and has represented numerous clients in this legal arena. Defendants have the opportunity to overturn the trial court’s verdict and seek justice. Contacting our legal representatives early on in the appeals process is essential if you want to get the appellate results that you are looking for.

The Federal Criminal Justice System in Columbus, Ohio

As you enter the federal criminal justice system in Columbus, Ohio, understand that the stakes are high. Once you are suspected of committing a federal crime, agencies funded by the government will try to prosecute you under the full force of the law. These federal agencies have vast resources and know how to build a compelling case against you.

Because of this, many defendants decide to take a plea deal with the prosecution team to reduce their charges and sentencing. If you do not take this deal and fight your charges, your trial will be held by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

There are three courthouse locations in this district. If you were charged in Columbus, you will go to the courthouse in Columbus. This is located at 85 Marconi Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43215. With the right defense attorney, you could win your case in the district court. However, many defendants find it challenging to receive a not-guilty verdict. Adding to this, not all federal criminal cases are handled properly by the court.

In some cases, legal mistakes could be made that lead to your wrongful conviction. The legal team at Oberheiden P.C. will help you make an appeal if a legal error was made or your case was improperly handled. The appeals process happens in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The Sixth Circuit has jurisdiction over Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, and Ohio. Defendants in Ohio will have their case heard in the Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse at 100 East Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.

It can be difficult to reverse the district court’s verdict, though. Our senior lawyers have extensive experience in the federal appellate courts. We will fight for you and ensure that you are provided with a strong legal defense throughout this process. If the Sixth Circuit rules against you, we can even take your case to the Supreme Court to continue advocating for your rights and interests.

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden



Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney


Brian J. Kuester
Brian J. Kuester

Former U.S. Attorney

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior DOJ Trial Attorney

Linda Julin McNamara
Linda Julin McNamara

Federal Appeals Attorney

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former DOJ attorney

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (DOJ)

Chris Quick
Chris J. Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Michael S. Koslow
Michael S. Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (DOD-OIG)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

The Appeals Process in Columbus, Ohio

The appeals process in Columbus, Ohio, can be complex and confusing. Many people are familiar with the proceedings of the trial courts, but the legal process of the circuit court is not as heavily featured in popular media. As a result, defendants often have misconceptions about their appeal and think that they will get a new trial. While your case will be reviewed and reconsidered by the appellate court judges, this is not a brand new criminal trial.

Previous records from your original trial will be used to make a decision about your conviction or sentencing. However, no new evidence or testimony will be presented to the appeals court. Instead, our legal team will look through your case and find legal errors that were made by the judge, prosecution team, and jury. Once we find any legal error(s) we will explain them to the court and prove you have grounds for an appeal. Common grounds for an appeal could include:

  • The trial judge did not correctly apply the law
  • Jurors did not conduct themselves properly or showed bias
  • The evidence was not sufficient enough to prove your verdict
  • Other legal errors make your conviction questionable

After we establish grounds for your appeal, we will help you file a Notice of Appeal. This notice must be sent to the district court within 14 days of your sentencing and will include basic information about your case. Rapid action is required during this part of your appeal since the court has strict deadlines. You want to make sure that you contact us as soon as possible. This way you can turn in your notice and send a request for your trial records.

With your trial records in hand, our legal team will start writing your appellate brief. This written document is crucial to winning your appeal. Our senior lawyers will write your brief and explain why your verdict should be overturned by highlighting the specific errors made by the district court. At the same time, the prosecution team you faced in your criminal trial will be writing their own brief to try to persuade the appellate court judges to uphold the verdict of the trial court.

The panel of three judges on the Sixth Circuit will look over the briefs and trial records in private to make a final decision. Occasionally, they will schedule an oral argument to ask pointed questions about each side’s arguments. They will then send out their official verdict through the mail. Possible legal outcomes for your case could include:

  • The reversal of your conviction or sentencing
  • A brand new trial is ordered for your case
  • New legal instructions are presented to the district court

Not all defendants are able to win their cases in the appeals court. If you are still dissatisfied with your legal results we will help you request a rehearing with the Sixth Circuit or make an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Criminal Cases That Oberheiden P.C. Handles in Columbus, Ohio

The lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. have handled a range of cases in the Sixth Circuit and throughout the country. Criminal appeals cases we can help you with in Columbus, Ohio include:

  • Public corruption offenses
  • Conspiracy
  • Import/Export Violations
  • Securities fraud
  • Healthcare fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Bribery
  • Drug crimes
  • Tax evasion
  • Mail and wire fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Other white-collar crimes

We also aid clients who have been accused of other federal crimes. If you need representation in the appellate court, our attorneys will help smoothly transition your case for the appeals process. Our law firm knows which trial details to look out for and, through our meticulous legal research, we will make sure you have strong grounds for an appeal. This way you have a better chance of obtaining a legal outcome that you are happy with.

Frequently Asked Questions About Federal Appeals and Oberheiden P.C.

Why Should I Hire A Federal Appeals Lawyer From Oberheiden P.C.?


When you make an appeal to the Sixth Circuit, you are putting everything on the line. Your freedom, assets, and livelihood could be taken away if you do not have the right legal representation. Federal appeals cases require an experienced lawyer who has worked in the circuit courts. Your appeals lawyer should have strong writing skills, research abilities, and an eye for detail. This way you are fully protected and prepared for the appeals process.

Our federal criminal appeals lawyers have the experience and necessary knowledge to get you through the proceedings of the appellate court. Oberheiden P.C. has represented clients facing the threat of a federal conviction, and we have provided them with satisfactory appellate results. We will defend you throughout your appeal and give you legal counsel that brings you closer to your goals.

Why Should I Make an Appeal?


If you were convicted of a federal criminal offense in Columbus and believe that your trial was not handled correctly, you should exercise your right to appeal. While it is true that the appeals process is time-consuming and expensive, the consequences of not appealing are severe. Defendants charged and convicted with a federal offense will face harsh legal repercussions. This includes steep fines, lengthy prison sentences, and possible seizure of their property.

A convicted criminal also loses fundamental rights if they choose not to appeal the court’s verdict. You could lose your right to enter certain professions, vote, travel outside the country, own a firearm, and other important rights. Considering this, you should make an appeal if you have legal grounds, as a criminal conviction will follow you for the rest of your life.

Why Does Oberheiden P.C. Not Call Itself the Best Federal Appeals Law Firm?


Oberheiden P.C. has provided great legal results for clients in the appellate court. However, we do not call ourselves the best federal appeals law firm. In truth, we think hearing or reading positive testimonials from previous clients will give you a better impression of our legal team and our ability to help you make an appeal than anything that we could say about ourselves.

Contact Oberheiden P.C. for Legal Representation in Columbus, Ohio

Oberheiden P.C. is ready to help you with your appeals case today. Our legal team can be reached through our website. You can also call us at our national phone number: (888) 680-1745. We recommend getting in contact with us shortly after your sentencing. This way you can book a free consultation and start discussing your appeal strategy.

Remember, the appeals process is time sensitive. The longer you wait to contact our legal representatives, the more danger you are putting yourself in. Failing to turn in your Notice of Appeal and other important legal documents on the correct date will result in a rejection of your appeal. In addition, without an appeals lawyer, it will be harder to win your case and prove that your case was mishandled.

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