Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, William J. Fornia moved to Columbus, Ohio in 2000 to attend Capital University Law School. While attending law school, he clerked for the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office. After passing the bar exam in 2003, he started a law firm in which he was partner until 2006 when he left the law firm to begin a career in teaching.
While at Youngstown State University, William J. Fornia was the Chapter President and member of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Honor Society. As Chapter President, he organized and invited Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer, Ohio Supreme Court, to visit Youngstown State University and speak with other criminal justice professionals and students at a luncheon he hosted.
He concentrates his practice on Criminal Defense including juvenile offenses, misdemeanors, felonies, and federal offenses. Specifically, he handles Assault; Alcohol-Related Offenses; Battery; Burglary; Embezzlement; Domestic Violence; Drunk Driving (DUI, OVI, OMVI, DWI); Drug Offenses; Kidnapping; Larceny; Robbery; Sex Crimes; Murder; Traffic Offenses; and Appellate Practice.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his daughter, watching sports, and cooking.