Charles H. Rittgers

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Lebanon, Ohio

Charles H. Rittgers, selected again as an Ohio Super Lawyer, is Past President of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Founding Member of the National College of DUI Defense, and Past President of the Warren County Bar Association. Mr. Rittgers has been a speaker to area attorney groups and law enforcement groups. Mr. Rittgers was named Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Association of justice and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, groups limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.  Mr. Rittgers has also been named to the Super Lawyers Top 100 in Ohio and Top 50 in Cincinnati lists 

Mr. Rittgers has handled numerous high publicity cases over his 30 years of practicing law. Mr. Rittgers started his career at the Warren County Prosecutor's Office where he successfully prosecuted two Aggravated Murder trials and eight other felony trials in his first year of practicing law. After one year as a county prosecutor, Mr. Rittgers accepted a job offer from a local firm and has successfully concentrated his practice in DUI/Criminal defense, personal injury, and civil trial practice.

Mr. Rittgers has been invited to appear on a number of media programs, some of which include the O'Reilly show, Inside Edition, and CNN. Mr. Rittgers and many of his cases have been a source for stories on all of the local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX affiliates as well as every major Ohio newspaper and the New York Times, New York Post, USA Today, ESPN, and other news sources. Because of his experience and background he has also been asked to teach at a major university.

Mr. Rittgers is very proactive in representing his clients. Mr. Rittgers has always placed a premium on maintaining the trust and integrity of the Bench and Bar. Ninety percent of his clients are referred by other lawyers and former clients.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal
  • Personal Injury
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Insurance Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1978
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1980


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1978
  • Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • M.S., Master of Science - 1978
  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1973

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Past President), Member, 1987 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Association for Justice, 1983 - Present
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member, 1984 - Present
  • Warren County Bar Association, Past President
  • Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Former Board Member
  • National DUI College, Founder