Wilbur M. Zevely

Wilbur M. Zevely

" Each case is unique, and each client has their own special needs that must be addressed. My goal is to give each client my undivided attention."


Wilbur M. Zevely is a partner in the Florence, KY law firm Busald Funk Zevely, PSC. He has practiced law since 1972. He concentrates his practice in criminal law, domestic relations, and DUI cases. He has defended thousands of clients in criminal trials before Judges and juries. He has practiced throughout Kentucky and Southern Ohio.

Mr. Zevely received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 1968 with a minor in math. His J.D. is from Salmon P. Chase School of Law in 1972.

Prior to entering the practice of law, he worked as a chemist for The Monsanto Co., under contract with the United States Atomic Energy Commission.

For many years, Mr. Zevely has lectured on DUI issues for the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, (KACDL), the KY Bar Association, the Northern KY Bar Association, and the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. He taught for more than 10 years at the week-long basic training course at Falbush, KY for the KY Department of Public Advocacy. He writes a regular column on DUI tips for the KACDL newsletter.

In the early 1970's Mr. Zevely, incorporated "The 15th Judicial District Public Defender, Inc.," this was the first State funded Public Defender program in the Northern KY area. Mr. Zevely ran the program for years. The program represented indigent clients in Boone, Gallatin, Grant, Carroll, and Owen Counties.

Mr. Zevely, along with retired Judge Stanley Billingsley, author the Kentucky Driving Under the Influence Law Book, which is a West Law Publication. The book is rewritten annually and has been published for 19 years.

Mr. Zevely has served as director of the KACDL since its formation. Mr. Zevely is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, KACDL, NACDL, and is admitted to practice in Federal Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Mr. Zevely received the 2014 Distinguished Lawyer award from the Northern Kentucky Bar Association. He also received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement award from the Northern Kentucky Bar Association.



  • Salmon P. Chase School of Law, Newport, Kentucky, 1972. J.D.
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1968. B.S. Major: Chemistry
  • Minor: Math


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association