Ritchey received his undergraduate degree (B.S.) from Kent State University in 1969 and his law degree (J.D.) from Capital University in 1973.
Professional Association And Memberships
Ritchey has served as President of the Ohio State Bar Association and Columbus Bar Association and recently served on the American Bar Association Board of Governors. He has served in the ABA House of Delegates for the past 25 years, chaired several significant ABA Standing Committees, and currently chairs the Advisory Committee to the ABA’s Election Law Committee. Ritchey has served as a member of both the State and Franklin County Public Defender Commissions, is President of the Franklin County Law Library Resource Board. He recently served as President of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio. Ritchey was the Treasurer of the Governor’s Committee for Former Governor Dick Celeste and served as a member of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Delegation to Ukraine which assisted in the establishment of their court system in the Post-Soviet era.
Ritchey was awarded The Columbus Bar Association’s Bar Service Medal in 1997 and the 2013 Ohio Bar Medal by the Ohio State Bar Association.
He was named Lawyer of the Year”in the ethics and professional responsibility law category by Columbus Business First (2013). He was listed as a “Best Lawyer in America” in commercial law, litigation and criminal defense (white collar) ethics, and professional responsibility law by Best Lawyers® (2012-2019), as well as named “Lawyer of the Year” in ethics and professional responsibility law (2013) and criminal defense – white collar (2019) by Best Lawyers®. Mr. Hollenbaugh has also been chosen as a “Super Lawyer” by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine, (2004-2007, 2009-2011, 2015-2017). Ritchey has received the Martindale-Hubbell® top peer rating of AV Preeminent®.
Ritchey was born and raised in Shelby, Ohio. He enjoys golf, traveling, and spending time with his wife and their four children and nine grandchildren.