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C. Stephen Kilburn

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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Lebanon, OH

Rittgers & Rittgers, Attorneys at Law
12 East Warren Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
Phone: 513-496-0134
Fax: 513-934-2201
Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2023
Licensed in Ohio Since: 2013
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
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Steve Kilburn is an attorney at Rittgers & Rittgers, Attorneys at Law, in Lebanon, Ohio. Mr. Kilburn practices in the areas of criminal defense, traffic defense, and civil protection orders.  He represents clients throughout Southwest Ohio.

Mr. Kilburn has defended clients at both, state and federal levels and has handled a variety of cases including but not limited to: drug offenses, DUI/DWI/OVI, motor vehicle offenses, sex offenses, assault and domestic violence offenses, trespass, tampering with evidence, obstruction, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and underage purchase and consumption of alcohol, and juvenile delinquency and traffic cases.

Mr. Kilburn has extensive trial experience.  Throughout his career, he has handled misdemeanor and felony matters, effectively litigating and resolving cases for his clients. 

He is a member of the Warren County Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association.

Mr. Kilburn graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University. He earned his law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law and served as a staff writer and comment editor for the University of Dayton Law Review.

Before practicing at Rittgers & Rittgers, Mr. Kilburn worked as a law clerk at the Warren County Court of Common Pleas Probate-Juvenile Division. He was licensed to practice law in Ohio in 2013 and is qualified to appear before all Ohio state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

He lives in Loveland, Ohio with his fiancee.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense
  • 50%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI


6 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2018 - 2023

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About C. Stephen Kilburn

First Admitted: 2013, Ohio

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Warren County Bar Association, 2013 - Present 
  • Ohio Bar Association, 2013 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2014 
  • Ohio, 2013
  • Mr. Kilburn was nominated to and accepted a position on the board of trustees for the non-profit organization, Warren County Community Services., 2016

Educational Background

  • B.A., Eastern Kentucky University, 2010
  • J.D., University of Dayton School of Law, 2013


  • Successfully completed his first year as a staff writer on the University of Dayton Law Review., Certificate of Completion as a Staff Writer on the University of Dayton Law Review, University of Dayton Law Review, 2012
  • Successfully completed the requirements of the Eastern Kentucky University's Honors Program and obtained a bachelor's degree in broadcast news., Eastern Kentucky University Honors Scholar, The Board of Regents of the Eastern Kentucky University, 2010
  • Successfully completed his second year on the law review, serving as a comment editor on the University of Dayton Law Review's editorial board., Certificate of Completion as Comment Editor of the University of Dayton Law Review, University of Dayton Law Review, 2013
  • Received the highest grade in the class., CALI Award- Torts II, The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, 2011
  • Received the highest grade in the class., CALI Award: Capstone- Estate & Tax Planning, The Center For Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, 2013

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Mr. Kilburn filed a pro bono appellate brief  and argued on behalf of his client in Ohio's 12th District Court of Appeals., 2015
  • Mr. Kilburn filed a motion for jail time credit on behalf of his client in the Warren County Court of Common Pleas.  This was a pro bono project through the Ohio Public Defender's office.  The court granted the defendant's motion and as a result, his projected release date was 63 days earlier than it would have been had the motion not been successfully briefed and argued., 2015
  • Mr. Kilburn represented the plaintiff in Vipperman v. JNZ Wrecker Service LLC, a pro bono case in which the plaintiff's vehicle was wrongfully confiscated by a local police department.  The court ordered the vehicle be returned to the plaintiff and that plaintiff was not liable for any towing and storage fees.   , 2015
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Office Location for C. Stephen Kilburn

12 East Warren Street
Lebanon, OH 45036

Phone: 513-496-0134

Fax: 513-934-2201

Last Updated: 7/19/2022

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