Biography of David P. Fornshell

David P. Fornshell, Warren County Prosecutor

David P. Fornshell was sworn-in as the 38th Prosecuting Attorney of Warren County on February 17, 2011. David comes to the Prosecutor's Office after most recently serving as a partner in the litigation department at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP in Cincinnati. David started his legal practice with Dinsmore in 1999 and still maintains an Of Counsel affiliation with the firm. From 1999-2007, David also served as Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Blue Ash, Ohio.


David is actively involved in the community and serves as a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Ohio Prosecuting Attorney’s Association Executive and Legislative Committees, Warren County Drug Task Force Policy Board, Child Advocacy Center of Warren County Steering Committee, Ralph J. Stolle Countryside YMCA Board of Directors, and various other volunteer boards and committees. David is also the former Chairman of the Warren County Board of Elections, former Chairman of the Warren County Republican Party, former Secretary of the Warren County Board of MR/DD, and former Admissions Committee Chairperson of the Warren County Bar Association.


Since becoming Warren County Prosecutor, David has expanded the Prosecutor’s Office’s community outreach efforts. Most recently, David developed and conducted training for board members, officers, and volunteers of charitable, church, booster, youth sports, and other not-for-profit organizations on how to protect against internal organizational theft. He has also developed and conducted age-appropriate presentations for numerous Warren County high school, junior high school, middle school, and elementary school students on topics such as school threats, sexting, date rape, and juvenile decision-making.


David has prosecuted cases receiving international and national attention, including cases profiled by the BBC documentary series Life and Death Row, Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The UK Daily Mail, and numerous other international and national publications. David also served as a legal consultant for a network television series crime drama.


A seventh-generation Warren County resident, David grew up in the Lebanon/Turtlecreek Township area where he graduated from Lebanon High School. David graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University where he received degrees in Finance and Business Prelaw. David received his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, finishing in the top 10% of his graduating class. While at Pepperdine, David served on the Pepperdine Law Review, Pepperdine Moot Court Board, and also worked as a legal research and writing teaching assistant. David also won the Best Advocate Award at both the 1998 National Moot Court Competition (Los Angeles) and the 1999 Sutherland Cup National Constitutional Law Competition (Washington, D.C.), and received the American Jurisprudence Award for Civil Procedure I and Civil Procedure II.


David and his wife Amy reside in the Lebanon area with their three children. Over the past decade, David has served as volunteer coach for Lebanon youth football, basketball, baseball, and fast-pitch softball organizations. He and his family are active in Lebanon Presbyterian Church.