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Attorney R. Paul Cushion II

The R. Paul Cushion, II Law Firm
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The Hallmark of the R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq. Law Firm is their thorough preparation at each phase of the legal process. Their trademark preparation is surpassed only by the passion they hold for their client's legal rights. This passion may, itself, be surpassed by the aggressive legal style of representation this Law Firm displays at each phase of the legal process. These fundamental traits for successful legal defense flow from its founder and CEO, Attorney R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq. The legal career of Attorney R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq. is legendary and the topic of numerous literary and professional articles. Attorney Cushion has fought against, and has overcome, his own legal and personal adversities during his professional career. These incredulous adversities that Attorney Cushion faced in his turbulent journey would have shut most individuals down. Attorney Cushion chose a different, less traveled path, and responded to this adversity with steadfast resolve. Attorney Cushion overcame his trials and tribulations through his unyielding passion for knowledge and by his faith, both in the power of God and in the power contained in knowledge of the law. His unquenchable desire for justice only intensified.


"I now know that innocent people are wrongly accused of serious crimes. The adversity that I had to face in my own personal journey has only strengthened my resolve for justice. I have learned, over time, that there are occasions when the government attempts to control the direction a case takes, with the turf slanted decidedly in their favor. The government has more money, more resources, and far more man-power than any one person could possibly gain. Be that as it may, this 'playing field' can, and must, be leveled. In order to 'level the playing field', so as to ensure that justice is afforded to all of our citizenry, it necessarily requires the personal doggedness that is evinced by our law firm in the form of knowledge, perseverance, tenacity and resolve. Abandonment of even one of these traits at any phase of the litigation can never be an option. It is imperative that we wage a constant, fierce and strategic legal battle at every tactical phase and be prepared to "throw down" at every advantageous opportunity that arises. Legal knowledge and unabashed tenacity are our greatest weapons...and this battle begins from the very inception of the case until such time as we approve of the options available and 'on the table'. Only then can we make a proper and palatable decision. Only then will this decision be our own."
--R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq.


The R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq. Law Firm is committed to the proposition that "we will never refer our clients to an attorney whom they have never met, or simply are not comfortable with. We ensure the legal truism which demands that the government must 'come through us'--a passionate and dedicated legal team that consists of highly trained and extremely knowledgeable legal professionals--to get to our clients. We believe that the legal protection of our clients is of paramount importance and comes only through a combination of 1) aggressive legal representation, coupled with 2) the development of an individual legal strategy from the inception of the case, both of which then must be combined with the 3) unbridled preservation of our clients' legal rights through strategic, yet selective, judicial intervention. These are the fundamental and primary legal safeguards a client must be afforded in this "new legal age" in which we now live. This is a modern society where the so-called 'Patriot Act', and other unprecedented governmental legislation have the stated goals of the erosion of those inherent rights which 'we the people' were unconditionally granted by our forefathers, because of--not in spite of--our proud heritage. The introduction of this type of reactionary legislation seems to have accelerated in the past two decades. At our Law firm, we relish those individual rights bestowed upon us by our forefathers and consider these rights sacrosanct and inviolable. Our clients must know that we embrace this concept without qualification and that we are at their sides during their most troubling times. They must know that our Laws Firm will 'have their backs' throughout the entirety of their legal battle. It is our unreserved position that the strongest weapons we hold in our defense against governmental 'overreaching' and 'strong-arm' tactics are the knowledge and use of the appropriate laws and the tactical coordination of those laws in our jurisprudence system." --R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq.


The CEO and Founder, Attorney R. Paul Cushion, II, has litigated literally thousands of Jury and Bench trials in Federal, State and Municipal courts throughout this state. Attorney Cushion has previously held a position of authority in the Criminal Justice system since 1977. Attorney Cushion is a former Police Officer, a former Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the General Felony and Major Drug Offender Divisions of the Cuyahoga County, Ohio Prosecutor's Office, and a former Assistant Attorney General in the Federal Litigation and Criminal Justice Divisions of the Ohio Attorney General's Office. He has served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Ohio venues of Cuyahoga County, Huron County, Lorain County, and Portage County. Attorney R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq. graduated with High Honors, cum laude, from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. His undergraduate Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice was earned at The Kent State University.


Attorney R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq. is licensed to practice law in every state, county and municipal lower and appellate court system in Ohio, including the Ohio Supreme Court. At the Federal level, he is licensed to practice in all Northern and Southern Districts Federal Courts in Ohio. He is also licensed to practice before the Sixth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals and the prestigious United States Supreme Court, located in Washington, D.C. Currently, Attorney Cushion is seeking to appear, pro hac vice, as the attorney-of-record for a native "Clevelander" accused of federal offenses in the North Carolina Federal Court system.


Attorney Cushion holds an unblemished record in the United States Supreme Court. He successfully defended the State of Ohio in a Civil Rights law suit brought against the State of Ohio at all phases of the litigation, and which case was ultimately brought before the United States Supreme Court on appeal. In winning the appeal, he saved the Ohio taxpayers untold amounts of money. He is highly respected as a "heavy-hitter" in the legal community, and beyond. He has been assigned the moniker "the Bulldog with Brains", based upon his aggressive legal style and shrewd courtroom tactics.


Attorney Cushion has successfully defended individuals against an array of serious felony charges that carried potentially "centuries of prison time" attached to them. Most recently, Attorney Cushion was afforded media attention for his suave criminal defense of an individual indicted for "stacking" his bet at the Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland, Ohio. After all was said and done in this case, the Horseshoe Casino was ordered to return the accused's winnings, which were in excess of $32,500.00. The accused was then granted probation. (TAKE NOTE: GAMBLING LAWS IN OHIO HAVE RECENTLY BEEN CHANGED. DO NOT TRY TO CHEAT IN AN OHIO CASINO! THEIR CAMERA SYSTEMS RIVAL THOSE OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND YOU WILL BE CAUGHT!)

Attorney Cushion brings twenty-seven (27+) plus years of "raw, hard-core" and intense Criminal Justice experience to your side. He has been involved in literally tens of thousands of criminal cases. His experience in Major Drug Offender and Drug Trafficking Crimes, and their defense, include cases where individuals were charged with Major Drug Trafficking, alleging 100 times-1000 times bulk, and where the Indictments contained "Major Drug Offender" specifications, "Schoolyard" specifications, "Weapon" specifications, and the always included "Forfeiture provision" (seeking forfeiture to the government of all your assets, including all your cell phones, money, scales, cars, savings accounts, and homes.) "If you own it, they want it!" Attorney Cushion's experience includes federal drug cases where his client was charged by the Federal Government with a national and multi-million dollar cocaine distribution conspiracy ring. His experience includes cases where individuals were charged with such serious crimes as State Murder and Attempted Murder, Federal R.I.C.O. charges (alleging organized criminal activity), State Rape charges (with and without "Age" specifications), State Felonious Assault charges (with and without "Weapon" specifications), State Kidnapping and Aggravated Robbery charges (with and without "Weapon" specifications), as well as cases involving Interstate Tier Level Sex Offender status challenges, Federal and State Sex Offense charges, State Internet crimes, Ohio Corrupt Activity offense charges (alleging organized crime and seeking forfeiture of the clients homes), sophisticated State Financial Crime charges, complex Federal and State Conspiracy charges, State Aggravated and Grand Theft charges, as well as other complex criminal litigation, and a gambit of other Federal and State offenses.


Most recently Attorney Cushion represented an accused in his criminal sentencing phase. The accused had previously pleaded guilty to State charges of Aggravated Robbery (a Felony of the First Degree which carries a sentence of up to 11 years of incarceration) with a one-year Firearm Specification (which carries a mandatory one-year sentence of incarceration), Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle (a Felony of the 4th degree, which carries 18 months incarceration) and two (2) counts of Kidnapping (both Felonies of the First Degree, each carrying 11 years of incarceration) and both with one-year Firearm specifications(which each carried a mandatory one-year sentence of incarceration). The accused was facing a real potential for 37 years and six months of prison time as a result of his plea bargain. Attorney Cushion successfully argued for his client that most recently, the Ohio Supreme Court had adopted a new "animus-based" legal test for felony sentencing, which applies when an accused is convicted on multiple felony charges, and Attorney Cushion successfully argued that his client could only be sentenced on one of the underlying charges and only one of the one-year weapon specifications as a result of this Ohio Supreme Court ruling. The Trial Court researched this issue, and agreed with Attorney CushionÃâs argument. The Trial Court ruled in favor of Attorney Cushion's client. The State of Ohio zealously objected, stated their legal argument, in opposition, in clear and precise terms, but ultimately the State was forced to choose which of the one offenses the State of Ohio would seek to have this accused sentenced on. Attorney Cushion's successful legal argument armed him with the legal weapon he needed for ensuring that the time his client could face in prison dropped from the "certainty" of 37 years and six months in prison to a maximum of eleven years in prison. By "doing his legal homework", Attorney Cushion saved his client an additional 27 years and six months in prison. Once again, by being absolutely prepared at this client's sentencing phase of his criminal case, Attorney Cushion saved his client from serving over a quarter of a century of more time in prison.


Attorney Cushion has also successfully defended individuals in Federal, State and Municipal misdemeanor DUI/DWI matters, misdemeanor Driving Under Suspension charges, a variety of misdemeanor criminal offenses (including petty theft, aggravated menacing, assault, domestic violence and numerous types of drug charges), and has represented individuals in License Reinstatement matters, gaining Occupational Driving Privileges, charges related to C.D.L. Revocation/Suspension concerns, along with numerous other misdemeanor criminal and traffic offenses in the Federal, State and Municipal courts.

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Federal Civil Rights litigation is Attorney R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq.'s personal passion. Attorney Cushion has substantial Federal Civil Rights experience in the Federal Court system. For five plus years, he successfully defended the State of Ohio in literally hundreds of Civil Rights law suits brought in Federal Court against the employees of the State of Ohio. He has defended the past Ohio Governor on numerous occasions. Attorney Cushion brings this vast experience to the forefront, now on behalf of the State of Ohio citizenry. As a Civil Rights Law Firm, the R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq. Law Firm places heavy emphasis on cases involving Police Misconduct and Public Corruption matters. Many lawyers and law firms shy away from these high profile and difficult political cases. The R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq. Law Firm aggressively represents those individuals whose cases involve corrupt public officials.


In particular, The R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq. Law Firm represents those individuals who suffer physical and psychological injuries at the hands of overzealous and physically abusive Police Officers and guards. By any other suggestion, these "Police Officers" have migrated to that position of authority for all the wrong reasons. These corrupt public servants are, in a term, the "fringe oppressors of our citizenry". These corrupt public servants are impressed only by their own power and authority, and the personal benefits they are able to derive from it.


The R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq. Law Firm firmly believes that the duties of a Police Officer are to stand honestly and forthright on behalf of the citizens of our community. Many of our sworn officers do just that. They represent our community in a manner consistent with their sworn duties to uphold and enforce the laws of our nation. "We the people" grant them this power so as to ensure that our nation is safe and secure. We endow them with the responsibility of guaranteeing that our citizens are protected from harm and protected by the laws. Our Law Firm commends and thanks these law abiding and trusted public servants who are the true and honorable ÃâPolice OfficersÃâ that place their lives in jeopardy on a daily basis in order to ensure the safety and security of all citizens and all while upholding the laws. These folks are truly the unsung heroes of our community.


It is, however, those sordid "public servants" that abuse their positions of trust in order to benefit their own personal and primal urges who are the subject of our contempt. It is these vile individuals that must be removed from these public positions of trust. It is those corrupted individuals who have abandoned their vows to uphold the laws and protect the citizenry that are the target of this Law Firm's bane. Any abuse of authority by a "public servant" is a violation of that individualÃâs sworn duties. We, as citizens, have conditionally granted these sworn "public servants" the authority and power to act on our behalf. When they abuse this trust we have placed in them, we then must take responsibility and revoke their powers, just as certainly as we have granted this authority to them. That is a primary goal of this Law Firm.



The R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq. Law Firm incorporates into its very essence the unqualified promise that "it is this firm's duty, responsibility and obligation to bring to justice those corrupted public servants that abuse their authority at will, and therein violate the public trust granted unto them. These corrupt and squalid Ãâpublic servantsÃâ must be taken to task and made to pay dearly for their patent abuses of their positions of authority. Any abuse of authority is properly termed ÃâcorruptionÃâ. The corruption of the political and social process by these individuals inevitably results in unfathomable harm to our citizens and ultimately, leads to anarchy. It is our goal, with the assistance of our citizenry, to rid our community of these corrupted Ãâpublic servantsÃâ and make them pay in all respects.Ãâ Tough justice is required when Ãâpublic officialsÃâ abuse their authority.



The R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq. Law Firm will also undertake legal representation of those individuals that have been wrongly accused of engaging in sham and spurious Civil Rights violations (landlords and employers seem to be a favorite target). This Firm will defend such individuals before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, before any Administrative body, or in any other court of law. Justice is required for all of the citizens of our Great Nation. Our Firm believes that "what is good for the goose is good for the gander" in every area of law. This is but one.



ÃâThe protection of the most vulnerable of our citizenry, together with all other citizens of this great nation of ours, is the privilege which the R. Paul Cushion, II, Law Firm has accepted, and will honorably undertake this most solemn of responsibilities, with both zeal and tempered passion, on behalf of our citizenry. It would truly be our honor to serve those of you that seek true justice in any of these legal matters that may befall you."--R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq.
If you are in need of aggressive and experienced legal representation in Criminal or Traffic matters, or if your Civil Rights have been violated and you are seeking justice, or if you have been the subject of corruption at the hands of sordid public officials and desire redress, do not hesitate to CALL US! We are:

The R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq. Law Firm
Phone: (216) 502-0800

In keeping with our sincere conviction that every person is entitled to true justice, regardless of their position in our social hierarchy, the initial consultation is always FREE. We do, however, reserve the right to revoke this privilege from those that abuse their authority. The largest majority of the citizenry are, however, encouraged to call us!

Education
Cleveland Marshall College of Law
J.D. | Law
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Honors: Graduated cum laude
Kent State University
B.S. (1983) | Criminal Justice
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Honors: Dean's List
Activities: President, Lambda Alpha Epsilon (Criminal Justice Fraternity), Student Senate member
Professional Experience
Member
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Attorney/Office Manager*
The R. Paul Cushion, II Law Firm
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I am responsible for the administration of a law firm. These duties include thorough knowledge of state and federal laws, ensuring all legal time lines are strictly complied with, drafting and editing all legal materials, supplying legal counsel and advice, hiring and supervising all legal personnel, making decisions regarding all office purchases, public relations dissemination, managing the law firm's daily affairs. Areas of practice include Federal, State and Municipal Criminal Defense; Civil Rights violation claims; Police Misconduct claims; White Collar Criminal Defense; Major Drug Offender Criminal Defense; Gender, race, ethnicity and age discrimination claims; First Amendment Claims; Restaurant and Personal Injury claims; Traffic and DUI/DWI Defense; Internet Crimes Criminal Defense; CDL matters; Public Corruption claims; Federal and State Complex Litigation; Public Records Laws requests and claims, including Writs of Mandamus; 42 USC Sec. 1983, Title VII, Title IX, EEOC, Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Major Drug Offender Enforcement Division
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Responsibilities included the investigation, indictment, pre-trial litigation, jury and bench trials, and follow through with appellate briefs and arguments in all criminal cases related to the prosecution of major drug offenders, criminal offenses, and organized criminal enterprises. The indictment process included securing search warrants, presenting secret grand jury testimony, witness interviews, forfeitures and the use of Ohio R.I.C.O. statutes, inter alia, in major drug trafficking cases. The pre-trial and trial phases included all motion practice, oral arguments to the court, witness and evidence presentation, jury instructions and all aspects of litigation. Appellate practice at all levels. This is an area I know very well, and understand the complexities and legal requirements at each phase.
Assistant Attorney General, Federal Litigation Division
The State of Ohio Attorney General
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Responsibilities included all phases of federal court civil rights defense litigation, beginning with the initial Answer of the Defendant continuing through with the appellate practice before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (see, e.g., Woodbridge v. Dahlberg, 954 F.2d 1231 (6th Cir. 1992)) and before the United States Supreme Court. All aspects of this position required thorough and continuing knowledge of every phase of federal court practice, and serving as a liaison between the Office of the Attorney General and other public offices which, at times, were diametrically opposed in political philosophies and parties. Knowledge and application of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were of paramount importance.
Publications
Articles & Publications
Woodbridge v. Dahlberg, 954 F.2d 1231 (6th Cir. 1992)
Federal Court
Federal Appeals and District Court Memorandums
The Federal Courts and Federal Court of Appeals
Certifications
Mediation Certification
Cleveland Mediation Center
Consultant
Gerson Lehrman Group
Ohio Sunshine/Public Records Laws
The Ohio Attorney General
Professional Associations
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Activities: Intelligence proven by members: Upper 2% of all people of the human race.
Federal Bar Association
Member in Good Standing
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Activities: Member of the Criminal Law Section, Member of the Civil Rights Section, Member of the Employment Law Section
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Member in Good Standing
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Activities: Member of the Criminal Law Section, Member of the Civil Rights Section, Member of the Juvenile law Section
American Bar Association
Member
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Federal Bar Association
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Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
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1888DrugCrimes
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Activities: http://www.1888drugcrimes.com/
Lorain County Bar Association
Member
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American Bar Association
Member in Good Standing
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Activities: Member of the Criminal Law Section, Member of the Civil Rights Section, Member of the Employment Law Section
Ohio State Bar Association
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Ohio State Bar
Member in Good Standing
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Activities: Member of the Criminal Law Section, Member of the Civil Rights Section
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Ohio
6th Circuit
Federal Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    The initial consultation may be done in person or over the phone, and lasts between 10-30 minutes depending upon the complexity of the case.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Master Card and Visa
  • Contingent Fees
    I accept contingency fees in most personal injury cases.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    In State Court, at the trial level, my rate is generally $175 per hour. At the State Appellate level my rate is $250 per hour. In Federal Court, or in special types of cases, my fee is $375 per hour. All rates as listed do not include any out-of-pocket expenses, which would be additional to the standard fees.
Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Claims
  • DUI & DWI
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Appeals & Appellate
Additional Practice Areas
  • Public Record Requests
  • Restaurant Injury
  • Car Accidents
  • Casino Law
  • Police Misconduct
  • Ohio Public Records Law
  • General Civil
  • First Amendment Claims
  • Drug Crime Defense
  • Constitutional Law
  • Public Corruption
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Italian: Spoken, Written
  • Latin: Written
  • Romanian: Written
  • Spanish: Written
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The R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq.
75 Public Square, Suite 914
Cleveland, OH 44113
USA
Telephone: (216) 630-1052
Cell: (216) 244-4073
75 Public Square, Suite 914
75 Public Square, Suite 914
Cleveland, OH 44113
USA
Telephone: (216) 630-1052
Cell: (216) 244-4073