Stephen T. Wolfe Esq.

Stephen T. Wolfe Esq.

Founding Member
Columbus, Ohio

Stephen T. Wolfe is a lifelong resident of central Ohio. After graduating from Thomas Worthington High School in 2000, he attended the Ohio State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in English in 2004.  While at Ohio State, Stephen participated in a study abroad program at Oxford University in England, studying the Anglo-American legal system.

Upon graduation from Ohio State, Stephen attended Capital University Law School, where he graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 2008 and was able to once again study law at Oxford University.  While attending law school, he worked for the Columbus City Prosecutor's Office, starting his career path as a criminal attorney.  Upon graduation, Stephen realized that his true passion was in criminal defense, not prosecution, and after passing the bar exam, he began working for the Columbus firm of Cooper & Pennington Co., LPA (formerly known as Christopher M. Cooper Co., LPA).  While with Cooper & Pennington, Stephen focused on criminal defense, learning from prominent Columbus criminal defense attorneys Christopher Cooper and Crysta Pennington. During this time, Stephen gained extensive trial experience ranging from simple traffic offenses to high profile murder cases.

After nearly five years with Cooper & Pennington, Stephen departed amicably in order to firm Wolfe Van Wey & Associates, LLC, with long time friend Marcus M. Van Wey.  At Wolfe Van Wey & Associates, Stephen focuses his practice entirely on criminal defense and appeals.

Stephen is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, a member of its Criminal Justice Committee, and has served on its legislative subcommittee where he has offered a defense attorney’s perspective on proposed changes to Ohio’s criminal laws. He is also a member of the Licking County Bar Association and Ohio Association of Criminal Defense lawyers.  Further, Stephen has attended and completed the National Defender's Training Project, a weeklong practicum for criminal defense attorneys; is Rule 20 Certified to represent indigent defendants in death penalty cases or appeals; and is a CJA panel member selected to represent certain indigent defendants in federal court.


Areas of Practice

  • 75% Criminal Defense
  • 10% OVI/DUI Defense (drunk driving)
  • 15% Appeals

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2015


  • Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
    • Juris Doctorate - May, 2008
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science cum laude - June, 2004
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Economics
    • Minor: English
  • Thomas Worthington High School - 2000
  • Oxford University in England
    • Anglo-American legal system

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016 - Present
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member, 2008 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense lawyers, Member, 2014 - Present
  • Licking County Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Cooper & Pennington Co., LPA (formerly known as Christopher M. Cooper Co., LPA), Associate, 2009 - 2013
  • Columbus City Prosecutor's Office


  • English