Charles M. Elsea

Charles M. Elsea

Lancaster, Ohio

Charles graduated from Concordia University Chicago in 2006, magna cum laude, with a double major in history and political science. In 2009, he earned his juris doctorate from the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, and he was admitted to practice law in Ohio the same year. While at Ohio State, Charles served as a managing editor of the Ohio State Law Journal. He was admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio in 2010 and the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio in 2015.

As a partner in Stebelton Snider's litigation group, Charles focuses his practice on disputes involving real estate, zoning, and environmental matters and small and closely-held business issues. Probate and trust litigation also constitute a significant portion of his practice. Having briefed and argued appeals ranging from administrative appeals at governmental agencies to the Ohio Supreme Court, Charles is also a skilled appellate advocate for his clients.

Charles is a member of the Fairfield County Port Authority and the Board of Park Commissioners for the City of Lancaster. He is a past-president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fairfield County and previously served as a member of the Lancaster City Schools Board of Education Policy Committee. For five years, Charles served as the legal advisor to the Lancaster High School Mock Trial Team. Charles resides in Lancaster with his wife, Rachel, and their children.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Real Estate, Zoning, Land Use, and Environmental Litigation
  • Real Property Taxation Litigation
  • Closely-held Business Litigation
  • Trust, Estate, and Probate Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Coverage

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2016


  • The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D. - 2009
  • Concordia University Chicago
    • B.A. - 2006
    • Major: Political Science & History


  • Presenter: 2018 Ethics and Professionalism Review
  • Presenter: Should Attorneys “Like” #SocialMedia? Issues in Professionalism and Ethics in the Social Media Age, 2014
  • Presenter: Basics of Labor Law, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association