Hal Arenstein is a 1979 graduate of Case Western Reserve University College of Law. His 32 years of practice has been confined to criminal defense in both State and Federal Courts. He recently was qualified as an expert in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines in the Federal District Court in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mr. Arenstein has testified for the defense in a federal criminal case as a witness on the Sentencing Guidelines and the substantial benefit the cooperating co-defendant received in exchange for testifying on behalf of the government. He is a past president of the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and was recently elected to a second term on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense lawyers. He formerly served as Co-Chair of the NACDL Membership Committee and through his efforts, membership for NACDL has exceeded 10,000 members. Mr. Arenstein is now Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee.
Mr. Arenstein is a frequent lecturer on various areas pf trial practice. His presentations include “Defending Individuals Charged wit Sexually Abusing Children,” “Discovery Issues in Complex Criminal Litigation,” “Miranda and The Pre-Trial Statement,” “Preparing for the Snitch,” “Post Traumatic Stress Disorders and The Battered Spouse,” “Evidentiary Issues in Drug Prosecutions,” “New Developments in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines,” and “Preparing to Cross Examine on Forensic Issues Pertaining to the Crime Scene.”
Mr. Arenstein has defended citizens accused of crimes in Illinois, Missouri, West Virginia, Georgia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky and Alabama.
Recently, Mr. Arenstein traveled to Cuba as a member of an NACDL sponsored delegation which studied their criminal justice system meeting with professors, legislators, criminal defense counsel and prosecutors.
William Gallagher is a 1987 graduate with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago. After seven successful years as a trial attorney in the Lake and Cook Country Public Defender Offices in Illinois, he moved to Cincinnati in 1994. Since joining the Law Offices of Hal Arenstein, Mr. Gallagher has confined his practice to criminal cases in both state and federal courts.
In addition to the many jury trial victories, Mr. Gallagher has tried 13 Capital Murder trials in three different states with none of his clients receiving the death penalty. Currently, Mr. Gallagher is one of only a few local lawyers in private practice handling federal Habeas Corpus litigation.
Mr. Gallagher is a past president of the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the current Chair of the CLE Institute for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Mr. Gallagher is a frequent presenter on a variety of topics relating to criminal defense. His presentations have included topics such as “Opening Statements”, “Evidentiary Issues in Drug Cases”, “Professionalism”, “Theories and Themes in Criminal Cases” and “The Use of Electronic and Digital Evidence in Criminal Trials.”
In addition to his guest lecturing, Mr. Gallagher is a past adjunct faculty member at DePaul University Law School and is currently on the Adjunct faculty at the University of Cincinnati Law School. He has taught in the areas of Ethics, Trial Advocacy, and Forensic Sciences.
Mr. Gallagher is a founding member of the Ohio Innocence Project located at the University of Cincinnati Law School. He serves on its Advisory Board.
In 2011, Mr. Gallagher was awarded the Robert Heeney Memorial Award by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. It is their most prestigious award given to the attorney who provides outstanding contributions to the profession.
Jason Arenstein is a 2011 graduate of Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. While attending law school, he interned at the Hamilton County Public Defenders Office. As an associate, he has acted as Co-Counsel on cases with Hal Arenstein and Bill Gallagher.