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Ralph W. Kohnen

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RALPH W. KOHNEN is a partner in the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP where he is chair of the firm's Corporate Compliance and White Collar Criminal Defense practice. He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Ralph spent much of his career in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Ohio. After four years practicing law with the firm of Kohnen, Patton & Hunt, he worked as a federal prosecutor and spent the next 11 years as a front-line trial attorney in criminal cases. In 2001, he became Deputy Criminal Chief in charge of the criminal side of the United States Attorney's Cincinnati office.

Ralph is a member of the Ohio Federal Judicial Selection Commission, a member of the National and Ohio Associations of Cincinnati Defense Attorneys as well as the American Bar Association's and the Federal Bar Association's Criminal Law Sections. He is past chairman of the Cincinnati Bar Association's Admissions Committee. 

Ralph has received many professional awards and commendations from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Treasury Department and other public and private entities, and he is a frequent speaker on White Collar Criminal Law. He has been recognized as a Cincy magazine Leading Lawyer since 2008, listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2012, and was named a 2016 Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for Cincinnati Criminal Defense: White Collar. In addition, he was recently recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and was selected by Ohio Super Lawyers as a "Top 50 Cincinnati Super Lawyer 2016."