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Alan D. Gabel

Adjunct Professor of Law


School of Law



Alan D. Gabel graduated from the University of Dayton Law School in 1983. Mr. Gabel was hired by the Montgomery County Prosecutor Office in 1984 having been hired by Prosecutor Lee Falke. While working in the prosecutor office, Mr. Gabel tried hundreds of criminal cases with a high success rate for convictions. Mr. Gabel left the prosecutor’s office in 1991. Since that time, Mr. Gabel has been engaged in private practice in Dayton, Ohio specializing primarily in criminal defense and juvenile law practice. Mr. Gabel has tried cases in Dayton, Cincinnati, Springfield, Urbana, Portsmouth, Columbus, Lebanon, Wilmington and many courts in the State of Ohio.

Mr. Gabel also served as acting Magistrate in the Dayton Municipal Court from the late 1980’s to mid 1990’s. He presided over many municipal court cases. Mr. Gabel also served as public defender for Hamilton County. Mr. Gabel represented many indigent clients and assisted them in the courtroom to assure they got a fair trial.

Alan D. Gabel is actively involved in professional and community organizations. Mr. Gabel has served on the Jewish Federation Boards and is past chair of the Jewish Community Center. Mr. Gabel was also active in the Jewish Community Relations Council promoting better relations among many of the religions in the Dayton area. Mr. Gabel is an active member of the Dayton Bar Association.

Mr. Gabel previously taught as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Dayton Law School teaching the Criminal law Trial Practice class. Mr. Gabel also taught at the Sinclair Community College for several years. The topics included Constitutional law, Criminal Law and Evidence and Procedure.

Mr. Gabel worked for the American Bar Association’s ROLI program as a volunteer for the country of Azerbaijan for 2 years. Mr. Gabel served as the criminal law director in the country of Azerbaijan. This employment began in 2007 and ended in 2009. Later, Mr. Gabel was selected to work in the country of Macedonia. This was under the direction of the U.S. Department of Justice-ICITAP program. This endeavor lasted from 2009- 2012. Mr. Gabel worked closely with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia.

Before his legal career, Mr. Gabel worked for the National League of Cities as the National Economic Development Director with an office in Washington, D.C.  Prior to this, Mr. Gabel served as a city manager in Alpharetta, Georgia and was recognized as the youngest city manager in the United States in 1974. Later, Mr. Gabel served as Assistant to the City Manager in his hometown of Portsmouth, Ohio.


J.D., University of Dayton Law School
M.A., Political Science-Public Administration, University of Cincinnati
M.A., (incomplete) City Planning, Georgia Tech
B.A., Political Science, University of Cincinnati


American Bar Association (past member)
Dayton Bar Association
Member of the U.D. Alumni Board (past member)

Bar Admissions


U.S. Federal District Court Southern District of Ohio

Mr. Gabel has argued in the appellate courts including the Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Second District (Dayton), and, Tenth District (Columbus) and Common Pleas Courts throughout Ohio including Montgomery County, Hamilton County, Greene County, Clark County, Miami County, Scioto County, and others.