I have over 40 years experience as a trial lawyer. 

I've been involved in many large litigation cases, including the Who Concert case involving nine deaths in 1979, and the Miamisburg train derailment class action suit in 1986.

I have handled thousands of serious civil matters, felony, and misdemeanor cases, as well as numerous multimillion dollar personal injury settlements and handled many high profile murder cases.


City Law Director Carlilse 1985 - Present

Real Estate Law and Business Law instructor at

Miami University 1979 - 1990

Magistrate in Warren County Court 2009 - 2015

Judge in Warren County Court  2013 - 2014

Member of the Ohio State Bar Association

Warren County Bar Association

Worked at the office of Ruppert, Bronson, Chicarelli & Smith 1975-1999.



University of Cincinnati College of Law 1975

Miami University 1971

Meadowdale High School 1968 


Attorney David A. Chicarelli
Attorney David Chicarelli

© Photography by Sam Igel II



Since moving back to Ohio from Chicago to join my father's firm, my practice has been primarily focused in the areas of criminal defense, divorce/custody, and personal injury. I have worked on hundreds of felony and misdemeanor cases from OVI’s and drag racing all the way to burglary and murder cases.


In addition to my extensive private practice work, I also assist in several municipal courts in the Dayton/Cincinnati area with prosecution. I have been serving as the Carlisle Mayor’s Court prosecutor since 2015 as well as Interim Law Director for the Village of Carlisle. I have successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases in my roles as prosecutor; therefore, I feel I bring a unique insight and skill set in my criminal defense practice. 


I'm passionate about helping people, so it was only natural that I would dive right into Family Law. I have been fortunate to be able to help wives, moms, husbands, dads, grandparents, and children through some of the hardest times in their lives and for that, I am truly grateful. I believe empathy, respect, and reasonableness are vital to any family law matter and I will always strive for that balance to bring the best and most cost effective resolution to whatever problem you might be facing. If you hire me, we are a team and you will not be alone.


I have successfully negotiated and litigated numerous personal injury matters from car and motorcycle accidents to dog bite cases and general negligence. If someone or something has caused you injury or suffering, I will work tirelessly to get you the best result. 


Being a versatile general practice law firm, I’ve handled all sorts of matters including the typical serious cases as well as the strange and unorthodox cases. I’m experienced in a wide array of areas including business and municipal law, students rights, federal civil rights, etc. That’s what I love about being an attorney, I get a new experience and perspective with every case because no two are entirely alike. 


When I’m not in the courtroom, I like to spend my time traveling and hiking with my lovely wife (who is way out of my league) and German Shepherd, Tico. Cars and motorcycles are my passion. You can always find me at the various car events all over Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus. Come say Hi! 


Chicago Kent College of Law, Illinois Institure of Technology 2014

Miami University, Cum Laude 2011
Springboro High School 2007


Phi Beta Kappa Society, Miami University 2011

Distinguished Howard White Award in Political Science, Miami University 2011

CALI Award in Legal Writing II 2012

Deans Honor List, Chicago-Kent 2013 & 2014

Deans Honor List, Miami University 2007 - 2011