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Charles Matthew Rittgers

Charles Matthew Rittgers

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, DUI & DWI

About Me

Charles Matthew Rittgers is a lawyer focused on results.  Mr. Rittgers was born and raised in southern Ohio.  He graduated from Lebanon High School and continued his education at Dartmouth College where he was a starting quarterback in the Ivy League for three years.  Following college, Mr. Rittgers 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 Mr. Rittgers worked for the Honorable Michael R. Barrett at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and for the Ohio Justice and Policy Center.  He was also Law Review.  Using Rule II of the Supreme Court of Ohio, which allows law students to represent individuals in criminal and civil cases, Mr. Rittgers gained valuable courtroom and trial experience and won his first trial prior to graduating from law school.


After working for Rittgers & Rittgers throughout his life in various positions, Mr. Rittgers joined the firm as a lawyer immediately after being admitted to practice law in Ohio.  At Rittgers & Rittgers, he concentrates on personal injury and criminal defense.  Mr. Rittgers is devoted to obtaining fair compensation for injured people and committed to protecting the rights of people accused of crimes. 


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2010

  1. Personal Injury: 35%
  2. Criminal Defense: 35%
  3. DUI & DWI: 30%



Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

28 total 

  • Craig Anthony Schlapprizzi

    Charlie is without question one of the finest trial lawyers in southern Ohio. If I ever needed a personal injury trial lawyer or criminal defense trial lawyer, I would go to Charlie Rittgers. I highly recommend him.


    Craig Schlapprizzi Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • John Leo O'Shea

    Charlie Rittgers is an excellent lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working on several cases with him where we represented co-defendants. In each of those cases, my clients benefitted from Charlie's keen insight and diligent work on behalf of his client. Charlie makes very difficult situations for his clients much easier.


    John O'Shea Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Rittgers & Rittgers

12 East Warren Street
Lebanon, OH, 45036-1860

Rittgers & Rittgers

312 Walnut St
Suite 1600
Cincinnati, OH, 45202





Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super Lawyers Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2015
Top 40 Under 40American Trial Lawyers Association2014
Super Lawyers Rising StarsOhio Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Top 40 Under 40American Trial Lawyers Association2013
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocateMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2012
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2012
NHTSA Certification for Standardized Field Sobriety TestingLa Pier & Associates2011
Cum LaudeUniversity of Cincinnati College of Law2010
Dean's ListUniversity of Cincinnati College of Law2010
Law ReviewUniversity of Cincinnati2009

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerRittgers & Rittgers2010 - Present
Legal InternOhio Justice and Policy Center2009 - 2010
Judicial InternJudge Michael Barrett2009 - 2009
Investment BankingBank of America2006 - 2007


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersCo-Chair Membership Committee2012 - Present
Law Review Alumni Advisory BoardMember2011 - Present
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2011 - Present
Warren County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Ohio Association for JusticeMember2010 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Juvenile Personal Injury ClaimCase Settled for $75,000
State v. WidmerInvolved in Ryan Widmer I and Ryan Widmer III
Ries v. GillespieJury Verdict in Favor of Plaintiff for just over $16,000

See all Legal Cases 


Publication NameTitleDate
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (OACDL)The Constitutionality of Ohio's Death Penalty2013
websiteWhy Do We Have Insurance?2012
websiteHow To Hire An Injury Lawyer2012
Western Star NewspaperVote Yes For Lebanon School Levy2011
websiteBasic Classifications of Ohio Drunk Driving Violations2011
Cincinnati Personal Injury BlogInformation Concerning DePuy Hip Replacement Recall2010


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Cincinnati College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
Dartmouth CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2006
Lebanon High SchoolN/AN/A2002

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
UCLAA Moot Court Alumni ForumCriminal Law2013
Mason High School Law ClassCriminal Defense Law2013
Law School ClassTechnology in a Law Practice2013
Dater High School Law DayLaw Panel2013
Social Media: Fish Where the Fish AreSocial Media and the Law2012
FOX45 Morning NewsHigh Profile Legal Cases2012
Xavier Masters ProgramEducation & Law2011
University of Cincinnati Law SchoolUC Law Speed Chats2011
Lebanon Ohio Telivised Political DebateModerator - Political Debate2011
Dr. Oz ShowLive Interview2011
Bill CunninghamStacy Schuler / Ryan Widmer2011