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About DBL

  • A mid-size full-service law firm
  • Offices in Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Louisville

Depth And Breadth Of Experience
Dressman Benzinger LaVelle psc is a mid-sized full-service law firm with offices located in Cincinnati, Ohio, Crestview Hills, Kentucky and Louisville, Kentucky. DBL attorneys represent private individuals and companies in many industries and areas of law including:

  • Administrative
  • Adoption
  • Agricultural
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business
  • Commercial
  • Computer
  • Collections
  • Constitutional
  • Construction
  • Copyrights
  • Corporate
  • Criminal
  • E-commerce
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Employee Benefits
  • Equine
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • First Amendment
  • Franchising
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance
  • International
  • Internet
  • Labor Relations
  • Libel & Slander
  • Licensing
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Probate
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Taxation
  • Trademarks
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trials & Appeals
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Zoning

A Tradition Of Excellence
DBL traces its roots to 1955, to the firm of Dressman, Dunn and Deters. Dressman and Dunn became judges, after which Charles Deters teamed with Gerald Benzinger and the late Jack LaVelle. In the years that followed, the firm grew to its present size, adopting the name Dressman Benzinger LaVelle psc in 2008. Today, DBL is the largest Northern Kentucky-based law firm, and one of the larger firms in Greater Cincinnati.

Full Service Includes Personal Service
DBL offers clients the same full scope and sophistication of client services as a large law firm, but retains the responsiveness and accessibility of a small firm. Though most DBL attorneys practice in multiple areas of law, the firm is organized into the following Practice Groups:

Admitted In All Levels
DBL attorneys practice regularly in Ohio and Kentucky. The firm’s trial attorneys are admitted to practice in:

  • State Courts of Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Massachusetts and West Virginia
  • Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Federal District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • Federal District for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal District for the Southern District of Indiana
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Excellence in Citizenship
The firm is actively involved in Kentucky state government and handles a substantial number of regulatory proceedings in Kentucky. Partners Gerald Benzinger, Joseph Cleves, James Dietz, James Dressman, Mark Guilfoyle, Matt Klein and Bob Stevens have been frequently recognized in the book Best Lawyers in America. Partner David Kramer serves as the author of the leading treatise on Kentucky civil procedure, volumes 6 and 7 of West’s Kentucky Practice series.

Extracurricular Achievement
In addition to practicing law, DBL attorneys contribute to legal publications, lecture on practice-related topics, act as expert witnesses, and help improve our community by serving on the boards of numerous charitable and non-profit organizations. For more details on the attorneys of Dressman Benzinger LaVelle, click on an individual’s name on our Attorney Profiles page.