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Butler County judge, ex-police chief now part of Rittgers & Rittgers law

Rittgers & Rittgers has acquired the firm of Haughey & Niehaus LLC in a move that gives the combined firm, which will operate under the Rittgers & Rittgers name, a physical presence in Warren, Butler, and Hamilton counties.

The firm now boasts 16 attorneys across multiple practice areas, according to a press release.

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Along with acquiring a physical presence in Butler County via the Haughey & Niehaus Oxford location, Rittgers & Rittgers has acquired the expertise of attorneys Daniel Haughey, Erik Niehaus, Neal Schuett and Gus Lazares.

Haughey has practiced in Butler County as a defense attorney, prosecuting attorney and labor negotiator. He also currently serves as the judge of the Butler County Area III Court in West Chester Twp.

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Niehaus has also practiced as both a criminal defense attorney and as a prosecutor, along with maintaining a domestic relations practice. He is the former chief of police in West Chester Twp.

Schuett and Lazares will continue to practice primarily out of the Oxford office near Miami University. They represent students facing all manner of criminal and university sanctions, and also coach the Miami University Mock Trial Team.

“We are excited to have Dan, Erik, Neal, and Gus on the Rittgers team,” Charlie M. Rittgers said of the acquisition, which occurred on Sept. 9. “Their experience, success and entrenchment in Butler County is unsurpassed.”

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