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Samantha Rittgers






Samantha K. Rittgers practices in all areas of employment law. Samantha counsels management on a broad spectrum of day-to-day matters, including discipline, workplace harassment, compliance with federal and state laws, termination, and wage and hour issues. She defends employers in employment litigation before state and federal agencies involving race, gender, national origin discrimination and sexual harassment claims. She also has experience conducting customized in-house training sessions for both managers and employees on respectful workplace, discrimination and general human resources policies.

Prior to law school, Samantha spent a semester at the Kentucky State Capitol working for a local state representative. After her time in state government, she explored federal law and interned in Washington, D.C. for a member of the House of Representatives. While attending law school, Samantha worked in the legal department of GE Aviation, Luxottica and Kroger, and interned for the Honorable Michael Barrett. Samantha's experiences working for the government and the legal departments for several large corporations gives her a unique perspective and is helpful in counseling employers on their employee issues.

On the weekends, you can find Samantha outside with her husband, Charlie M. Rittgers, two kids and dog, Hank.

Areas Of Practice

  • Employment
  • Corporate

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 2015


  • Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Summa Cum Laude
    • Honors: Honorable Michael R. Barrett at the United States District Court
  • Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky
    • B.A.
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • SHRM-CP (Society for Human Resource Management), Member, 2019-2022

Past Employment Positions

  • Graydon Head & Ritchey, Attorney, 2015 to 2021

Pro Bono Activities

  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens Ambassador Council, 2021 to 2022
  • Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation, Board Member, 2018 to 2021

Honors and Awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Starts List, 2020-2022