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Mr. Hartwig was born in Youngstown, Ohio on March 19, 1973. He is a graduate of South Range High School in North Lima, Ohio. He attended John Carroll University (B.S., cum laude, 1995) where he played baseball and was a member of the Psi Chi National Honor Society. He received his law degree from The University of Akron (J.D.) in 1998 and was the recipient of the CALI Excellence for Trial Advocacy Award. Mr. Hartwig is admitted to practice in all Ohio courts and the United States District Court, for the Northern District of Ohio.


Mr. Hartwig was employed for 14 years as a partner in a reputable Youngstown lawfirm, practicing in the areas of Plaintiff’s personal injury, criminal defense, juvenile delinquency defense, employment law and worker’s compensation litigation. In 2012, he started his own law firm focusing on criminal defense and personal injury matters.  He has tried dozens of trials in both civil and criminal cases.  Mr. Hartwig is certified by the Supreme Court of Ohio to represent defendants as Trial Co-Counsel in death penalty cases. He was recognized in Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine in both 2012 and 2013 as a Rising Star.  He is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for having been lead counsel on at least one case which resulted in a multi-million dollar verdict or settlement.


He is a member of the Ohio Association for Justice and the Mahoning County and Ohio State Bar Associations. He is a past President of the Mahoning County Bar Association, past co-chairperson/current member of its Young Lawyers Committee, and current member of its certified grievance committee. He is also member of the Facility Governing Board for the Mahoning County Community-Based Correctional Facility.


Mr. Hartwig is married to Elizabeth and has three children, Sarah, Lauren, and Nicholas.


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Contact info

Hartwig Law LLC

120 Marwood Circle
Boardman, OH, 44512

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    18 years
  2. Personal Injury: 35%
    18 years
  3. Juvenile: 15%
    18 years



Hourly ($175-250/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ross Teele Smith

    Ed Hartwig is one of the hardest working lawyers I know. He and I met while practicing criminal defense in Youngstown, Ohio. I have the privilege to say that we are not only colleagues, but great friends. He is a tenacious litigator and very well versed in the law. In my experience, he is extremely well-liked by both prosecution and defense colleagues. I highly recommend Ed as a lawyer.


    Ross Smith Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Robert Isaac Shaker

    I endorse this lawyer.Does great work and is well respected by his peers


    Robert Shaker Personal injury Attorney
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Clients' Choice Award, Criminal DefenseAVVO2016
Clients' Choice Award, Criminal DefenseAVVO2015
Clients' Choice Award, Criminal DefenseAVVO2014
Rising Star, OhioSuper Lawyers2013
Clients' Choice Award, Criminal DefenseAVVO2013
Rising Stars,Super Lawyers2012
MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2012
CALI Trial Advocacy AwardUniversity of Akron1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/FounderHartwig Law, LLC2012 - Present
PartnerWellman, Jeren, Hackett & Skoufatos Co., L.P.A.1998 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Mahoning County Bar AssociationPresident2013 - Present
Mahoning County Bar AssociationTrustee2008 - Present
Mahoning County CBCA Facility Governing BoardBoard Member2007 - Present
Ohio Association for JusticeMember1999 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Mahoning County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Mahoning County Bar Association, Grievance Committeemember2010 - 2012
Neil Kennedy Recovery ClinicBoard Member2004 - 2005
Mahoning County Bar Assoc. Young Lawyers CommitteeCo-chair2003 - 2006
American Bar AssociationMember1998 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
John Doesettlement 2.25 million
Jane DoeNot Guilty, Jury verdict
Joseph Anderson v. Simon Property GroupPlaintiff's Jury verdict/$250,000.00
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Akron School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
John Carroll UniversityN/AOther - Bachelors1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Second Biennial Anatomy of a Criminal DefenseOpening Statements in Criminal Trial2015
Anatomy of Criminal Trial for the DefenseOpening Statements in Criminal Trial2013
People's Law SchoolJuvenile Defense2006