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Jerry Kaltenbach is recognized as one of Ohio’s top lawyers by his peers and by the leading providers of attorney ratings in the nation. Jerry is honored with an AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating for ethical standards and legal ability. The AV-Preeminent rating results from surveys conducted of attorneys and judges that have seen Jerry in action and it is an honor even more rare for an attorney under the age of 40.

In addition, Jerry has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star by Thomson Reuters and as a Top Lawyer by Columbus C.E.O. Magazine in multiple fields including civil litigation and business law. Jerry is rated "Superb” by Avvo, its highest rating.

A veteran of jury trials and appellate arguments in both state and federal court systems in Ohio, Jerry is known for his instincts, passionate advocacy, concise communication, and a unique ability to bring parties together to resolve issues effectively.




Languages spoken: English, French

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Real Estate: 25%
  3. Business: 25%



Hourly ($200-250/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

2 total 

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  • Gregory M. Travalio

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Gregory Travalio Commercial real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Shamus Brendan Cassidy

    Jerry is a well-respected attorney who is both effective and efficient. I would gladly use Jerry for my own legal needs.


    Shamus Cassidy Business Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Kaltenbach Vargo, LLC

P.O. Box 20305
1900 Bethel Road
Columbus, OH, 43220


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2016
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top LawyersColumbus C.E.O Magazine2015
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top LawyersColumbus C.E.O. Magazine2014
Super Lawyers Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2014
Top LawyersColumbus C.E.O Magazine2013
Super Lawyers Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2013
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top LawyersColumbus C.E.O. Magazine2012
Super Lawyers Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2012
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Super Lawyers Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2005
Law ReviewCapital University Law Review2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerKaltenbach Vargo, LLC2014 - Present
AttorneyKaltenbach Law, LLC2011 - 2014
AttorneyIsaac, Brant, Ledman & Teetor, LLP2005 - 2011
AttorneyMaguire & Schneider, LLP2002 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tri-Village RotaryMember2012 - Present
Ohio Association of Civil Trial AttorneysMember2011 - Present
Upper Arlington Area Chamber of CommerceBusiness Development Committee2011 - Present
Columbus Chamber of CommerceMember2009 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Columbus Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Aquino v. Honda of America, Inc., et al., 158 Fed. App’x. 667Judgment affirmed.
Harger v. Morrow CountyJury verdict in favor of my client
McKenzie v. South Shore TransportationWon the case for the company that loaded the trailer. Very happy client.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Kaltenbach Law BlogUrban Active Class Action2011
Kaltenbach Law BlogTressel, the Tattoo guy, and Cicero. The attorney-client perspective.2011
Kaltenbach Law BlogSmall Claims Court. So, do I need a lawyer to sue this guy?2010
Kaltenbach Law BlogLandlord's Letting The Place Go! Can I Get Out?2010
Kaltenbach LawRobinson gets strengthened by the Supreme Court2010
Kaltenbach Law5 Things and More to Know Before you Trademark2010
Kaltenbach LawLawyers using social networks: attorney beware!2010
Business FirstKeeping Condos Running Well, Residents Happy2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Capital University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Ohio UniversityN/ABA1999
The Wellington SchoolN/AN/A1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
UA Chamber of Commerce "Ask the Experts" SeriesSmall Business Liability Issues2012
Foreclosure Law In OhioForeclosure2010