Charles H. Rittgers

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Lebanon, Ohio

Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima
Charles H. Rittgers
Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 1978

Education: University of Cincinnati College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2024

Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima

12 East Warren Street
Lebanon, OH 45036 Visit website


Charles H. Rittgers is an AV rated* attorney focused on criminal defense, personal injury and civil litigation. He has been selected for inclusion in the Ohio Super Lawyers list each year since 2008. He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum, groups limited to attorneys who have won million and multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements.

Mr. Rittgers' successes have gained him significant media attention. One of his cases was featured on NBC's Dateline and, more recently, another on 48 Hours; the jury trial in that same case being aired in its entirety on Court TV. He has been asked to appear on such programs as NBC's Today show, The O'Reilly Factor, Inside Edition and CNN. His cases have often been a source for stories in local news affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN and FOX, as well as major Ohio newspapers, The New York Times, New York Post and USA Today.

Mr. Rittgers is the past president of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Warren County Bar Association, and a former board member of the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is by invitation only. He is also a founding member of the National College of DUI Defense. He is currently a member of these organizations, as well as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Trial Lawyers Association and the Ohio Association for Justice.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

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

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

First Admitted: 1978, Ohio

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Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Numerous Multi-Million Dollar Settlements in wrongful death cases settled under confidentiality agreements. Other examples can be found at:  
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • 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.
  • 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.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Board Member and Past President of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member of the Ohio Association of Justice
  • Fellow, Ohio State Bar Foundation
  • American Association for Justice, 1983 - Present
  • Founding Member of the National College of DUI Defense
  • Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1980
  • Former Board Member, Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member and Past President of the Warren County Bar Association
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2017
  • Ohio Bar Association, 1978
  • Member, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1984 - Present
Educational Background:
  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, B.A., Bachelor of Arts, 1973
  • Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, M.S., Master of Science, 1978
  • 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., Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyer, 2017

Office location for Charles H. Rittgers

12 East Warren Street
Lebanon, OH 45036

Phone: 513-496-0134

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