Charles M. Rittgers

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Cincinnati, OH

Rittgers & Rittgers, Attorneys at Law
 | 3734 Eastern Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Phone: 513-282-3362
Fax: 513-934-2201
Selected To Rising Stars: 2013 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Charles M. Rittgers is a trial lawyer with a record of success in criminal defense, DUI, and injury cases. Charlie's record includes not guilty jury verdicts in numerous cases in which no plea bargain was offered by the prosecutor, including murder, DUI, and domestic violence. In injury cases, Charlie is willing to take cases to trial that most lawyers would settle. For example, despite having a $1,000,000 offer from an insurance company to settle a motorcycle crash case, Charlie and his client refused the offer, took the case to a summary jury trial, and received a verdict of $9,000,000. In the last two years alone, 2018 and 2019 calendar years, Charlie successfully helped clients receive maximum value in a variety of cases including settlements of $5 million, $3 million, $3 million, $2.8 million, $2.75 million, $2.1 million, $1.1 million, and $1 million. In 2019, Matt Nakajima and Charlie turned down a $25,000 offer and received a $3,000,000 jury verdict on a difficult case in Hamilton County. 

    Charlie is a certified member of the Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. He was selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list by his peers who were asked to select the best attorneys under 40 years old. As a result of his experience, Charlie has appeared on national and local television shows and radio broadcasts. He has also served as moderator for local political debates, guest speaker to college graduate students, and featured speaker in educational webcasts for attorneys across the nation. Charlie was named to the Top 40 Under 40 by the American Trial Lawyers Association and Top 25 Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers.

    Charlie graduated from Lebanon High School and continued his education at Dartmouth College where he was a starting quarterback in the Ivy League. Following college, he worked in the high paced environment of investment banking in New York City at Bank of America before returning home to attend law school at the University of Cincinnati. During law school Charlie worked for the Honorable Michael R. Barrett at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He was also on law review. 

    In his spare time, Charlie enjoys watching and playing sports. Charlie has served on the Alumni Planning Committee and the Law Review Alumni Advisory Board for the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He has also served as an alumni interviewer for Dartmouth College. He is an active member in a number of local bar associations as well as the Ohio Association for Justice and the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. His wife, Samantha, is an attorney at the Cincinnati law firm of Graydon Head.

    Practice Areas
    • 30%Criminal Defense
    • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    Focus Areas

    Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, DUI/DWI


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    Rising Stars: 2013 - 2021

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    White Papers

  • Motorcycle Whitepaper (2014) - Ohio Motorcycle Injury Lawyer

  • OVI Whitepaper (2017) - Ohio OVI law

  • About Charles Rittgers

    Admitted: 2010, Ohio

    Professional Webpage:


    • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Certified Member
    • Super Lawyers Rising Stars list
    • Top 40 Under 40 by the American Trial Lawyers Association

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Warren County Bar Association, 2019
    • Ohio Association of Justice - PAC Member, 2019
    • Cincinnati Bar Association - Scheduled Speaker, 2019
    • Ohio Association of Justice , 2018
    • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Committee Member, 2019
    • Ohio Association of Justice - Scheduled Speaker, 2019
    • Warren County Bar Association, 2018
    • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Committee Member, 2018
    • Law Review Alumni Advisory Board for the University of Cincinnati College of Law

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Pro Bono.  Represented the Estate of Khloe Pitts - a three year old - who was tragically killed as she walked in a crosswalk with her mother and father after leaving the Cincinnati Zoo Festival of Lights.  Investigated potential liability against the Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Police, and ODOT.  Settled the case for the insurance policy limits for the automobile and helped the family through the criminal, probate and civil process.  Despite the recovery from the insurance policy, did not take a fee as counsel for Khloe's estate. , 2017
    • Represented a 17 year old boy who was charged as an adult for Murder pro bono after being requested to help by several people who knew the true character of the defendant.  Acquited of the Murder charge after a jury trial in Butler County Common Pleas Court., 2013
    • Freestore Foodbank service day with OAJ, 2019

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Spoke to bar members on Annie Law OVI update, Speaker, Ohio OVI Update, Warren County Bar Association, 2017
    • Spoke to a group of northern Kentucky and southern Ohio attorneys about the most common documents necessary to fight for maximum recovery in injury and death cases.  Shared the most common documents related to injury practice.  Gave a primer on anchoring and thinking in large numbers.  Helped educate and combat subrogation recovery., Keynote Speaker, Obtaining Maximum Recovery in Injury and Wrongful Death Cases, The Lawyers Club of Cincinnati, Injury, Lawyers, Trial Lawyers, 2019


    • Charlie and his client requested a plea to a low level felony on an F2 Felonious Assault case.  Prosecutor refused all plea requests.  Case was taken to a jury trial in Warren County Common Pleas Court and defendant was found guilty of misdemeanor assault - saving him a felon conviction, permenant record, and prison., 2019
    • Not guilty jury veridict in Public Indecency trial after no real plea bargain was offered by the prosecutor., 2018
    • Policy limits settlement of $3,000,000 for a family of a young boy who died as a result of a landscape truck driver's negligence.  Federal Court in Kentucky., 2019
    • $3,000,000 jury verdict in Hamilton County, Ohio after a $25,000 top offer on a slip and fall case.  , 2019
    • $5,000,000.00 truck crash settlement working with co-counsel in Butler / Warren County crash case., 2018
    • $2,100,000.00 partial settlement of wrongful death against nursing home, 2019
    • $500,000 settlement for policy limits in a farm burn accident after insurance initially denied all coverage to family, 2018
    • $1,100,000.00 settlement for policy limits in a non-death motorcycle crash, 2018

    Representative Clients:

    • Represented David Brown Jr. who was indicted on several sex offense charges by the Ohio Attorney General's Office.  The only plea offer was a sex offense felony that required sexual registration. The jury was out a short period of time and returned a verdict of not guilty on all counts. The case received a lot of local news before and after the trial as David was a local teacher., 2019
    • Represented Brooke Skylar Richardson who was accused of Aggravated Murder, Tampering with Evidence, Involuntary Manslaughter, Abuse of a Corpse, and Child Endangering.  The case made national and internationl news and was streamed live around the globe.  Best plea offer was more than a decade in prison.  Skylar was acquitted of the serious counts and convicted of Abuse of a Corpse which is eligible to be removed from her record. She was placed on probation. , 2019
    • Represented Lynda Sadowski with firm partner, Matt Nakajima, in a jury trial after she fell at Jack's Casino and fractured her knee cap.  The highest offer before the trial was $25,000.  We recevied a jury verdict of $3,000,000.00 thought to be the highest in the history of Hamilton County for a similar injury., 2019


    Educational Background:

    • Lebanon High School
    • Dartmouth College, B.A., 2006
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    Office Location for Charles M. Rittgers

    3734 Eastern Ave
    Cincinnati, OH 45226

    Phone: 513-282-3362

    Fax: 513-934-2201

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    Last Updated: 5/5/2021

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