Paul Croushore, JD, LLM
Master of Laws - Attorney at Law
I buck the system, and that pisses some people off. For example, I have successfully
removed a federal judge from a case through mandamus Click Here and had a court of appeals order a state court judge
to do her job Click Here.
The key quality of a lawyer is being willing to buck the system and take the heat. Going along
and getting along is fine for social activities, but not in court. Being a jerk is not enough; it
requires skill and ability to be a jerk to the client’s advantage. Having a thick skin is the key.
Some cases need a schmoozer who everyone likes; those cases are not for me.
My overall lifetime criminal defense reversal rate in both state and federal courts is 44.4% as of
8/1/2017. In state civil appeals, my overall lifetime reversal rate is 47.4% of all cases in my
By comparison, nationally in 2016 only 7.2% of federal criminal appellate decisions were
reversals of the trial court’s decisions. At the state level, in 2013 only 14.4% of civil appeals
resulted in reversals by the court of appeals for Cincinnati in Hamilton County, Ohio (45 of 313
total cases). In criminal cases in Cincinnati in 2013, the total reversal average was 16.6% (79 of
475 total criminal cases).
Technical skill, while important, is not enough. There are many competent lawyers, but only a
few who succeed in convincing appellate judges to make their trial court colleagues re-try or
revise a case that has been decided. Very few are willing to discuss their success rates or
publish all of their appellate decisions for your review. Please feel free to examine all of my
cases on the tab marked “Case Files – Success Rate.”
I am admitted in the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims,
U.S. Court of International Trade, and the U.S. Fifth, Sixth, and Ninth Circuit Courts of
Appeal, as well as the federal and state trial courts of Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. I am
an Author for Moore’s Federal Practice, a top-rated national publication covering federal civil
litigation. The chapters I write include Chapter 208 – Complex Appeals, and Chapter 207 –
Practice in the Federal Circuit, as well as the more technical chapters covering Rules 17-22 of
the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.