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Charles John Kettlewell

Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney at Columbus, OH

5.0   30 reviews

About Charles

Learn Charles’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Ethics and professional responsibility
    85%
    My ethics practice concentrates primarily on the field of legal ethics and consists of representing lawyers on ethics and disciplinary matters, bar applicants in admissions matters, non-lawyers in unauthorized practice of law (UPL) matters, and providing representation and expert witness services in legal malpractice actions.

  2. Personal injury
    15%
    If you have been injured through no fault of your own and due to someone else's negligence in Ohio, call me immediately for FREE a case evaluation.

Charles Kettlewell is admitted in the state of Ohio and United States District Courts for both the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. Charles Kettlewell's practice concentrates on the field of legal ethics and primarily consists of representing lawyers on ethics and disciplinary matters, bar applicants in admissions matters, non-lawyers in unauthorized practice of law (“UPL”) matters, and providing representation and expert witness services in legal malpractice actions in the state of Ohio.

Charles Kettlewell has written hundreds of private advisory opinions for clients from solo practitioners to international law firms, has defended hundreds of attorney grievances, and has appeared as counsel on numerous occasions before Panels of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline and the Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness, as well as before the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Charles Kettlewell has written for Columbus Bar Briefs, which is published by The Daily Reporter, was a contributing author to Reflections on Life and the Law, published by the Columbus Bar Association, and has taught over 200 hours of CLE courses on legal ethics and professionalism to various bar organizations and government agencies, including: The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA); The Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College; The Ohio Attorney General’s Office; Ohio Lawyer’s Assistance Program (OLAP); The Supreme Court Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law; The Ohio Prosecutor’s Association; The Stark County Academy of Trial Lawyers; Franklin County Trial Lawyer’s Association; The Ohio Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys; Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL); and, continuing education sponsors such as Lorman, PESI, and NBI.

Charles Kettlewell is a member of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, APRL, and the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations. Charles also currently serves as the Ethics Chair for the Central Ohio Association for Justice.

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Licensed for 22 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2013
Updated 06/08/2022
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/11/2022

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

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Charles J. Kettlewell LLC
445 Hutchinson Avenue
Suite 100
Columbus, OH, 43235

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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2022
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He will fight for you and win!
I am very satisfied with the attorney services of Charles Kettlewell. I was to a called sua sponte hearing by the Character & Fitness Review Board. Mr. Kettlewell spotted all the issues and successfully advocated for me every step of the way.
Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2021
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Inquiry Letter Reprsentation
Mr. Kettlewell represented me when a former employer filed a grievance I believed to be retaliatory in nature. I am confident that Mr. Kettlewell's diligence and strong working relationship with ODC secured the just and expeditious resolution in the matter and the best outcome for my situation (dismissal of the grievance and closure of the investigation). I would highly recommend his services to anyone who has to engage with the attorney disciplinary system in Ohio.
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2021
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Trusted Advocate in your corner!
Mr. Kettlewell handled a C&F matter for me and I couldn't have asked for better representation. Extremely diligent, knowledgeable and a well prepared course of conduct my matter from start to finish. My only regret is that I didn't hire him sooner! I started with a different counsel that wasted a lot of my time and money. I highly recommend Mr. Kettlewell for an ethics - professional responsibility matter as he defused an extremely stressful situation with great time and attention to my file.
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Posted by Tom | January 11, 2021
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Excellent attorney
Mr. Kettlewell did a superb job in representing me in a spurious ethics complaint. He provided a good overview of what to expect at the beginning of the matter, laid out a strategy for proceeding given the particular forum, kept me apprised at all stages during the proceeding. I would highly recommend Mr. Kettlewell for professional responsibility matters.
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2020
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Wonderful work!
Mr. Kettlewell was responsive to my needs and understood how to deal with my problem efficiently as I am a busy professional. He was communicative and set my expectations from the outset. I definitely would recommend him to others
Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2020
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Review
Mr. Kettlewell was responsive, helpful, and easy to communicate with. He took care of everything necessary to help me prevail at my hearing, and was clear in explaining what to expect and what was required of me at the hearing. No complaints whatsoever.
Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2019
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Highly recommended
Please do not attempt to represent yourself in any disciplinary proceeding. I would highly recommend Charles. He is very knowledgeable in alleged violations of the Code of Professional Responsibility and has great relationships with the Disciplinary Counsel. He provided sound advice and was there every step of the way to answer questions and guide me through this unfortunate process. Once again, don't have a fool for a client and represent yourself. Hire Charles.
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Posted by Jeff Fanger | September 18, 2019
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Excellent Quality Work
We have used Charles Kettlewell for over twenty years as our Firm's ethics counsel and find him to be an excellent attorney that provides high quality advice and counsel on everything from ethical questions to marketing decisions. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2019
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Prompt, professional, knowledgeable, and very friendly.
Charles assisted me with a bank error concerning an IOLTA account and offered some general trust management advice. He also provided some general ethics advice. He was highly responsive and very knowledgeable so I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Regina | June 24, 2019
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Professional and Personable
Charles effectively and efficiently responded to a letter of inquiry that I received from the Ohio Supreme Court Disciplinary Counsel regarding an IOLTA banking error. His response led to a prompt dismissal of the case. Charles saved me the time (and hassle) of responding to the OSC-DC, in turn, allowing me to focus on my own clients' matters. I would add that during that process Charles also provided me with sound advice for maintaining my integrity and professionalism during extremely contentious and ongoing litigation--just one of the reasons I did not have the time to handle the IOLTA matter myself. I cannot think of a reason why a practicing lawyer would not hire an ethics lawyer to handle any issue no matter how seemingly minor. Hairdressers do not cut their own hair. Surgeons do not operate on themselves. If you are a practicing lawyer and do not already 'have a guy', then call Charles!
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Posted by David | April 10, 2019
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Positive Review
I would like to take this opportunity to submit a review. Mr. Kettlewell usually returns telephone calls within 24 hours. He puts together background information on his client's behalf so that a polished and thorough submission can be made to the other entity. Based upon his professional experience, Mr. Kettlewell is understanding and objective. When he represented me, Mr. Kettlewell was able to provide restrained and dispassionate guidance that appropriately tempered my subjective overview of the legal matter.
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Posted by Don | October 1, 2018
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Professonalism when needed most!
Charles handled my case with exactly the kind of care and professionalism that one would expect from a close friend or relative. He was always quick to give his candid, personal opinion but could immediately follow up with the legal, formal view of my issue. This gives a client a level of comfort that he knows my issue completely! Great job!
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Posted by Georges | October 1, 2018
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Excellent representation
In the last 20 years I was represented twice by Mr. Kettlewell regarding letter of inquiry from Ohio Disciplinary Counsel. I Could have not hoped for better representation during those trying emotional times. His superior knowledge in the area as well as his great personality made dealing with him a pleasure. He represent extremely well and i cannot be more pleased. I very strongly recommend Mr. Kettelwell as he is a master in the area of ethics. Thank you Charles for all what you did cannot adequately express my satisfaction.
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Posted by Mathias | June 18, 2018
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He is quite simply the best attorney for disciplinary defense
I retained Mr. Kettlewell to represent me in a matter against a former client that had alleged disciplinary violations that were unsubstantiated. He was easy to work with, went over the facts of my case, and prepared a defense that was impressive and ultimately won the "case". I would recommend him to any attorney that has to deal with a disciplinary investigation or complaint.
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Response from Charles Kettlewell August 27, 2018
I appreciate this review and am always glad to have a happy former client. But the foregoing is the only one person's opinion and it cannot be verified that I am the "best" attorney for disciplinary defense.
Posted by Hans | February 22, 2018
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A Great Resource
Charles always provides timely, complete, candid, and practical advice. He is an essential part of our team of advisors.
Posted by Greg | April 5, 2017
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Ethic's Counsel
We have used Charles on numerous matters over the last 7 years. His service has ranged from reviewing marketing material to ensure compliance, to defending against sour grapes bogus local competitor bar complaints. He always delivers and would highly recommend in the world of ethics.
Posted by Luke | March 19, 2017
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Best value for your money
I had the unfortunate need to hire an attorney to represent me before a commissioner panel for the Supreme Court. I was referred to Charles, and from the minute we meet, I knew he was the best attorney for me. Charles was very knowledgeable, friendly and courteous, and always had the answer. Charles is definitely a top notch attorney and the man to call if you find yourself needing an ethics attorney.
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Response from Charles Kettlewell March 21, 2017
Disclaimer: I do not claim to be and it cannot be verified that I am the "best value for your money." The foregoing is the opinion of only one former client.
Posted by Charlene | January 16, 2017
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Superb result!
Atty. Kettlewell handled a personal matter for me. He handled the matter promptly and efficiently in a very professional manner that ended in an excellent result for me. I would highly recommend him to colleagues and clients.
Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2017
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Highly Recommended
Mr. Kettlewell provided a very concise, but informative initial telephone consultation that explained what he could do to help with my C & F issues re: admission by motion to OH Bar. I retained his services and he provided excellent, successful representation. At all times, I felt 100% confident in his skills, knowledge and advocacy. He responded to all emails and phone calls in a timely manner and was exceptionally professional when communicating with others on my behalf. I would highly recommend Mr. Kettlewell.
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Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2016
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Professional, Prepared and Responsive
Mr. Kettlewell was an excellent attorney and I would recommend him to anyone. He knew the law, he was experienced and he was prepared. He worked with me to make sure I was prepared. I trusted him and my trust was well placed. I achieved the result I wanted and I got my life back.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Charles J. Kettlewell LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • Kettlewell & Donchatz LLC
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Partner
  • CCDKO LLP
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Partner
  • Kettlewell & Kettlewell LLC
  • 2000 - 2006
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Education

  • Capital University
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2000

Associations

  • Central Ohio Association for Justice
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility Chair
  • 2010 - Present
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Center for Professional Responsibility
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Central Ohio Association for Justice
  • President
  • 2019 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 2019 Lawyer of the Year in Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • 2016 Lawyer of the Year Ethics & Professional Responsibility Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • 2015 Best Lawyers in Legal Ethics & Professional Responsisbility
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation
  • 2013
  • 2014 Best Lawyers - Ethics & Professional Responsibility Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • 2012 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Ethics in Columbus
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • 2013 Best Lawyers - Ethics & Professional Responsibility Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • 2012 Top Lawyers in Columbus
  • Columbus CEO
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyer - Ethics & Professional Responsibility Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyer 2011
  • Columbus Business First
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyer - Ethics & Professional Responsibility Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Reflections on Life and the Law
  • How to Survive Survive Your Worst Case Scenario
  • 2006
  • Columbus Bar Briefs
  • From Bad to Worse, and How to Avoid Turning Malpractice into Discipline
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Charles and I have worked together on cases. His knowledge is superb and his professionalism top notch."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Charles is a Top Notch attorney!"
Ethics and professional responsibility
Columbus Ethics and professional responsibility Lawyer Charles John Kettlewell
Charles John Kettlewell
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney
Columbus, OH
Licensed for 22 years