80 Years of Excellence Three Generations of Seeking Justice

undefinedJon Paul Rion

Dayton Criminal Defense Attorney

Jon Paul Rion is president of Rion, Rion and Rion, L.P.A, Inc., a three generation, criminal defense law firm, founded in 1938 by his grandfather. He is Board Certified in the field of criminal law and he has been continuously listed in the Best Lawyers in America. He has tried in excess of one hundred (100) felony jury trials, including capitol cases. He is a former president and Board of Director of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Jon Paul Rion has been selected as a Fellow in the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. The ABCL is an exclusive national, legal, honorary fellowship for outstanding criminal trial lawyers, the admission to which is by invitation only. The rigorous evaluation, by the top lawyers in the country, makes being elected a Fellow the highest honor in the field.

Jon Paul Rion has practiced in thirty (30) states, and his firm of six lawyers, based in Dayton, Ohio enjoys a national reputation. He has dedicated his life to seeing truth and liberation for clients through the ancient practice of law which guarantees that rights and freedoms are to be defended and protected.

Honors

  • President, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2013-2014
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Award – Southern Christian Leadership Conference 2012
  • Board Member, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 1996 – present
  • Death Penalty Task Force, Supreme Court of Ohio 2011-2014
  • Vice President, Ohioans to Stop Execution 2014
  • President Elect, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2012-2013
  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers 2009 – present
  • Director, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 1996 – present
  • Listed in Best Lawyers of America under Criminal Law 2005 – present
  • Listed in Ohio Super Lawyers 2008 – present
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Rated
  • Knight of the Holy Sepulchre

Professional Memberships

  • Dayton Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (life member)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer (life member)
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Ohioans to Stop Execution
  • Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Death Penalty Committee Chair
  • Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Death Penalty Task Force, Supreme Court of Ohio

Bars Admitted

  • Ohio State Bar
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Washington D.C. Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

States Practiced in by Permission - Pro Hac Vice

  • Alabama
  • California
  • Washington
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Texas
  • Kansas
  • South Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Montana
  • Arizona
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Michigan
  • Kentucky
  • Oregon
  • Wisconsin

Writings

  • Editor, The Vindicator
  • Publication of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Education

  • B.A. - The George Washington University, 1993
    • Double major in Philosophy & Religion
  • J.D. - University of Dayton, 1996

Career History

  • President, Rion, Rion & Rion, L.P.A., Inc., 1996 – present
  • President, ORION Organics LLC, 2002 – present
  • Vice President, National Expungement Database Center 2013 – present

Lectures

  • Lectured to Lawyers for the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Columbus and Newark, Ohio
  • 1998 Chaired Seminar at University of Dayton on Eyewitness Identification
  • 1999 Chaired Seminar for Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Dayton, Ohio on Winning Drug Cases
  • 2000 Lectured at Ohio State Bar Association
  • 2000 Lectured in Dayton on Criminal Trial Practices
  • 2004 Lectured at Dayton Bar Association
  • 2008 Lectured at Dayton Bar Association
  • 2010 Lectured at Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2011 Lectured at Bench Bar Conference
  • 2012 Lecture Series at The University of Dayton
  • 2012 Keynote Speaker at SCLC Award Ceremony
  • 2013 OACDL
  • 2013 Cincinnati Bar Association
  • 2014 Lecture for Ohioans to Stop Execution
  • 2014 Speaker, Cleveland Metro Bar Association CLE Seminar
  • 2016 Keynote Speaker at OACDL Superstar Conference

Contact Rion, Rion & Rion online or call (937) 223-9133 today.

Recent Case Results
Helping Our Clients Achieve the Best Possible Outcome

  • Not Guilty Aggravated Murder

    In July of 2015, the Defendant was charged with the murder of a man in Springfield. After hiring our office, we worked hard with the Defendant and his family to prepare the best defense for our client. The trial lasted two days and resulted in a Not Guilty verdict on all charges by the Jury.

  • Conviction Vacated Appeal | State vs. K.M. (2nd District Court of Appeals)

    Client was charged, and later found guilty of, tampering with evidence kept by a government entity (F3). We appealed the case on the grounds that the trial court erred in not granting the client’s motion to dismiss stating that the statute of limitations had expired. In late 2018, the appellate court reversed the client’s judgement and vacated the client’s conviction.

  • Dismissed Civil Stalking Protection Order | Against our client

    Our client received paperwork that a Civil Stalking Protection Order was placed against our client. We challenged the protection order, asking for a directed verdict. The Judge agreed, stating that there was no threats of physical harm to the alleged victim and the mental distress evidence was not sufficient.

  • Not Guilty Federal Felony Drug Possession
    In the United States Southern District Court of Ohio, the Defendant was charged with possession to distribute marijuana and marijuana plants and also the possession of a firearm while allegedly trafficking drugs. After one year of pre-trial and suppression hearings, the case finally went to a jury. The trial lasted five days at the federal court house in Dayton, Ohio and when it was over the Defendant was found Not Guilty of all charges and thus acquitted.
  • Not Guilty Murder

    After a tragic death of a young man in her care, the Defendant was charged with murder. The entire case lasted two and a half years but after a four day bench trial, the verdict was Not Guilty and all charges were dismissed.

  • Not Guilty Murder

    The Defendant, out of Springfield, Ohio, was charged with one count of murder with a death penalty specification and one count of weapons under disability. After seven busy months of pretrials and suppression hearings, the case finally went before the jury at the end of the year. It took the jury 13 hours to find the Defendant Not Guilty of Murder but Guilty of Weapons Under Disability. This was the first acquittal in Springfield in years so we were excited to usher in a new time.

  • Case Dismissed OVI

    The Defendant was on the way back from a friend’s house when she was pulled over in her car for crossing over the marked lines. She was charged with an OVI. While waiting for her chance before the jury, the Defendant was granted driving privileges with the help of our office. At the Suppression Hearing, the OVI case was dismissed and the Defendant only had to pay court costs.

  • Acquitted Robbery (Physical Harm) F2 | State vs. J.M.

    Client was accused of robbing a local Rite Aid and charged with robbery while using/threatening to use physical harm. After 2 days of trial and 4 ½ hours of deliberation, a jury returned a not guilty verdict.

  • Not Guilty | Reduced Charge Sex Crime Charges
    The Defendant was charged with one count of attempted rape and one count of abduction. After multiple hearings with the prosecution and Judge, the case went to the Jury. When the trial concluded after two days, the Jury found the Defendant Not Guilty of attempted rape and Guilty of a lesser charge of unlawful restraint. He only had to serve 60 days which his jail time credit counted for.
  • Not Guilty Unlawful Restraint M3 | State vs. BV

    Client was accused of unlawful restraint while in her position in the health care field. Our client maintained her innocence throughout the case. After 2 days of trial, the jury returned a not guilty verdict.

Why Rion, Rion & Rion?

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  4. Available 24/7, 365 Days a Year
  5. 10.0 AVVO Rating
  6. President of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers
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