Meet Your Attorney

For the past twenty-five years, Atty. Joseph R. (Jay) Macejko has handled some of the area’s most difficult cases. As a prosecutor for Mahoning County and the City of Youngstown, Atty. Macejko has been involved in thousands of criminal cases and investigations. In doing so, Atty. Macejko has earned the respect of other lawyers, law enforcement, and judges in northeast Ohio. This blend of experience brings a unique and useful perspective to your case.

The facts underlying each case are different for everyone. Your defense will be tailored to your circumstances. If you are being sued, under investigation, or charged with a crime, don’t wait. Hiring an experienced attorney to represent you can make a significant difference in the outcome of the case.

Please contact Atty. Macejko to see how he can help you.

Areas of Practice


Experienced and professional representation for cases ranging from minor traffic matters to criminal misdemeanors and felonies. Criminal convictions can have life-altering consequences. When faced with a criminal case, you need a lawyer who understands all parts of a criminal investigation. Atty. Macejko is well respected and has been part of thousands of criminal cases as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. If you are under investigation or about to be charged, it is never too early to get an attorney involved who will fight for you and make sure you are protected.


Juvenile crime cases are considerably different from adult crime cases. The rules are different and certain rights of the child are different. If your child is facing these types of charges, you need an attorney that is experienced in handling juvenile offenses.


When accused of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol (OVI), time is of the essence. OVIs are among the most complicated misdemeanor traffic cases and you need an attorney who will act quickly to address not only the OVI, but the collateral consequences that come with it like driver’s license suspensions. An OVI conviction can cost you more than money as your ability to earn a living may be at risk. These charges get more serious if the offense is associated with a crash, a child is in the vehicle, or there are prior OVI convictions in play. Hire an attorney who will protect you, identify the weaknesses of the case, and obtain the best results possible for you.


When a family member passes, the probate court will determine how the estate is distributed. The probate process can be challenging even if the family member left a will. Hire an attorney experienced in the probate court to guide you the steps and make sure that the wishes of your departed loved one are carried through.

Basic Estate Planning:

Atty. Macejko can help you organize your affairs to simplify the probate process for those you leave behind by drafting Wills, Living Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney for Healthcare, General Powers of Attorney, and Deeds or Transfer on Death Affidavits.


Mistakes of the past can affect your employment and damage your reputation even decades after the conviction. If you have been convicted of a crime or multiple crimes and enough time has passed, an expungement can erase your criminal past. But, expungements are not easy and understanding the nuances of the law are critical. Recent changes to Ohio law have made many people eligible for expungements who could not qualify before the changes. Contact Atty. Macejko to see if we can clear your record.


Federal law allows people and businesses to file for relief under Chapter 7, 13, or 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. The Chapter that is right for you is an important decision. Many run into difficulty as a result of job loss, medical bills, divorce, or overextending yourself financially. Atty. Jay Macejko works closely with Atty. Melissa Macejko on bankruptcy matters. Melissa is a highly qualified and experienced bankruptcy practitioner with experience in all areas of bankruptcy. Your situation will be evaluated based upon information provided by you in the form of required records, a bankruptcy questionnaire, and an in-depth consultation in order to recommend the best course for you.


Atty. Macejko also provides legal services in the following areas:

Civil litigation (e.g. breach of contract)

Domestic Relations – Dissolutions and Divorces

Business/Corporate – New companies (LLCs), maintaining corporate records, enforcement or defense of non-compete or other restrictive employment agreements.

Real Estate – Deeds, evictions, sales/conveyances

Personal Injury – automobile or motorcycle accidents