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Meet the FOX19 NOW Legal Team

From left to right: Mark Krumbein, Mike Allen and Clyde Bennet. (FOX19 NOW) From left to right: Mark Krumbein, Mike Allen and Clyde Bennet. (FOX19 NOW)

Mark Krumbein

Mark Krumbein is a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor who has practiced law for over 30 years. He is a graduate of the Miami University School of Business and the University Of Toledo Law School. He also attended the London School of Economics and Miami University's Luxembourg Center. 

He began his career as a Hamilton County Public Defender, turning down one of the highest paying law firm jobs in the state. Among his many trial mentors in the Public Defender's Office was Eugene Smith Jr., a former Tuskegee combat pilot and veteran criminal defense attorney. After two years in the Public Defenders Office, he soon began major felony work in state and federal court. At the time the Ohio Supreme Court had no rules in place as to the experience level needed to handle a capital murder case. While still in his 20's he was appointed by Judge Norbert Nadel to his first capital murder, a double homicide, with future federal Judge Michael Barrett. They obtained a not guilty on one aggravated murder and a reduced charge on the second murder. They were able to spare their clients life even after a tape recorded confession.

That was the first of several dozen murder cases including a large number of capital murders. 

He also handled the largest income tax fraud case of its type in U.S. Federal Court. He and his client were invited as a guests on NightLine and his client testified before a Congressional Subcommittee.

He successfully used the battered wife syndrome defense in a murder, which legal scholars believe was the first time in Ohio. This was a huge step forward for women's rights. Among many cases in his career, this one received national attention, including an interview by the reining Miss America. Soon after that case he became a founding member of The Ohio Women's Bar Association. 

Cincinnati's first DNA murder trial was also one of his early cases. He has represented alleged major drug cartel clients and Hell's Angels. One of his capital murder trials was made into a television show hosted by Clooney for the On Trial series. 

Mark, along with his opponent Joe Deters, questioned two of the FBI experts from the O.J. Simpson trial in a subsequent capital murder trial in Ohio. One of O.J. Simpson's attorney's, F. Lee Bailey, helped Mark prepare his questions. F. Lee Bailey's Sam Sheppard murder trial became the basis of the TV show and movie, The Fugitive.

He is one of six attorneys in southern Ohio that is National Highway Traffic Safety Administration certified as a DUI/OVI testing instructor. His experience with DUI/OVI's, aggravated vehicular assaults and vehicular homicides is extensive.

Mark is a sought after legal commentator for television, radio, newspapers, and magazines. He started on The Bill Cunningham Show, WLW 700, in the late 80's and  is still a regular, heard often on the Scott Sloane Show. His comments have been printed in the Cincinnati Enquirer and the past Cincinnati Post for decades. He has commented for WLWT, WCPO, WKRC, AND FOX19 NOWfor decades also. 

On the national and Canadian scene, he has covered major trials such as Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman for radio stations, especially New York City.

He also does legal commentary internationally for the BBC, The British Broadcasting Corporation Worldwide News Report. The reports have an average listenership of 125 million. 

Mark looks forward to working with the FOX19 NOW team to do fair and unbiased legal commentary as the nation watches the Ray Tensing murder trial. 

Mike Allen

Mike and his firm, Michael K. Allen & Associates, LLC provide services in all areas of criminal defense law in the Southwest Ohio area, including Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Warren and Preble counties. Michael is a highly skilled litigator with over 40 years of experience in the criminal justice system as a former police officer, assistant prosecutor, judge, elected county prosecutor, published legal author, and, currently, legal analyst for FOX19 NOW and 700 WLW radio in Cincinnati. Michael and his firm have established a reputation for providing the most efficient and aggressive legal defense for people charged with crimes. 

Clyde Bennett

Clyde is a trial lawyer. He is a regionally recognized criminal defense attorney dedicated to defending individuals and businesses facing all levels of state and federal investigations and prosecutions. He is exclusively interested and committed to the practice of criminal defense. He strongly believes that individuals and companies charged with the commission of a crime are entitled not just to a defense, but a strong, passionate defense - and a victory.

He has maintained a lengthy, consistent record of achieving success for his clients in all aspects of state and federal criminal defense throughout the midwest region. He is regarded as one of the most successful criminal defense attorneys based on his results at trial in some of the most contested, difficult, high-profile cases.

Clyde brings extensive experience, skill and aggressiveness to difficult criminal cases and challenging legal situations. As a result of his representation, many individuals and companies charged with the most serious crimes (capital offense, aggravated murder, manslaughter) and federal offenses have been found not guilty. Clyde provides zealous representation to all of his clients regardless of the seriousness of the charge and/or the publicity associated with the case. 

Clyde is admitted to the Ohio Bar and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Cincinnati Bar Association, the Dayton Bar Association, the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Greater Cincinnati Defense Lawyers Association.

By way of background, Clyde attended the University of Cincinnati where he received a B. S. in Bio-Chemistry in 1987. He entered the University of Dayton School of Law in 1989. In 1990 he was a law clerk at the Cincinnati law firm of Waite, Schneider, Bayless and Chesley, working in the area of civil litigation. In 1991 he was a law clerk at the Dayton law firm of Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling, again working in the area of civil litigation.

Clyde graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1992. Upon graduation from law school Clyde was an associate with the Dayton law firm of Freund, Freeze and Arnold, where he practiced municipal liability, medical malpractice defense, and insurance defense. Thereafter, Clyde was an associate at the Cincinnati law firm of Dinsmore and Shohl, where he practiced medical malpractice defense, general civil defense litigation and criminal defense. As a civil litigant he defended corporations, hospitals, universities and municipalities on the state and federal level in civil pre-trial and trial matters.

After becoming a full-equity partner at Dinsmore and Shohl Clyde focused his practice exclusively on criminal defense, criminal law and white collar crime at the state and federal level. Federally, he successfully defended individuals and corporations in criminal investigations, grand jury proceedings and criminal trials. He successfully defended many federal criminal cases by way of jury trial. He also advised individual and corporate clients on white collar criminal issues. He practiced federal criminal law in New York, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. On the state level, he successfully defended serious criminal offenses up to and including aggravated murder and capital offense cases (death penalty cases).

In September 2007 Clyde resigned from the law firm of Dinsmore and Shohl.Click here to view the details of Mr. Bennett's temporary absence from the practice of law and why it has made him a better criminal defense attorney.

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