Jefferson Edward Liston

Location: Columbus, Ohio
Phone: 614-221-1341
Fax: 614-228-0253

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce and Custody
  • Juvenile Law
  • Criminal Law

Jefferson Edward Liston, Super Lawyers Profile

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1987
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987


  • J.D. – 1978, Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
  • B.A. – 1975, Otterbein College, Columbus, Ohio
    • Honors: with Distinction
    • Major: Government

Published Works

  • Justice Cut Short: An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Representation in Delinquency Proceedings in Ohio (Co-Author)


  • Faculty Member, boot camp for juvenile defense attorneys sponsored by the National Juvenile Defense Center and Georgetown University School of Law
  • Presenter, 2014 Ohio Juvenile Law Summit in Columbus, Ohio
  • Participant, two day conference on juvenile justice policy in Washington, DC. Experts from across the country gathered to create a position paper to present to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Presenter, 2013 National Juvenile Defense Center National Summit in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Co-coordinator and Faculty Member, Statewide Conferences and Seminars on Juvenile Justice, Department of Youth Services and State Public Defenders
  • Coordinator and Faculty Member, Statewide Conferences and Seminars on Juvenile Justice, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Co-Coordinator and Faculty Member, Statewide Seminars in the Area of Juvenile Justice, Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute
  • Co-coordinator and Faculty Member, Seminars in the Areas of Juvenile Justice and Criminal Law, Columbus Bar Association
  • Faculty Member, in the Areas of Juvenile Justice, Ohio Judicial College
  • Faculty Member, Ohio Juvenile Law Summits
  • Presenter, National Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit
  • Lecturer, in the Areas of Juvenile Law, College, High School, Elementary Students, Churches and Civic Groups

Honors and Awards

  • Who’s Who in American Law, 2005-Present
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, 2005-Present
  • National Defender Center 2004 Award for Advocacy in Juvenile Justice
  • Columbus Bar Association Community Service Award
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Columbus Bar Association, Member
    • Juvenile Law Committee, Former Chair
    • Domestic Relations/Juvenile Court Task Force, Former Member
    • Long Range Planning Committee, Former Member
  • National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
    • Former President
    • Board of Directors, Member
  • Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers, Member
    • Founding President and former Board Member
  • Ohio Magistrate’s Association, Honorary Life Member
    • Founding President, 1989-1990

Pro Bono Activities

  • Ohio Public Defender Commission, Commissioner, 2006-Present
  • Governor’s Task Force on the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse, Member
  • Franklin County Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, Member
  • Franklin County Juvenile Court Advisory Board, Member
  • St. Joseph Montessori School Board of Trustees, Member
  • Youth Advocate Services Board of Trustees, Member
  • League Against Child Abuse Community Advisory Board, Member
  • Children’s Hospital Chemical Assessment Referral, Evaluation Services Advisory Board, Founding Member
  • Juvenile Justice Advocacy Group, Member
  • National Juvenile Defender Center