Gus Lazares







Gus is a trial lawyer with extensive jury trial experience.  Gus’s litigation experience includes cases as a prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, civil defense attorney, and plaintiff’s attorney---in short, he can see a case from all angles. 
As a member of the Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima, Gus represents injured individuals and families who lost loved ones too soon.  He channels his passion, energy, skills and experience toward making his clients whole.  An injured person often feels like the deck is stacked them, but Gus strives to help his clients balance the scales and challenge bigger, more powerful defendants such as insurance companies and large corporations.  
Gus spent most of his life in the Cincinnati area, graduated from Kings High School, and Miami University before attending law school at Ohio State where he was named one of top trial advocacy students in the nation.  When he is not in the courtroom, Gus serves as the President of the Parish Council at the Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.  
Gus loves spending his free time with his wife and family.  

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio


  • Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D.
    • Honors: George A. Spiegelberg Award for Nation’s Top Oral Advocate (Awarded by the American College of Trial Lawyers)
    • Honors: CALI Award for Top Grade in Depositions, Pretrial Litigation, Appellate Advocacy and Lawyers & the Media
    • Honors: Extern for The Honorable Judge Walter Rice of the Southern District of Ohio
  • Miami University
    • Honors: All-American Mock Trial Attorney Award (from the American Mock Trial Association)
    • Honors: Harrison Scholar (full four-year scholarship)
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa


  • Ohio Association for Justice, Member
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Member


  • Haughey, Deters & Niehaus LLC
  • Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
  • Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP