Charles J. Kettlewell LLC
Attorney & Counselor at Law

445 Hutchinson Avenue, Suite 830 Columbus, Ohio 43235-8630
Phone: 614 436-2750 | Fax: 614 436-2865

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I am admitted in the state of Ohio and United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. I am also admitted in the District of Columbia.* My 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.

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

I’ve been published by Columbus Bar Briefs, which is published by The Daily Reporter, I was a contributing author to Reflections on Life and the Law, published by the Columbus Bar Association, and I frequently teach CLE courses on legal ethics, professionalism, and substance abuse 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 Prosecuting Attorneys Association; The Stark County Academy of Trial Lawyers; Central Ohio Association for Justice; The Ohio Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys; Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers(APRL); and, continuing education sponsors such as Lorman, PESI, and NBI. I have also taught over 200 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) hours to attorneys and judges and I am available to teach private CLE courses to law firms and their invited guests.

I am member of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, APRL, and the Ohio State Bar Association . I am also a member of the Ohio Association for Justice. I also currently serve as the Ethics Chair and as President for the Central Ohio Association for Justice.


ohio-legal-ethics-lawayer2013 Peer Voted – Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Established in 1955, The Fellows support the research of the American Bar Foundation. Membership in The Fellows is limited to one third of one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by Fellows in their jurisdiction and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 5000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

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Capital University Law School, (1997-2000): Juris Doctor
Recipient: Deans Scholarship
Elected to Beta Court of the Order of the Curia National Honorary Legal Fraternity

Ohio University (1994-1996) Bachelor of Arts (Sociology / Criminology)
Graduated Cum Laude
Member: Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor’s Society

The Ohio State University (1991-1994) No Degree / Transferred to Ohio University
Member: Honors Program

“He who will be his own Counsellor, shall be sure to have a fool for his client.” William De Britaine, Humane Prudence [1702].

Client Testimonials

He will fight for you!

“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.”

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

I answer my own phone and if I am unavailable for any reason it is my policy to return calls within 24 business hours.  Please give me a call