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Kenneth Jerome Rexford

Criminal defense Attorney at Lima, OH

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Ken Rexford

  • Licensed for 28 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

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About Kenneth

Learn Kenneth’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    OVI, Drug Trafficking/Possession, Major and Minor Felonies, Domestic Violence

    30 years, 20,000 cases

  2. Appeals

    30 years, 200 cases

  3. Divorce and separation

    30 years, 250 cases

About Attorney Kenneth J. Rexford

Georgetown University Law Center, Doctor of Jurisprudence, Washington, D.C. 1994
Asbury College Bachelor of Arts in History, Business Management Minor, Wilmore, Kentucky 1991

Bar Admissions:
Ohio Supreme Court, 1995
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 1997
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 1997
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2003
United States Supreme Court, 2009

Appellate Decisions of Note:
Cleveland v. Mathis (1999), 136 Ohio 41; loitering for prostitution ordinance declared unconstitutional for vagueness and free speech reasons. Cleveland v. Maistros (2001), 145 Ohio 346; importuning ordinance declared unconstitutional in highly publicized case as violating equal protection rights of homosexual citizens, reversing recent precedent and leading to ultimate reversal of prior Ohio Supreme Court opinion on the issue. Cleveland v. Smith (2001), 115 Ohio 51; weapons possession ordinance declared unconstitutional for vagueness reasons. Cleveland v. Bacho (8th Dist., December 12, 2002), Case No. 81600, 02-LW-5173; established right of citizen to pro bono representation by a public defender. Cleveland v. Kristoff (8th Dist., March 21, 2002), Case No. 80086, 02-LW-1070; defense of citizen charged with obstructing official business dismissed because of applied unconstitutionality and invasion of right to free speech. Multiple successful State appellate decisions at the Ohio Supreme Court and lower appellate courts reversing and remanding sentencing pursuant to Blakely and Foster.  State v. Ligon (Nov. 24, 2008), 2008-Ohio-6085; sentence of 24 years reduced to 5-7 years because of verdict form errors.  State v. Shurelds (Feb. 17, 2010), 156 Ohio 21; dismissal of weapons charge for due process violations by police.  State v. Mullen (Ja. 10, 2011), 2011-Ohio-37; two felonies reduced to misdemeanors for defective indictment.  Major appellate litigation in area of final appealable orders.

Practice History:
Attorney Rexford started his practice in 1995 after graduating as a Hoya from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.  After a few years in private practice, he relocated to Cleveland, Ohio.  For several years, he dedicated his time to indigent defense and indigent appeals with the Legal Aid Society, accomplishing major changes in the representation of underprivileged individuals, including six major decisions removing unconstitutional laws that had resulted in nearly 1000 arrests per year, effective defense of men discriminated against by a federally funded domestic violence task force, and organization of an effective brief bank for other indigency attorneys.  He received the Claude E. Clark Award for Outstanding 2003, he resumed private practice, eventually relocating to Lima, Ohio, where he currently operates a practice focused on Northwest Ohio.  He has represented clients in about 40 Ohio county courts and in well over half of the twelve Ohio appellate districts.  He has also represented citizens in Indiana, appearing pro hoc vice.  Attorney Rexford has appeared in about 100 actions before the Ohio Supreme Court, has appeared before the highest court in Indiana, and has handled over 100 matters before Ohio appellate district courts.  He appears regularly in federal district court and the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on State habeas matters.  Attorney Rexford continues his active interest and work in many areas of legal reform, including sentencing reform, scientific evidence reform, civil rights, and constitutional challenges.  (Click underlined words for articles.)


Kenneth J. Rexford & Co., LLC
112 North West Street
Lima, OH, 45801

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Posted by tonya | September 5, 2020
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Great lawyer
I hired Mr. Rex my son talked to him and soon as he left the office. He wanted to hire him we felt really confident. I have a hard time trusting people but I trust him. He get right back with you and does not over charge and also will have your back. I will refer any one to him case is still going on he have did great job so far.
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2017
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Best in Lima
Kenneth and Leah are top notch people. Ken has helped me win 2 cases so far. Fair, resonable, and does not take advantage of people.
Posted by Michelle | April 4, 2017
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Excellent attorney
When you don't know who to trust, but want a local attorney, you can trust this man. He and his wife are a committed legal team. They have given me a fair and accurate OVI defense. That's what I wanted and that's what I received. Excellent attorney.


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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Kenneth J. Rexford & Co., L.L.C.
  • 2003 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Summers and Vargas
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Staff Attorney -- Criminal Defense
  • Legal Aid Society Of Cleveland Downtown Office
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Kenneth J. Rexford, Attorney
  • 1995 - 1999
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  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Asbury College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Little
  • Win
  • State v. Shurelds
  • Case dismissed
  • Cleveland v. Maistros
  • Law declared unconstitutional
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  • American Contract Bridge League
  • Gold Life Master
  • 1980 - Present
  • member
  • 2007 - 2007

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Claude E. Clarke Award
  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
  • 2003


  • Cuebidding at Bridge, a Modern Approach
  • Author
  • 2007
  • Cuebidding at Bridge, a Modern Approach
  • Author
  • 2007
  • Cuebidding at Bridge, a Modern Approach
  • Author
  • 2007

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Lima Criminal defense Lawyer Kenneth Jerome Rexford
Kenneth Jerome Rexford
Criminal defense Attorney
Lima, OH
Licensed for 28 years
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