Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima
Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima


The professional team at Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima
Charles H. Rittgers
  • Criminal
  • Personal Injury/Plaintiff
  • Wrongful Death
  • OVI


Charles H. Rittgers is Past President of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Past President of the Warren County Bar Association, and a Founding Member of the National College of DUI Defense. He is also a member of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum (groups limited to lawyers who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements), and a member of the Ohio Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. Mr. Rittgers is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers which is recognized as the preeminent organization of trial lawyers in North America, dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics and the administration of justice. Admission into the College is by invitation only.

Mr. Rittgers has been chosen by his peers as an Ohio Super Lawyer in every year since 2008. Mr. Rittgers is accustomed to handling high profile criminal and civil cases which garner local, regional and national attention. As a result, he has been asked to appear on national television shows including Dateline NBC, the O'Reilly show, Inside Edition, and CNN. Because of his vast experience, Mr. Rittgers has also been asked to teach at a major university.


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

Bar Admission

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

Honors And Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Ohio Super Lawyers list since 2008
  • Cincinnati Top 50 list
  • Ohio Top 100 list
  • Fellow of the American College Of Trial Lawyers

Professional Associations

  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Past President), Member, 1987 to Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2019 to Present
  • American Association for Justice, 1983 to Present
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member, 1984 to Present
  • Warren County Bar Association, Past President
  • Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Former Board Member
  • National DUI College, Founding Member, 2019 to Present
  • Ohio Association of Justice, 2019 to Present

Past Positions

  • Rittgers & Rittgers, Owner/Managing Partner, 1994 to 2017
  • Rittgers & Mengle, Partner, 1991 to 1994


  • English

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