William J. Rapp, Esq.

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Private Practice with a concentration on criminal defense representation before State and Federal Courts involving all types of criminal charges, such as aggravated vehicular homicide-vehicular manslaughter, arson, burglary, domestic violence, drug offenses, felonious assault, murder, operation of vehicle while impaired, robbery, sex offenses, theft.

Representation in civil matters including medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury, landlord-tenant issues, civil protection orders, contracts.

Diversified courtroom experience gained from fighting for more than 3500 clients at the Trial and Appellate Level, the vast majority being Clermont County residents. Practice in a Municipal Court on almost a daily basis, since 1992.

Practice extends to Adams, Brown, Butler, Hamilton, Highland and Warren County Municipal and Common Pleas Courts, includes Probate and Juvenile Divisions, and many Mayors Courts located within these Counties located in the State of Ohio.

Admitted to and have presented oral argument before the 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 10th Circuit Courts, U.S. Court of Appeals on such topics as judicial error during a murder trial.

Represent clients in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, conducting jury trials before such learned men as the Honorable Judges Spiegel and Rubin.

Have practiced in Boone, Campbell, Kenton and Oldham County, Kentucky, defending clients before jury against serious charges such as capital murder and rape.

Appointed Special Prosecutor for a case in Adams County Municipal Court, Ohio.

Phone: 513-753-7277
Fax #:513-753-6984
Email: lawoffice@williamjrapp.com

Joshua Crousey

Joshua Crousey graduated from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania with a degree in Computer Information Systems. Joshua attended law school at the University of Pittsburgh as a Dean's Scholarship recipient.

During law school, Joshua was awarded a merit-based position as an editor on the Tax Review academic journal. During that time, he also worked for United States District Court Judge Arthur Schwabb and United States Court of Appeals Judge D. Michael Fisher. Finally, Joshua served as an intern for the Pittsburgh area (Allegheny County) District Attorney - appearing as counsel at DUI hearings.

After law school, Joshua accepted a position as an associate at an established, mid-sized firm in the midwest. He focused on civil property recovery (replevin), criminal defense, and marital dissolutions. He was first chair on two bench trials in his first 24 months of practice (winning both trials). He also successfully defended against and dismissed an appeal.

Josh has spent his last three years as an associate of William J. Rapp. Josh focuses in the areas of criminal defense and domestic relations. He has won bench and jury trials and prevailed at the court of appeals. The following is a summary of some of those cases:

  • Clermont County - Operating a vehicle while impaired: Defendant struck a state cruiser with its overhead lights flashing. Defendant wore a sash with blinking lights that said "Finally 21 and legal..." Defendant admitted to drinking earlier and was celebrating her 21st birthday. Trooper determined that Defendant was impaired after conducting extensive field sobriety tests. All of the above was captured on the Trooper's camera and audio recorder.
    Result: Acquitted by jury.

  • Clermont County - arson, safecracking, breaking and entering, vandalism - Defendant caught on video committing safe cracking and arson.
    Result: Pled to arson and safecracking. Sentenced to local jail time and a drug rehabilitation program.

  • Clermont County - Leaving the scene after serious injury: Defendant struck an elderly man in a parking lot. Family of victim sought a prison sanction. Defendant had a clean record and showed genuine remorse.
    Result: Community Control sanctions (probation) with local jail time. Defendant avoided prison.

  • Hamilton County - OVI: Defendant struck another vehicle. Other driver called 911 fearful that Defendant was trying to leave the scene. Officer arrived on scene. Defendant refused all field sobriety and breath tests. Defendant had a prior OVI that was reduced to a reckless operation.
    Result: On day of trial, City of Cincinnati agreed to reduce the charge to reckless operation of a vehicle.

  • Clermont County - Felony Misuse of Credit Card: Defendant charged with using a victim's credit card without permision.
    Result: Acquitted by Judge.

Phone: 513-291-3841
Fax #:513-753-6984
Email: josh@williamjrapp.com

Lara Baron

Lara Baron graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, with a degree in Public Policy in the spring of 2003. Immediately after college Lara attended law school at Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law as Dean’s Scholarship recipient, graduating with her Juris Doctor in May, 2006.

During law school, Lara was on the school’s Moot Court, Board of Advocates and competed on the Mock Trial team, representing the school in various competitions across the country. Lara also worked as a teaching assistant in the area of Civil Procedure, and in her second year began interning for the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, Appellate Division. During her internship with the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office Lara was tasked with not only authoring multiple appellate briefs to the First District Court of Appeals, but appeared in both Juvenile Court and Municipal Court, as counsel on multiple misdemeanor cases.

Lara was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in November of 2006, and was immediately offered a full time position with the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office. From 2006-2010, Lara was quickly promoted and gained experience in the appellate, juvenile, municipal, and grand jury divisions of the office. In November, 2010, Lara then joined the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office. In February of 2014 Lara was named Chief of the Municipal Division for the office and oversaw the prosecution of all misdemeanor cases filed in Clermont County. She was tasked with handling all felony OVIs and traffic related fatality cases. In 2015, Lara was asked to rejoin the felony division of the prosecutor’s office as a supervisor, and not only to continue handling all felony OVIs and Aggravated Vehicular Homicides and Assaults, but also other major felony trials.

Lara has been the lead prosecuting attorney on numerous felony jury trials, including sex offenses, robberies, burglaries, OVIs, drug trafficking, shootings, and more. She has also tried numerous misdemeanor juries, including multiple OVIs, and domestic violence cases. Her specialization in these cases as a prosecutor has given her invaluable insight into how to defend against cases presented by the State of Ohio, and how to be an effective litigator.

Lara joined the Rapp Law Firm in July 2017, and can handle any of your litigation needs. She will also specialize in criminal defense and domestic relations, including divorce, dissolution, child custody, and child support.

Phone: 513-535-4278
Fax #:513-753-6984
Email: lara@williamjrapp.com