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Experienced & Motivated General Practice Attorneys in Ashtabula, OH

Andrews & Pontius in Ashtabula, OH, is a full-service legal practice. Our general practice attorneys’ areas of practice complement one another. Collectively, our firm has extensive experience across a broad spectrum of legal matters—from personal domestic issues to business ventures and from civil lawsuits to criminal matters. We help local businesses, corporations, insurance companies, school boards, municipalities, and other enterprises with the wide range of legal support services they need to operate smoothly and successfully. Just as importantly, we provide strong legal counsel to individual clients and families. We help them with family legal matters, criminal defense, elder law, and estate planning. We seek justice and compensation for them when they have been injured through the negligence or recklessness of others, and we are there for them when they face criminal charges.

Estate Planning

In Ohio, you can make a valid will if you are at least 18 years old and of sound mind. The will must be in writing and signed by you or by another at your direction and in your presence. Two or more competent witnesses must witness your signature. It makes sense to consult a local Ohio lawyer who does a lot of estate planning—as we do—to draft your will, so that you do not make costly mistakes or accidentally fail to accomplish what you intend. Our firm handles probate matters, dealing with the legal processes of paying debts and distributing assets after the person’s death. It is best to work with us now to set things up for the asset distribution you want and to minimize the hardship to your family at the time of your death.

Family Law

Family law issues are almost always stressful. After all, they are the ones that hit us closest to home. Particularly when the matter is a divorce or another situation which may make a profound difference in the circumstances of your life going forward, the pressure can be intense. Our objective is to guide and support you through every step of the legal process and to help you accomplish and achieve your goals. We understand that these issues can be very emotional and difficult to deal with. Often, it is tempting to forge ahead in the process without considering the full ramifications of decisions made hastily. Seek the assistance of a skillful and experienced family law attorney. At Andrews & Pontius, we are dedicated to helping you resolve your family law situation effectively for the long term. 

We specialize in cases involving:

  • Adoption
  • Annulment 
  • Child Support 
  • Child Support Enforcement 
  • Cohabitation Agreements 
  • Custody 
  • Divorce 
  • Domestic Violence 
  • Elder Law Matters 
  • Father’s Rights 
  • Grandparent rights 
  • Judgment Modification 
  • Juvenile Protection
  • Legal Separation 
  • Marital Property Division 
  • Parental Rights 
  • Paternity Tests 
  • Prenuptial Agreements 
  • Relocation Issues 
  • Shared Parenting 
  • Spousal Support 
  • Violation of Court Orders
  • Visitation
  • Wills & Probate 

Personal Injury

At Andrews & Pontius, we stand ready to champion your cause when you have been injured by the recklessness, negligence, or intentional misconduct of another person or business. Our general practice attorney David E. Pontius is a member of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) with extensive experience in litigation of personal injury claims and deep knowledge of Ohio personal injury law. We fight for you to obtain the best compensation available under the terms of that law. There are many types of personal injury cases that may be actionable—meaning that you may be able to recover damages from the person or organization at fault. Personal injury claims resulting from motor vehicle accidents are the ones that we see most frequently, but we handle all types of physical and psychological injury cases, including:

  • Auto Accidents

  • Motorcycle & Bicycle Accidents 

  • Slip & Fall

  • Animal Bites

  • Workplace Injury 

  • Toxic Tort 


  • Construction Site Injuries
  • Trespass
  • Wrongful Death
  • Premises Liability 
  • Products Liability 
  • Truck Accidents 
  • Railroad Accidents 
  • Nursing Home Abuse 
  • Property Damage 
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Infliction of Emotional Distress 
  • Slander 

Business Law

Our lawyers at Andrews & Pontius have extensive experience handling all types of legal matters involved in doing business in northeast Ohio. We represent property owners, contractors, and large and small businesses with everything from drafting agreements and enforcing contracts to appeals after a trial. Business law encompasses any business situation where legal issues apply. Whether you’re just starting a business or facing challenges to a mature enterprise, we can help you maximize the effectiveness of your business arrangements and limit the impact of any negative events. We offer assistance with:

  • Agency 

  • Breach of Agreement

  • Buying or Selling a Business 

  • Closely Held Corporations 

  • Collections 

  • Contracts

  • Construction 

  • Commercial Fraud 

  • Commercial Liability 

  • Corporate Boards 

  • Debtor & Creditor 

  • Directors & Officers 

  • Dissolution of Business 

  • Employment Law 

  • Fiduciary Relationships 

  • Forming a Business 

  • Franchise Relationships

  • Incorporation

  • Limited Liability Companies

  • Management Duties & Liabilities 

  • Mergers & Acquisitions 

  • Non-Compete Agreements

  • Partnerships

  • Real Estate Transactions

  • Secured Transactions

  • Shares & Stockholders 

  • Small Businesses

  • Tax Issues 

Real Estate Law

Whether you’re buying a home, negotiating an office build-out, or litigating an easement dispute, our attorneys at Andrews & Pontius are available to help. Utilizing our extensive knowledge about property rights, real estate issues, finance, and business, we stand by your side in all important real estate issues. Our attorneys understand that anxiety often accompanies the excitement of buying or selling your home. We skillfully represent you from offer to sale and work to ease your concerns. Our attorneys conduct smooth and precise transactions during all residential home sales transactions. You can rely on our expertise in:

  • Commercial Property Sales Transactions

  • Homeowners Associations Issues 

  • Condominium Law 

  • Landlord-Tenant Disputes 

  • Evictions

  • Foreclosures 

  • Real Estate Contracts

  • Eminent Domain

  • Zoning, Land-Use, & Building Permits 

  • Boundary & Easement Disputes 

  • Title Disputes Stages of Home Buying & Selling 

Criminal Defense

When you’re charged with a crime, the most important decision you can make is your choice of a criminal defense attorney. Having an experienced and effective general practice attorney on your side can mean the difference between a prison sentence and reduced or dismissed charges. At Andrews & Pontius, our lawyers have extensive experience with the courts and law enforcement in northeast Ohio. We also have a fierce dedication to protecting the rights of our neighbors who stand accused of committing crimes. We represent clients across the full range of criminal law matters, including:

  • Arson

  • Assault 

  • Breaking & Entering 

  • Business Crimes 

  • Domestic Violence

  • Drug Possession & Sale

  • DUI/DWI 

  • Firearm Offenses

  • Forfeitures

  • Grand Larceny

  • Health Care Fraud 

  • Juvenile Charges 

  • Restraining Order Violations 

  • Shoplifting 

  • Theft 

  • Traffic Violations

  • Vandalism

  • White-Collar Crimes 

Take the First Step & Reach out to Us Today

There are many ways we can put our experience and our knowledge of the law and of the courts to work for you. For skillful and personalized representation when you’re dealing with legal concerns in northeast Ohio, call our experienced general practice attorneys at Andrews & Pontius to schedule a free consultation.

(440) 998-6835