Joseph Deters

Of Counsel

513.651.3700

F: 513.665.0219

jdeters@msdlegal.com

VCard: Joseph Deters

Joseph Deters began his career in public service in 1982 as an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor, where he learned the impact that violent crime has on families and neighborhoods. As an assistant prosecutor, he dedicated his life to serving and helping Cincinnati’s communities.
After a notable tenure as a tough assistant prosecutor, he was elected to the position of Hamilton County Clerk of Courts in 1988. There, Joe developed his skills as a manager of a large office (350 employees) and gained the respect of other officeholders and the community.
In 1992, Joe returned to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office when he was appointed, and later that year elected, as Prosecuting Attorney of Hamilton County.
Joe is now Hamilton County’s longest serving Prosecuting Attorney (1992-1999 and 2005-present). He is an experienced criminal and civil attorney who is recognized as one of the toughest and most innovative prosecutors in the nation. Joe manages an office of more than 170 employees (both Criminal and Civil divisions), which includes assistant prosecutors and support staff. His office prosecutes all felony offenses (approximately 10,000 cases per year) and juvenile criminal offenses committed in the county. The office also handles all misdemeanor crimes in the county (approximately 40,000 cases per year) excluding offenses committed in the City of Cincinnati.
Joe serves as Chief Legal Counsel for all county officials, county agencies, townships, and various boards. He and his assistant prosecutors appear in all Ohio state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Joseph Deters

Of Counsel

Joseph Deters began his career in public service in 1982 as an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor, where he learned the impact that violent crime has on families and neighborhoods. As an assistant prosecutor, he dedicated his life to serving and helping Cincinnati’s communities.

After a notable tenure as a tough assistant prosecutor, he was elected to the position of Hamilton County Clerk of Courts in 1988. There, Joe developed his skills as a manager of a large office (350 employees) and gained the respect of other officeholders and the community.

513.651.3700

F: 513.665.0219

jdeters@msdlegal.com

VCard: Joseph Deters

In 1992, Joe returned to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office when he was appointed, and later that year elected, as Prosecuting Attorney of Hamilton County.
Joe is now Hamilton County’s longest serving Prosecuting Attorney (1992-1999 and 2005-present). He is an experienced criminal and civil attorney who is recognized as one of the toughest and most innovative prosecutors in the nation. Joe manages an office of more than 170 employees (both Criminal and Civil divisions), which includes assistant prosecutors and support staff. His office prosecutes all felony offenses (approximately 10,000 cases per year) and juvenile criminal offenses committed in the county. The office also handles all misdemeanor crimes in the county (approximately 40,000 cases per year) excluding offenses committed in the City of Cincinnati.
Joe serves as Chief Legal Counsel for all county officials, county agencies, townships, and various boards. He and his assistant prosecutors appear in all Ohio state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Joe Deters has dedicated his life to serving and helping Cincinnati’s communities."

"Joe Deters has dedicated his life to serving and helping Cincinnati’s communities."

EDUCATION

The University of Cincinnati, BA, 1979
The University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1982

AFFILIATIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • The Cincinnati Bar Association
  • The Ohio State Bar Association
  • The Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association
  • The National District Attorneys Association
  • The Joint Task Force to Review the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty
  • Joe is consistently involved in the Cincinnati community, including having served on the St. Joseph’s Cemetery Board of Trustees, the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees, the Ohio Organized Crime Commission, and the Southern Ohio Leukemia Foundation.
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