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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.


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.


Practice areas


  1. Ethics: 85%
    16 years
  2. Personal Injury: 15%
    5 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Charles J. Kettlewell LLC

445 Hutchinson Avenue
Suite 100
Columbus, OH, 43235


DCInactive 201307/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2016 Lawyer of the Year Ethics & Professional Responsibility LawBest Lawyers in America2015
2015 Best Lawyers in Legal Ethics & Professional ResponsisbilityBest Lawyers in America2014
2014 Best Lawyers - Ethics & Professional Responsibility LawBest Lawyers in America2013
FellowAmerican Bar Foundation2013
2012 Top Lawyers in ColumbusColumbus CEO2012
2013 Best Lawyers - Ethics & Professional Responsibility LawBest Lawyers in America2012
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
2012 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Ethics in ColumbusBest Lawyers in America2012
Top Lawyer 2011Columbus Business First2011
Best Lawyer - Ethics & Professional Responsibility LawBest Lawyers in America2011
Best Lawyer - Ethics & Professional Responsibility LawBest Lawyers in America2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerCharles J. Kettlewell LLC2011 - Present
PartnerKettlewell & Donchatz LLC2009 - 2011
PartnerCCDKO LLP2006 - 2009
PartnerKettlewell & Kettlewell LLC2000 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Central Ohio Association for JusticeDirector2015 - Present
Central Ohio Association for JusticeEthics & Professional Responsibility Chair2010 - Present
Association of Professional Responsibility LawyersMember2000 - Present
American Bar Association, Center for Professional ResponsibilityMember2000 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
COAJ - The CommunicatorA Better Rule 1.15(d)2011
Columbus Bar Lawyers QuarterlyHIDE AND GO SEEK Inventory Attorneys Chronicling Another's Cases2011
Columbus Bar BriefsSettling Malpractice Under the New Rules of Professional Conduct2007
Reflections on Life and the LawHow to Survive Survive Your Worst Case Scenario2006
Columbus Bar BriefsFrom Bad to Worse, and How to Avoid Turning Malpractice into Discipline2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Capital University Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor2000