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R. Clayton Lopez

R.Clayton Lopez

Practice Areas:

  • OVI
  • Traffic
  • Criminal
  • Divorce
  • Juvenile
Best Lawyers Lawyer of the year 2019 | Jon J. Saia | DUI/DWI Defense Columbus, OH, United States
Best Lawyers Lawyer of the year 2019 | Jon J. Saia | DUI/DWI Defense Columbus, OH, United States


Clay Lopez is an Associate Attorney with The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. He focuses his practice in the areas of OVI, criminal and traffic offenses, juvenile and domestic relations.

Attorney Lopez has substantial courtroom and trial experience in his 20 year career. Clay began his career as a Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney. As an Assistant Prosecutor, he honed his courtroom skills practicing in juvenile and felony courts. Since leaving the prosecutor's office in 2007, he has continued his legal career by representing individuals in a variety of legal matters throughout the State of Ohio. Known for his commitment to clients, Clay is willing to investigate and explore all avenues for the best possible outcome inside and outside of the courtroom.

Clay is a graduate of West Virginia University and Capital University Law School. Additionally, he currently serves on the Pickerington Local Schools Board of Education.

Since leaving the Prosecutor's Office in 2007, Clay has been in private practice. He has focused his practice in the areas of criminal defense and juvenile law. Clay works in all areas of criminal defense including, mayor's courts, county courts, and municipal courts - misdemeanor and OVI/OMVI and all felony cases arising in common pleas courts. In private practice, Clay travels the State of Ohio working for clients that are in need of a strong defense and protecting people who have been persecuted by the police and the government. Additionally, Clay represents clients in divorce and custody matters throughout Ohio.

Outside of the office, Clay serves on the Board of Education for the Pickerington Local School District. He is married and devotes much of his time to his family and the athletic events of his children.

Clay Lopez is licensed to practice throughout the State of Ohio and in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio. He is also the Chairperson for the Columbus Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee.


  • Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
    • Juris Doctor - 1999
  • West Virginia University
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1996

Bar Admission

  • Ohio, 1999

Professional Associations

  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Ohio State Bar Association