Candace Crouse is a member of the Criminal Defense, Corporate Compliance Group and the Litigation Departments at Strauss Troy. She represents individuals and businesses at all levels of criminal law in federal and state courts.
She is devoted to fighting for the rights of her clients. She has been counsel in some of the most high-profile and complex cases in Ohio and Kentucky as both retained and appointed counsel.
Candace grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Virginia University with a B.A. in International Studies and German. She went on to earn her J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law, where she was a managing editor of The Ohio State Law Journal and a member of the Civil Rights Moot Court team. She was honored to be selected as an extern for the Honorable Algenon L. Marbley, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Ohio during her third year of law school.
After graduating from law school, Candace had the privilege of clerking for the Honorable Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia. Her two-year federal clerkship sparked her interest in criminal law and standing up for defendants who face the virtually unlimited resources of the government. After her clerkship, she made it her mission to vigorously defend people who have been accused of crimes. She has tried numerous federal and state jury trials and has argued cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Hamilton County Court of Appeals.Since 2004, Candace has been practicing criminal law with her mentor and friend, Martin Pinales.
She is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute and the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and a Sixth Circuit Vice-Chair of the NACDL Amicus Committee. She was selected by her peers to be the 2012-13 President of the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
In addition to her private practice, she is pro bono counsel for the Volunteer Lawyers Project and has been selected by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to serve on the Criminal Justice Act Panel in Cincinnati and Dayton.