Bryan Hawkins

Picture of Bryan Hawkins Bryan Hawkins-Lawyer For Criminal Defense & DUI / OVI Defense
In Central Ohio

Bryan Hawkins is a lawyer with the Dominy Law Firm in Columbus, Ohio. He represents clients charged with criminal offenses, DUI / OVI offenses, and serious vehicular crimes. This website page gives more information about the background of Bryan Hawkins.

Formal Education

Bryan Hawkins grew up in central Ohio and attended Dublin Schools. After graduating from high school in Cincinnati, Mr. Hawkins returned to central Ohio to attend The Ohio State University. There, he studied history and graduated from O.S.U. with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While attending Ohio State, Mr. Hawkins grew increasingly interested in the law and decided to attend law school. Mr. Hawkins graduated Cum Laude from Capital University Law School in 2011 and was admitted to the Ohio Bar that same year.

Professional Experience

During law school, Bryan Hawkins worked as a law clerk in the Common Pleas division of the Franklin County Public Defender Office. In that capacity, he assisted attorneys in the defense of clients charged with felony crimes. During his time as a law clerk, Mr. Hawkins decided to dedicate his career to the practice of criminal defense.

Shortly after being sworn-in, Bryan Hawkins was hired as an attorney in the Municipal Unit of the Franklin Public Defender Office. Over the next seven years, Mr. Hawkins represented thousands of clients in cases which included minor traffic violations, DUI / OVI offenses, and serious vehicular crimes. He also handled a wide range of criminal offenses, including shoplifting, assault, domestic violence, drug offenses, sex crimes, theft, and underage alcohol consumption.

Continuing Education

Mr. Hawkins understands the value of continually increasing his expertise in criminal defense. Accordingly, he has consistently attended continuing education courses in the areas of criminal law, DUI / OVI, and traffic crimes.  He completed the same training which law enforcement officers complete:  DWI Detection And Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Internsational Association Of  Chiefs Of Police (IACP).  He also completed the NHTSA course in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement. Mr. Hawkins has also been an instructor at seminars for the Columbus Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Professional Organizations

Bryan Hawkins is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National College for DUI Defense, the national DUI Defense Lawyers Association, the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. For the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Mr. Hawkins is on the Board of Directors and also participates on the Publications Committee and the OVI Seminar Committee. He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association (Small Firm Committee), and the Delaware County Bar Association.

Recognition / Awards
AVVO Client's Choice Award

Bryan Hawkins was selected by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA) as one of the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys Under 40 In Ohio. The NACDA uses a thorough selection process to determine the top criminal defense attorneys in each state.

Bryan Hawkins received the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award. The award is based on reviews provided by clients, and Bryan Hawkins has an average review of five stars out of five stars.

Publications and Seminars Taught

Bryan Hawkins has had four articles published in The Vindicator; the magazine of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. That magazine is distributed to over 1,500 lawyers and judges throughout Ohio.  Mr. Hawkins also edited the Ohio DUI/OVI Guide, the Ohio Vehicular Assault Guide, and the Ohio Vehicular Homicide Guide.  Bryan has made presentations on DUI / OVI topics at continuing education seminars.

Practice Areas

For his entire career, Bryan Hawkins has practiced criminal defense. After nearly seven years in the Public Defender office, Mr. Hawkins was hired to work with the Dominy Law Firm. He continues to practice exclusively in the area of criminal defense. He uses his experience, skill and expertise to help clients achieve the best possible outcome in every case.

Geographic Areas

Bryan Hawkins and the Dominy Law Firm represent clients in Columbus, Ohio and the central Ohio area. Mr. Hawkins practices in courts throughout central Ohio, including the following counties: Crawford County, Delaware County, Fairfield County, Fayette County, Franklin County, Knox County, Licking County, Logan County, Madison County, Marion County, Morrow County, Pickaway County, Union County, and Wyandot County.   Mr. Hawkins represents clients in Mayor’s Courts, Municipal Courts and Common Pleas Courts throughout central Ohio.


Bryan Hawkins and the Dominy Law Firm believe it is important for you to educate yourself about your situation before you go to court and even before you hire a criminal defense lawyer. This website contains dozens of pages which will help you educate yourself. After learning more about your circumstances, you will also want to research attorneys. For more information about the Dominy Law Firm, please visit this site’s About Us page. You can also see client reviews and case results on other pages of this site. If you would like to arrange for a free phone consultation with the Dominy Law Firm, please submit a CONTACT FORM or call the firm at 614-717-1177.


Highly Recommend
Mr. Hawkins is by far the best attorney I have ever worked with. I had to do very little but was kept informed throughout the process. The outcome of my case was far better than what I expected and I am able to use my CDL again. I cannot say enough about how pleased and impressed I am with the job he did.
-Andrew, 2021

Would Hire Again!
My brother and I hired Brian through Dominy Law Firm to represent our other brother after he was charged with his third DUI within 10 years. We were extremely surprised and thankful with the favorable outcome of the case given the situation and owe Brian a great deal for making that possible. Specifically, the following three things about Brian set him apart from many others that we feel make him very successful:
 1) Brian has strong relationships throughout the Franklin County legal system.
 2) Brian has great expertise and experience working on DUI cases.
 3) Brian’s professionalism.

We appreciated Brian’s way of managing our expectations by continuously providing updates and presenting realistic outcomes given all components of the case. He was able to effectively communicate the options that were on the table and provided great counsel on each given his experience with others in similar situations.   Not only would we hire Brian again, we would recommend him to our family, friends, and others that may be in this unfortunate situation.
-Anonymous, February, 2019


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