Jerry L. Kaltenbach


Jerry Kaltenbach is recognized as one of Ohio’s top lawyers by his peers and by the leading providers of attorney ratings in the nation.  Jerry is honored with an AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating for ethical standards and legal ability.  The AV-Preeminent rating results from surveys conducted of attorneys and judges that have worked with or seen Jerry in action.  This rating is very rare for attorneys under age 40 to obtain and Jerry has maintained this rating since age 34.

In addition, Jerry has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star by Thomson Reuters and as a Top Lawyer by Columbus C.E.O. Magazine in multiple fields including civil litigation and business law.  Jerry is rated “Superb” by Avvo.

Jerry is a native of Central Ohio and graduated from The Wellington School in 1995.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio University in 1999 and then graduated from Capital University Law School in 2002 where he also served on the Capital University Law Review.

Jerry honed his trial, litigation, negotiation, and business transaction skills in two downtown Columbus law firms collaborating with over 60 lawyers with wide and various backgrounds.

The most valuable part of Jerry’s legal experience was developed in the courtroom.  Jerry successfully defended an Ohio County Sheriff and his deputy in an “unlawful search and seizure” case by oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, one rung below the Supreme Court of the United States.  Jerry has also tried jury cases in Ohio Courts of Common Pleas.  His jury trial highlights include successfully defending a regional planning commission in a week-long jury trial against real estate developers seeking well over $1 million in damages and Jerry successfully defended a large real estate brokerage and its agent in a jury trial against claims alleging concealment of a defect in a home sale transaction.  Jerry has argued before the Ohio Court of Appeals for the Tenth District as well.

Jerry’s trial court successes also include securing six-figure judgments for clients in the home and commercial construction industries, representing real estate developers and projects in their transactions and disputes, and defending small and mid-size businesses and their owners across multiple industries.  Jerry brings his experience representing large corporations like Wells Fargo Bank, Lowe’s, and McDonald’s to Ohio’s entrepreneurs, businessmen, and individuals that have legal questions or issues.

In 2011, Jerry left the downtown firm life and began his career as a sole practitioner with Kaltenbach Law, LLC.  After two very successful years utilizing his experience from large firms, he began working with his long-time friend and colleague, James Vargo.

Kaltenbach Vargo, LLC is their expanded firm founded on the principle of bringing the highest standard of legal work to clients in a more efficient manner.

You can connect with Jerry by visiting his profiles on LinkedInAvvo, and Martindale-Hubbell, by visiting the firm’s page on Facebook, and by following us on twitter @kvlawyers.

Bar Admissions

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  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Awards and Recognitions

Selected Professional and Civic Organizations