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Relentless Pursuit of Justice

From the day our firmed opened in 1993, we started our reputation as relentless, determined attorneys who never give up in the pursuit of justice. Every day we think smarter and more creatively of ways to try a case. We are consistently the firm who are called onto cases that are too contentious for other attorneys..

We are a professional, Cleveland located criminal defense firm who will never undersell you, who are willing to lose sleep over your case and will leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of your freedom. Our work speaks for itself.

Our Clients are Grateful

I Was Facing Life In Prison For A Crime I Did Not Commit

“There was one person that stood next to me during all of that time when no one else would. Larry Zukerman doesn’t lack the courage of his own convictions and he’s not your typical defense lawyer in my opinion. He’s much more than that because he saved my life from dying in prison for a crime I never committed.

- Anonymous Client

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All Felony Charges Dismissed

“My family hired Zukerman to represent me, I had 5 charges ranging from F5 all the way to an F1. His team did extremely well which resulted in dropping all charges. I highly recommend and I know I’ll be going to him for everything here on out.”

- Anonymous Client

Zukerman Does Not Give Up

“I had two cases. One in Cleveland and one in Berea. Zukerman had the charges dropped without a fine after working his magic in one case. The other case included multiple traffic tickets that were worked out to only one minor ticket with a small fine. I would recommend him to anyone with a problem in the Cleveland area. He has years of experience and does not give up. I can only say positive things about him and all who work with him. True professionals and worth every dime. Thanks Larry”

- Anonymous Client

All Charges Dismissed

“Larry was very helpful he exceeded my expectations and was successful in our suppression hearing and all my charges were dismissed I could not be any happier. His staff also was very attentive and quick to respond which was very important to me. I cannot recommend Larry enough I would never go anywhere else.

- Adam (Client)

Choose the Right Attorney When You Face Criminal Charges

“Being very tenacious, Zukerman, was able to prove that what was being presented was not true in its entirety.

Whether your criminal case is complex or simple, a lot can happen in the criminal process to derail your future. I cannot overstate to you the importance of choosing the right attorney to represent you when you face criminal charges. It is the single most important decision of your life you will make, you can trust Zukerman to represent you to the utmost.”

- Anonymous Client

UN-yielding defense and an aggressive offense

“Zukerman has represented me for many years (domestic relations). About every year and a half or so my Ex brings me back to court. They are unstoppable. Not even the ‘big bad bully’ (not saying his name) can intimidate them or get them to back down. They articulate what is actually happening and provide both an UN-yielding defense and an aggressive offense. I would recommend Zukerman to just about anyone for domestic relations.”

- Anonymous Client

Thankful I had Michael Lear to Represent Me

Michael Lear recently represented me regarding two misdemeanor criminal charges that were eventually dismissed. I feel he did everything possible to communicate and negotiate with the prosecutor and court for them to realize the true facts in my case, resulting in the dismissal. We communicated very well during the proceedings, and he was always up front with advice and letting me know how things were progressing. Very sharp, intelligent attorney that I would not hesitate to retain in the future if needed.
- David

Larry saved my life, I cannot thank him and his team enough for that.

1I’d find it hard to believe someone being more thorough, diligent, and caring than Larry Zukerman in any field of any profession. His knowledge and expertise is exceptional, but what makes Larry stand out is his relentless pursuit of defending his client. He left no stone unturned and was tactful in his preparation and strategy. It was the most brutally painful 6 months of my life. Thankfully, I had Zukerman on my side. They were there for me and my family throughout all of it. As cliche as it may sound, Larry saved my life, I cannot thank him and his team enough for that. He is exceptional as a lawyer and as a general resource.

- Thankful Client

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Absolutely not, no matter how simple a case seems. There’s an old saying, “He who represents himself, has a fool for a client.”

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About Zukerman

Zukerman, Lear & Murray (ZLM), Cleveland's Criminal Defense Law Firm, has represented thousands of individuals in cases that span the legal spectrum. From misdemeanor speeding tickets to first-degree murder cases, from rural city courtrooms to the supreme court. Our clients are lawyers, prosecutors, police, judges, doctors, and community & business leaders. They choose us because of our reputation and our commitment to never rest.

Right now, your way of life and your future hangs in the balance. Let us fight for you.


Over 100 Years Combined Experience


20+ Ohio Supreme Court Cases

Larry Zukerman

Larry graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and was admitted to the practice of law in the state of Ohio in 1985. Since that time, Larry has fought for the rights of individuals facing allegations of white collar crimes, computer/Internet crimes, sexual assault, Federal narcotics crimes, and many others. Often he handles the cases of high-profile or well-known citizens, which requires the utmost discretion. Balancing aggression with tact according to the needs of the case, Larry makes it a point to know each case better than the judge and prosecutors. He is an adjunct professor of…

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Michael Lear

After six years at a law firm where he worked on the infamous “Kirtland Cult Killings” case, Michael came to Zukerman in 1996. An experienced criminal and civil attorney, Michael concentrates on large, complex cases. He also has significant experience in the areas of felony criminal defense, OVI/DUI defense, personal injury cases, and appeals, or appellate cases. Michael is respected within the Firm as a trial tactician, especially proficient in organizing and synthesizing large volumes of documents and evidence in complex criminal and civil cases. He has found that thorough preparation provides him with a purer focus, and in trials,…

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Brian Murray

Brian pursued an opportunity to work as an attorney at Zukerman due to the passionate belief upon which Larry Zukerman founded his firm: every case deserves the most fervent and sympathetic scrutiny to ensure that an individual’s rights and liberties are not unjustifiably lost. Brian is the only attorney in Ohio who has earned the distinction of being named by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the area criminal defense every year from 2011 through 2017. In addition to criminal defense, Brian’s practices areas include, but are not limited to OVI defense, personal injury, civil rights litigation, and appeals….

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Adam Brown

A graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Adam joined our firm in August 2014 immediately after taking the July 2014 Ohio Bar Examination. A native Clevelander, Adam’s passion has always been criminal defense and was thrilled when given the opportunity to return home to practice law alongside the knowledgeable and experienced lawyers at our firm. Adam concentrates his practice on criminal trials, appeals, civil litigation, as well as individuals and entities that are under investigation by a government or regulatory agency. Adam has defended companies and individuals in criminal and civil actions, as well as licensure actions…

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Awards / Recognition


No Double Dipping…For Now

No Double Dipping…For Now—IRS Clarifies that Taxpayers Cannot Claim Business Expense Deductions Paid with Forgiven PPP Loans By Larry W. Zukerman, Esq. and Adam M. Brown, Esq.   ...



You Have Questions

We Have Answers

Do I need to hire an attorney if I plan on pleading guilty?

Do I need to hire an attorney if I plan on pleading guilty?

Absolutely. You should never plead guilty without consulting an attorney. Only an attorney can determine if there are any legal or factual problems with your case that would enable you to have your case thrown out, get a lesser charge, or be acquitted.

Is there a difference between probation and post-release control (often referred to as parole)?
Is there a difference between a felony and misdemeanor charge?
What type of crimes does your firm handle?
If I get offered a plea bargain, should I take it?
Should I represent myself in a criminal case?

You Have Questions

Absolutely. You should never plead guilty without consulting an attorney. Only an attorney can determine if there are any legal or factual problems with your case that would enable you to have your case thrown out, get a lesser charge, or be acquitted.


Post-Release Control occurs after someone has been released from prison.

Probation is now referred to or called "community control sanction", which occurs when someone does not go to prison. If you violate either, a judge and or parole board, can violate you and send you to jail.

Felonies are more serious than misdemeanors.

Felony convictions can result in a prison sentence, while misdemeanor convictions can result in jail time. Both can result in loss of employment, driver license suspensions, fines, and in some instances sexual offender classification and notification requirements. Convictions for both stigmatize an individual which can follow them for the rest of their lives. 

We defend individuals charged with all misdemeanor and felony offenses in all municipal, state, and federal trial and appellate courts.

Unsure if we can handle your case? Give us a call at 216-696-0900 or send an email to hello@zukerman-law.com. We'll do whatever we can to help you navigate the complex legal system.

It depends upon many factors. There is no cookie-cutter client or cookie-cutter case. We see our clients as individuals whereas the justice system sees you as a number and a statistic. Every case and person is unique, which is why it is so important to consult with a lawyer who can understand all details as it applies to the person, the offense, and collateral consequences.

Never hesitate to reach out with questions. We can help you.

Absolutely not. There’s an old saying, "he who represents himself has a fool for a client." Don't be a fool.

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Your way of life and your future hangs in the balance, the attorneys at Zukerman are here to defend your freedom. Do not hesitate to contact us, we treat every matter seriously. Please fill out the form below and we will respond to your message as soon as possible.

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