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Exceptional legal representation for complex cases

  • Philip J. Korey
  • Philip J. Korey
  • Philip J. Korey


has been selected as one of Ohio’s Super Lawyers since 2009.  Martindale-Hubbell has rated him AV, the highest, preeminent rating for legal ability and ethics.  (1988-present)

Mr. Korey is a former associate of the late Ralph D. Sperli.  Mr. Korey practices criminal defense ranging from white collar crime to DUI, including federal and state trials and appeals.  He also represents physicians and other professionals before state licensing boards, and personal injury victims.

Mr. Korey has obtained acquittals in numerous jury trials.  He has also successfully appealed convictions and later obtained acquittals.


  • John Carroll University, Cum Laude; Cleveland Marshall College of Law (1980), Moot Court Best Brief Award, National Moot Court Team, Dean’s List.

Some Highlights:

State v. Gaffney, 2018-Ohio-4094:  A seizure of one ounce of heroin following a traffic stop and the use of a drug dog was suppressed.  The Court held that the stop of the vehicle was questionable and the police unconstitutionally expanded the traffic stop into a drug investigation.

State v. Harper, 2014-Ohio-347:  Defendant was tried and convicted of trafficking in two kilos of cocaine and was sentenced to a mandatory 11 years.  Mr. Korey began representation, filed an appeal, and obtained a reversal based on an invalid traffic stop and an improper inventory search.

In a complex federal prosecution, involving defrauding investors, the client avoided an indictment.

United States v. Abdelqader, 2011, Case No. 1:05 CR 252, Northern District of Ohio, writ of coram nobis based on Padilla v. Kentucky, 130 S. Ct 1473 (2010):  Defendant was facing deportation after a plea of guilty in federal court.  Mr. Korey filed a writ of coram nobis based on Padilla, the plea was changed, and the defendant avoided deportation.

State v. Tolliver, Cuyahoga County, Case No. CR 199920:  Mr. Korey began representation after the defendant received the death penalty for a double murder. Based on Batson, the trial court granted a motion for a new trial.  At the retrial, Mr. Korey obtained an acquittal.

State v. Freeman, Cuyahoga County, Case No. 218496:  In a prosecution for the murder of her nine year old sister, the defendant was found not guilty by reason of insanity based on the controversial Isolated Explosive Disorder.

State v. May, 64 Ohio App.3d 456 (Medina County, 1989):  After a plea of guilty to felonious assault on a police officer, defendant was sentenced to prison.  Mr. Korey began representation and won a reversal on appeal based on a defective plea.  He tried the case and obtained an acquittal.

State v. Mitchell, CR 365328:  Defendant was on the FBI’s most wanted list for the attempted murder of a Dunlop security guard.  Based on the defense’s presentation of a defective eyewitness identification, a substantial alibi, and evidence pointing toward another person, the state dismissed the indictment.

United States v. Montanez: Mr. Korey has a number of successful, notable federal appeals including United States v. Montanez, 442 F.3d 485 (6th Cir. 2006), which has saved hundreds of Ohio federal inmates from being sentenced harshly under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

State v. Brown, CR 222701: Mr. Korey obtained a new trial for a defendant convicted of murder based on the failure of the prosecution to disclose an immunity agreement with a key state witness. The defendant had been incarcerated for 22 years.

United States v. Korfant, 771 F.2d 660 (2nd Cir. 1985):  Mr. Korey successfully defended a person in an anti-trust prosecution.

Hammonds v. RTA, Cuyahoga County Case No. CR 055466:  A stab victim on a city bus brought a claim against the company based on inadequate security.  A jury returned a verdict in her favor for the full amount she requested.

Professional Associations:

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Cuyahoga County Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Ohio State Bar Association


  • Defending against traffic stops and canine searches (MyLawCLE, Miami, Florida, 2019)
  • Drug Dog Searches (Cuyahoga County Defense Lawyers Association, 2018)
  • Cross-Examination – Ohio Association of Criminal
    Defense Lawyers (2013)
  • Mock Trial Cross-Examination – West Shore Bar
    Association (2013)
  • Principles of Cross-Examination – Cleveland
    Marshall College of Law (2013)
  • Plea Bargaining – Cleveland Marshall College of
    Law (2005)
  • A Primer on the Law of Exculpatory Evidence –
    Cuyahoga County Defense Lawyers Association (2002)
  • OVI Trial Seminar – Cleveland Marshall College
    of Law (1995)
  • Drafter of the Cuyahoga County Defense Lawyers’
    Model Rule 16 for submission to the Ohio Supreme Court (1995)
  • Discovery – Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense
    Lawyers (1995)
  • Criminal Motion Practice – Academy of Continuing
    Legal Education (1991)
  • Insanity Defense – Cuyahoga County Common Pleas
    Forensic Clinic (1988)


  • Tutors constitutional law in the Cleveland
    Public High Schools for the Ohio Graduation Test (2010-present)
  • Serves as a trial judge in inter-scholastic law school Moot Court
    competitions (2000-present)


  • “Kill”, a poem reflecting on capital punishment
    was published in the Vindicator, the former magazine for the Ohio Criminal
    Defense Lawyers’ Organization


  • Two time winner of the SADL Golf Championship
  • Patron of the Cleveland Play House and Ohio

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