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Kenneth Nelson Ortner

Criminal defense Attorney at Sheffield Village, OH

5.0   12 reviews

also known as Ortner Law Group, LLC, Attorney Andrew C. Ortner, Attorney Ben Kleidman

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  • Licensed for 25 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Kenneth

Learn Kenneth’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    When results matter

    26 years

  2. Estate planning
    Wills, health care directives, powers of attorney, trust, survivorship deeds, transfer on death affidavits

    20 years

  3. Probate
    One of the most difficult times in life is when a loved one passes. Our firm is here to assist and guide you during this process and help relieve the stress.

    20 years


Attorney Ortner was admitted to the bar in 1998. His goal is to provide an innovative approach to solving legal problems.

Kenneth graduated from Firelands High School and graduated Magna cum laude from Ohio University and Magna cum laude from Cleveland Marshall Law School. Kenneth participated in law review as an associate and editor while attending law school. He has also served as a traffic magistrate for the Elyria Municipal Court.

Kenneth is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and federal district court in the Northern District of Ohio. He is also takes on Police Misconduct and Civil Rights cases.


Office hours by appointment: Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.




Ortner Law Group, LLC
5425 Detroit RD
Suite 10 (around back of building)
Sheffield Village, OH, 44054


5.0 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by angela | June 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Mr. Ortner
I hired him to handle a case that that involved going back close to 15 years. Mr. Ortner and his team kept me informed every step of the way, definitely a big comfort, and money was not an issue. Fortunately for me the case was resolved, I can't begin to thank Mr. Ortner enough. I would also like to thank Michelle for her hard work in this, and Felicia whose phone calls were very comforting.
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Posted by Chris | May 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Attorney Ortner.... you're the best!!!
Attorney Ortner did an absolute amazing job representing my son in a high-profile case. He is very professional, compassionate, knowledgeable, determined, and goes above and beyond to fight for his clients. We were truly blessed to have him appointed by the courts to represent my son. His secretary, Felicia is amazing also. She comforted me by listening, understanding, and returned every phone call I made if she wasn't able to answer. They make a great team and we will be forever grateful for all they've done!
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Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Federal Consult
Although he couldn’t be my lawyer both Ken and his office helped me find the right federal lawyer that was practicing in my state.
Response from Kenneth Ortner December 1, 2023
Thank you for the review!
Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Review/ Rating
Ken and Andrew got me a really good deal and I couldn’t be more thankful to them for doing that for me. I would absolutely go back although I hope I don’t have a reason to haha. Great service though. Thank you so much.
Response from Kenneth Ortner December 1, 2023
Thank you for the review!
Posted by Megan | October 26, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kenneth Ortner
Kenneth was my attorney in 2013-2014 and he went above and beyond as my attorney. He truly cared about my well-being and fought for me to go to treatment after jail. One of the best lawyers around for sure. He truly cares about his clients!
Response from Kenneth Ortner December 1, 2023
Thank you very much for the review!
Posted by Elaine | February 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyers you’ll ever find! If you have any legal issue, please give Ortner Law Group a call. Ken and his son Andrew are amazing, experienced lawyers that will guide you throughout whatever process you are going through. Office team are super amazing, from the moment you get to the office they make you feel like home, like family and moreover at ease. All legal matters are stressful but if you hire this team your mind will be definitely at ease. I had a great outcome with my legal matters and you could as well!!!! Give then a call!!!!
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Posted by Gretchen | June 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My favorite lawyer
An excellent lawyer not once left my boyfriend side and stand next too him at all times very good representative I will recommend him to whom need a lawyer amazing crew he works with.
Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review for Traffic Violation Case
Mr. Ortner and Debbie were both very helpful and timely in responses. They promptly relayed information over and answered questions that I had. Mr. Ortner was also open to suggestions, and in the end came through with the exact result I was hoping for.
Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Ortner gives is definitely an Attorney for the People and not for the money! Very dedicated!
I have used Kenneth Ortner for many things in the past, ranging from numerous things. He gives his personal attention to his clients. What I appreciate most is the one on one time that he spends with each client. He doesn't ignore phone calls (as most do). He keeps you updated on what is going on with your case step by step. He is truly compassionate and fights for your rights. I personally would recommend him to anyone for a small case or a top profile case. When it comes to an Attorney, Ken is top notch and I wouldn't recommend anyone else. Thank you Ken for your service to this community and to my family. May you succeed in all your endeavors,
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Posted by Gretchen | February 13, 2014
We hired Ken Ortner on the recommendation of a friend. We have had bad experiences with lawyers in the past, but Ken has re-instilled my faith in the system and law. He is truly a professional and caring person. His first interest is his client, he is understanding and always there. The fact that his cases aren't just about the money speaks volumes for his professionalism. Court cases are like being dangled from the side of tall bridge, not knowing what is going to happen next. But looking down and seeing Ken as your safety net is comforting beyond words. He allows you to feel human, and not just a number. Personally I see him as a miracle worker! Thanks so much for all you have have been a blessing to this family :)
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Posted by Richard | December 26, 2013
A real representative for my children.
Mr. Ortner was appointed through the courts as my children's GAL, not only to validate any concerns I had, also because their voice needed to be heard. He was very thorough in speaking with each of my four children, finding out anything necessary that would endanger them or prove to be unfitting of a parent. Upon final conclusion, his representation of my children was more than adequate. They are were they need to be thanks to Mr. Ortner. I highly recommend him, my kids are worth every penny spent for him to represent them fairly, justly, and with a firm voice.
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Posted by Walter | September 17, 2013
First Class Attorney
Attorney Ortner was appointed Guardian Ad Litem in my divorce case after it was found the first GAL appointed was representing my ex-wife’s boyfriend in his divorce case. Attorney Ortner was very professional and thorough in his work. His integrity and attention to detail impressed me throughout the case. He spent a great deal of time getting to know my children. He truly had their best interest at heart. He took the time to speak to teachers and other professionals who knew the children well. He kept in constant contact with me and thoroughly reviewed all the evidence presented to him. I recommend Attorney Ortner to anyone in search of a first class attorney.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Kenneth N. Ortner
  • 1998 - Present
  • Magistrate
  • City Of Elyria
  • 2005 - 2012


  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Ohio University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Brillon
  • Trial - Not Guilty


  • Negative Space Art and Music Gallery
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Lorain County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • A+ Business
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2019
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018


  • Man suing Lorain police found innocent in assault bench trial
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Sex in the Spring
  • Continuing Legal Education - Attendee
  • 2022
  • In Defense of the Damned
  • Continuing Legal Education - Attendee
  • 2022
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Continuing Legal Education - Attendee
  • 2022
  • Trial Lawyers College
  • Washington Regional Seminar Attendee
  • 2018
  • Trial Lawyers College
  • Wyoming Reginal Seminar Attendee
  • 2017
  • Trial Lawyers College
  • California Reginal Seminar Attendee
  • 2016
  • Trial Lawyers College
  • Chicago Regional Seminar Attendee
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"A fierce advocate who is not afraid to go to trial, Ken always fights to get the best results for his clients. As a chief prosecutor, I faced Ken on the other side of the table a multitude of times. Ken possesses a keen ability to bottom-line a case and force the prosecutor to face the undeniable weaknesses in his/her own case. This ultimately forces the prosecutor to give Ken’s clients the best deal possible. If you don’t choose me to represent you, Ken is a fantastic choice;) Seriously, this guy is good."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I first met Kenneth at a Trial Lawyer's College conference. First of all, any attorney who regularly attends those conferences are top notch. Kenneth is brilliant, cares about his clients, hard working. I absolutely endorse Kenneth Ortner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Friend
"Ken is the living definition of "zealous advocacy." His commitment and dedication to his clients should be a model and inspiration to other attorneys. Ken is well respected in the legal community and it is definitely my honor to highly endorse this lawyer."
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Sheffield Village Criminal defense Lawyer Kenneth Nelson Ortner
Kenneth Nelson Ortner
Criminal defense Attorney
Sheffield Village, OH
Licensed for 25 years
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