Wesley's Awards

The Ohio State Bar Association recognizes an attorney's extraordinary achievements and contribution to the Ohio legal community.

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The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is invitation-only, made up of the premier trial lawyers from each state.

The Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the premier professional association for Ohio defense attorneys.

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Described by clients as “dedicated to professionalism” and “deeply effective in court,” Wesley Buchanan is widely regarded as one of the fiercest defense attorneys in Northeast Ohio.

Wesley credits his fighting spirit to his grandfather, a defense lawyer from Columbus, Ohio. Now a distinguished attorney in his own right, Wesley helps people contend with serious criminal charges and legal matters across Ohio. With an impressive trial record and reputation for fighting hard for every client, Wesley takes the tough cases and proudly walks people through every step along the way.

“A great guy and an excellent attorney. I am so grateful to him and would recommend to anyone needing top-notch legal help.” –Jayson

Wesley is a proud father to twin girls and a regular fixture at courthouses across Ohio. See his latest courthouse check-in by following him on Instagram.

former Client

5 stars

Mr. Buchanan is a top-shelf attorney!

Easy-going attitude, fantastic legal mind, and his in-depth legal knowledge is second to none!"

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Practice Areas


  • J.D., University of Akron School of Law
  • B.S., Heidelberg University


  • All State Courts in Ohio
  • All State Courts in California
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court – Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of California
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys – Life Member
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Portage County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association – Northern District of Ohio


  • State of Ohio v. Brandon DeLeon
    Our client was sentenced to more time than was permitted under the law. On appeal, Wesley argued this was an error by the trial court.
  • State of Ohio v. Jarvell Henderson
    The client was offered a plea for a life sentence with parole eligibility after 25 years. The government withdrew the plea, and our client appealed. On appeal, Wesley argued that the text messages between trial counsel and the prosecutor should be considered valid a plea agreement.
  • State of Ohio v. Danielle Mitchell
    Client was convicted of robbery. On appeal, Wesley argued that the evidence was insufficient to convict, and the trial court made an error by admitting evidence that should not have been allowed.
  • State of Ohio v. Traci Smith
    Our client pled no contest to Wadsworth Codified Ordinances. She was sentenced to seven days in the Wadsworth City Jail. On appeal, Wesley presented the case to the Ninth District Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals reversed the conviction. After Wesley demanded a jury trial, the government dismissed the case.