Jeffrey C. Kakish
Jeffrey Kakish brings experience in forensic drug and alcohol analysis to his criminal law practice. Mr. Kakish has earned a “Superb” AVVO rating and has been recognized by multiple state and national organizations including Super Lawyers and the National College for DUI Defense.
Prior to joining Dworken & Bernstein in 2019, Jeff worked at a small boutique firm specializing in drunk driving offenses DUI / OVI.
From 2012-2015, Mr. Kakish served as an Assistant Public Defender in Lake County, Ohio. Through his service, Mr. Kakish gained valuable experience in defending OVI / DUI, Criminal, Traffic, and Domestic Relations cases in Juvenile, Municipal and Common Pleas Courts.
While honing his trial skills during the past eight years, Mr. Kakish continued his education in drugs and alcohol through forensic science coursework at Axion Training Institute in Chicago, Illinois. In 2016, after completing the necessary coursework and passing a lengthy examination approved by the American Chemical Society, Jeffrey Kakish became the first licensed Ohio attorney to earn the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation. Having already received his certificate for completing the DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Course recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2015, Mr. Kakish wanted more. Sure enough, in 2019, Jeff undertook and successfully completed the DWI Detection & SFST Instructor Development Course recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Mr. Kakish is committed to professional development showcased through training, continuing legal education, and membership in professional associations. In addition, Mr. Kakish is a valued speaker at Ohio CLE Programs with recent invites to speak for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Parma Bar Association and Sandusky Bar Association.
Areas of Practice:
Commonwealth of Kentucky* 2011
State of Ohio 2012
Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri 2006
Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol, Rhode Island 2010
Associations & Memberships:
American Chemical Society
Lake County Bar Association
Lake County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National College of DUI Defense
Parma Bar Association
Leadership & Honors:
ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation 2016
Avvo Rating Superb
Avvo Clients Choice Award 2016
Best DWI Attorneys, Best DWI Attorneys in Ohio 2016
Leadership Lake County, Junior Leadership Program 2001
Super Lawyers, Rising Stars 2018, 2019
On a Personal Note:
Born and raised in Lake County, Jeff is committed to the community he calls home. Jeff resides in Lake County with his wife, daughter and energetic German Shepherd. He is often found out spending time in the many parks our community has to offer or with his family on the beach. When time allows, Jeff enjoys a love/hate relationship with his golf game.
*Commonwealth of Kentucky CLE Non-Practice Exemption. This member is an active member in good standing with the Kentucky Bar Association as required by the Rules of the Supreme Court of Kentucky. The member currently has a non-practice exemption wherein the member has voluntarily agreed not to practice law in Kentucky until the exemption is removed by the Continuing Legal Education Commission upon certification of completion of appropriate continuing legal education credit hours.