Steven M. Dettelbach


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Steven Dettelbach is a seasoned litigator and counselor who serves as co-leader of BakerHostetler’s White Collar, Investigations and Securities Enforcement and Litigation team. He returned to the firm in 2016 after spending almost seven years as the presidentially appointed United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. As U.S. Attorney, Steve ran high-profile investigations and both supervised and personally handled large-scale, crisis-level litigations, many of which involved intense public and media scrutiny. He also supervised a broad docket of complex civil matters, representing both defendants and plaintiffs, and worked closely with and led selection processes for independent monitors.

In his 30-year career, Steve has been involved in nearly every type of criminal, civil or regulatory investigation. He has also served as counsel on both sides of Congressional hearings and investigations. He has served in senior policy roles at the Department of Justice, having been appointed by two Attorneys General to the prestigious Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC), where he worked closely with other senior leaders at the department. He also was appointed to Chair the AGAC Civil Rights Subcommittee by both Attorneys General Holder and Lynch, and was the longest serving Chair in the Obama Administration.

Prior to his appointment, Steve served for almost two decades as a federal prosecutor at Main Justice in the Civil Rights Division and in United States Attorneys’ Offices, as counsel in the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and as the Democratic nominee for Ohio Attorney General in 2018. He has tried more than 30 cases to verdict and been involved in criminal matters in more than 20 states and the District of Columbia. Steve has never lost a federal criminal trial.*

*Does not guarantee similar results in comparable matters.

Recognitions and Memberships


  • Chambers USA: Litigation: White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations in Ohio (2022
    • Band 2 (2022)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2019 to Present)
    • Ohio: Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • The Legal 500 United States 
    • Recommended in Dispute Resolution: Securities Litigation - Defense (2022)
    • Recommended in Dispute Resolution - Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense (2017 to 2018, 2020)
    • Recommended in Corporate Governance (2017 to 2018, 2020)
  • Northeast Ohio Chapter of the American Constitution Society: Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones Award for Public Service (2016)
  • Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Special Service Award in recognition of exceptional work as chair of the AGAC Civil Rights Subcommittee
  • William D. Neumann Prosecutor of the Year, International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (1998)
  • Multiple Letters of Commendation from United States attorneys general, FBI directors, inspectors general and others
  • Exemplar Award, Recovery Resources, for organizing and leading the Heroin and Opioid Task Force aimed at a multidisciplinary approach to the opioid epidemic (2015)
  • Community Partner of the Year, Cuyahoga County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (2014)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's Pace Setter Diversity and Inclusion Award, for community outreach and hiring as United States attorney (2012)


  • National Association of Former United States Attorneys


  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland: Board of Directors
  • Democratic Nominee for Ohio Attorney General (2018)
  • Democratic National Convention
    • Platform Committee (2016)
    • Credentials Committee (2008)
  • Montefiore Nursing Home, Beachwood, Ohio (2008 to 2009)
    • Board of Directors and Chair of Government Relations Committee
  • Anti-Defamation League: Board of Directors for the Allegheny Region (2006 to 2008)
  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law: Board of Visitors

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Prior Positions

  • United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio (2009 to 2016)
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP: Partner (2006 to 2009)
  • Ohio Ethics Commission: Commissioner (2008 to 2009)
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Cleveland, Organized Crime and Corruption Task Force (2003 to 2006)
  • United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Detailed as Counsel to Chairman Patrick Leahy (2001 to 2003)
  • Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Chief, Southern Division, District of Maryland (1997 to 2001)
  • Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section: Trial Attorney and Acting Deputy Chief (1992 to 1997)
  • Hon. Stanley Sporkin, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Law Clerk (1991 to 1992)


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Ohio
  • District of Columbia


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1991, magna cum laude
  • A.B., Dartmouth College, 1988, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa