Charles J. Kettlewell LLC

Attorney & Counselor at Law 445 Hutchinson Avenue,
Suite 830 Columbus, Ohio 43235-8630

About Charles

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 also provide personal injury representation.

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 and Columbus Bar Associations. I am also a member of the Ohio Association for Justice. I also currently serve as the Ethics Chair and am a Past-President of the Central Ohio Association for Justice.

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



AV Preeminent Peer Rated in Martindale Hubbell since 2011

2013 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.  Charles J. Kettlewell became a Lifetime Fellow in 2022.

Peer Voted 2012, 2016, and 2019 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Columbus for Ethics & Professional Responsibility Law

Peer Voted 2010-Present for inclusion in Best Lawyers for Ethics & Professional Responsibility Law

Peer Voted 2011- Present Top Lawyers in Columbus Business First

Peer Voted 2012- Present Top Lawyers in Columbus CEO

2018 Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum – Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. There are over 5000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

2022 Recipient of Central Ohio Association for Justice Past President’s Award. 



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