Justin J. Ketchel

Top rated criminal defense attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Justin Ketchel Law
Justin J. Ketchel
Justin Ketchel Law

Practice Areas: Criminal defense, DUI-DWI; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 2008

Education: Duquesne University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018
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Justin Ketchel Law

429 4th Ave
Suite 1600
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Visit website


A criminal defense attorney with more than 13 years of experience, Justin J. Ketchel is the managing partner and owner of the law firm Justin J. Ketchel, LLC. With his firm based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he focuses on resolving cases such as driving under the influence (DUI), violent crimes, sex crimes, retail theft, federal crimes, drug offenses and homicide.

Starting his career in law in 2008, Mr. Ketchel initially worked as an assistant public defender at the Blair County Public Defender’s Office, where he handled cases ranging from disorderly conduct to attempted homicides. He went on to work as an associate attorney at a renowned firm, where he took on matters involving children’s issues such as dependency, delinquency, custody and adoption. He interacted with clients of different backgrounds during this time and familiarized himself with the court procedures in counties across western Pennsylvania.

Serving in his firm Justin J. Ketchel, LLC, for about nine years, Mr. Ketchel has worked with numerous district attorneys and has presented before several judges. These experiences have honed his presentation skills and given him insights into the various litigation proceedings. He personalizes his strategies and approaches for each case, based on his in-depth interaction with his clients, which has resulted in his 10 out of 10 rating on Avvo. 

A Bachelor of Science graduate in accounting, Mr. Ketchel received his degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 2005. He studied law at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University, obtaining his Juris Doctor in 2008. He also served as a chapter treasurer in law school.

Mr. Ketchel is a part of several prestigious legal associations, including the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Many recognitions have come Mr. Ketchel’s way for his excellence in the field of law. He was included in The National Trial Lawyers’ list of Top 40 Under 40 and the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys’ list of 10 Best, which is categorized as a Client Satisfaction Award. In addition, he was selected as one among the Best DUI Lawyers in Pittsburgh by Expertise.com.

Practice areas

Criminal defense, Criminal defense: DUI/DWI

Focus areas

Arrest & arraignment, Assault & battery, Criminal fraud, Criminal law, Drug & alcohol violations, False accusations, Felony, Juvenile delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor vehicle offenses, Murder, Overdrawn bank account, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex offenses, Tax evasion, Theft, Traffic violations, Criminal domestic violence, DUI/DWI

First Admitted: 2008, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://ketchellaw.com/attorney-justin-j-ketchel/

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL)
  • Allegheny County Criminal Law Committee and the Communications Committee
  • Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member of the Allegheny County Bar Association
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Volunteer, Big Brother for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh

Office location for Justin J. Ketchel

429 4th Ave
Suite 1600
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-456-1221


4 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018

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