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Elizabeth Selby

Elizabeth Selby established Selby Law in 2019 to provide comprehensive criminal defense legal services to clients in Northern Kentucky and Southwestern Ohio. For more than 15 years, Elizabeth has dedicated her law practice exclusively to criminal law. Her extensive background includes substantial criminal trial experience.

Elizabeth’s compassion for criminal defense began in college, when she majored in criminal justice and felt deep-seated alarm over the mass incarceration rates in the United States. Out of serious concern over the lack of quality representation for criminal defendants, she dedicated her professional life to protecting the freedom and liberty of individuals facing criminal charges.

The skills and strengths that Elizabeth utilizes in her criminal defense practice include a keen legal mind and an unwavering passion for justice. Her strong research and writing skills, trial skills, and in-depth court experience form a solid foundation for representing every client.

Elizabeth is thorough and tenacious. Her investigative skills are exceptional. She is relentless in her search for evidence that will help her client. In one of her cases, she secured dismissal of manslaughter charges against her client because she uncovered exculpatory evidence the night before trial. Real life doesn’t usually imitate made-for-TV drama in a criminal case, but it did in that instance.

Elizabeth’s preparation is meticulous at every stage of the process in a case, including court appearances, negotiations, and meetings. Her compassion and commitment make her a formidable adversary for any prosecutor in any case. Proof of her success is demonstrated by the fact that other attorneys often seek out Elizabeth for advice on criminal laws and trial strategy.

Before opening her own practice, Elizabeth served for over a decade as a public defender / public advocate in northern Kentucky. Her experience includes handling every type of criminal charge, including drug offenses, drunk driving and drugged driving cases, and juvenile matters. She also handles appeals, post-conviction matters, and expungements. In her private practice, Elizabeth represents clients in state and federal courts in Northern Kentucky and Southwestern Ohio.

Elizabeth grew up in California. She moved east with her whole family when her father’s employer transferred him. She has lived between Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for over 20 years. Now, Elizabeth, her husband, and their Labrador Retriever live in the Clifton neighborhood of Cincinnati.

When she’s not working, Elizabeth has fun just spending time with her husband and enjoying new restaurants with friends. She also enjoys yoga and shopping at Findlay Market.


  • Salmon P. Chase College of Law, J.D., 2004
  • University of Cincinnati, B.S. in Criminal Justice, magna cum laude

Professional Training

  • National Criminal Defense College, Macon, Georgia, 2014
  • Faubush KY DPA Litigation Persuasion Institute Advanced Track, 2007
  • Faubush KY DPA Litigation Persuasion Institute, 2005

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Ohio, 2004
  • Kentucky Supreme Court, 2005
  • Federal Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 2020

Professional Associations

  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association