Out of about 38,000 lawyers in Ohio, only 27 of them are certified by the Ohio State Bar Association, under the auspices of the Ohio Supreme Court, as appellate specialists. I’m the only one of those 27 who practices criminal defense law exclusively.
I’ve been practicing in Ohio since graduating from Case Western Reserve Law School in 1975. The following year, I was admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and then to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1981.
Since leaving a partnership in 1995, I’ve worked as a sole practitioner; and, my practice has been exclusively devoted to handling criminal cases. In that time, I’ve worked at the felony trial and appellate level, in both state and Federal courts.
Legal Writings of Russell Bensing
In addition to my legal practice, I also write a legal blog, The Briefcase, which you can check out here. The Briefcase features writings of mine from 2006 to the present. It’s heavy on analysis of criminal law decisions from the United States Supreme Court, the Ohio Supreme Court, and the courts of appeals, but I also include whatever comes to mind about the law, and try to do it with style.
In additional to The Briefcase, I write a weekly summary of the criminal case decisions from the 8th District Court of Appeals, the largest appellate court in Ohio. The list of recipients of my summary includes members of the state and county criminal bar, as well as to about two-thirds of the judges on the Cuyoahoga common pleas bench.
Legal Experience and Accolades
- Former President of the Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
- Chairman of the Amicus Committee of the State Criminal Bar, the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers As the chairman, I file amicus briefs in the Ohio Supreme Court on a variety of criminal law issues.
- 2019 OACDL Lawyer of the Year.
- Over three hundred appeals in nine of the twelve district courts of appeals in Ohio, in the Ohio Supreme Court, and in the United States Sixth Circuit.
While my work is mainly centered on appeals, I also handle post-conviction matters, including: motions for judicial release, motions for a new trial, and petitions for post-conviction relief.