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Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL


Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL - Cincinnati
  • One East Fourth Street
  • Suite 1400
  • Cincinnati
  • Ohio
  • USA
  • OH 45202
  • www. kmklaw.com
  • Managing Partner: Paul V Muething
  • Executive Partner: Rachael A Rowe
  • Number of senior partners: 14
  • Number of partners: 60
  • Number of of counsel: 5
  • Number of associates: 29
  • Total number of attorneys: 108

Firm Overview: Keating Muething & Klekamp (KMK®) is a Cincinnati-based law firm that represents clients of all sizes, from small start-up companies to Fortune 500 corporations. Founded in 1954, KMK has established a reputation for providing sophisticated legal services to business clients across the country.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Commercial Finance & Reorganization:
7 partners; 3 associates 
• Serve as general counsel to 11 asbestos and silica bankruptcy settlement trusts, advising them on trust administration, including claims resolution 
• Represented purchaser of $36m mortgage loan and subsequent acquisition of development project via deed in lieu
Contact: John S Fronduti Tel: 513 639 3958
Email: jfronduti@kmklaw.com
Contact: Robert G Sanker Tel: 513 579 6587
Email: rsanker@kmklaw.com

26 partners; 3 of counsel, 8 associates 
• Represented American Financial Group, Inc. in the sale of its Medicare Supplement and Critical Illness businesses to Cigna Corporation for approximately $295m in cash 
• Represented the Armstrong World Industries, Inc. Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust in a secondary public offering of shares of common stock of Armstrong World Industries. Inc. along with shares offered by Armor TGP Holdings, L.P.,with a value of securities offered of $265m in the aggregate 
• Represented American Financial Group, Inc. in an offering of $200m aggregate principal amount of 6.375% SeniorNotes due 2042, and the simultaneous redemption of $113m of 7.5% Senior Notes due 2033 and of $88m of 7.25% SeniorNotes due 2034
Key Clients: American Financial Group, Chiquita Brands International, Inc., Cintas Corporation, Meridian Bioscience, Inc.
Contact: James M Jansing Tel: 513 579 6439
Email: jjansing@kmklaw.com
Contact: Edward E Steiner Tel: 513 579 6468
Email: esteiner@kmklaw.com

Employee Benefits:
4 partners; 1 associate 
• KMK’s Employee Benefits Group provides sophisticated and practical legal advice to clients regarding a broad spectrum of matters including qualified retirement plans, non-qualified deferred compensation, and health and welfare benefits. KMK’s diverse group of clients includes large publicly traded companies, smaller privately held businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals
Key Clients: American Financial Group, Inc., Cintas Corporation, Fifth Third Bank.
Contact: Lisa Wintersheimer Michel Tel: 513 579 6462
Email: lmichel@kmklaw.com

Intellectual Property:
2 partners; 1 of counsel; 1 associate 
• Represented Fortune 500 clients in mergers and acquisitions involving intellectual property rights 
• Served as counsel for a Fortune 500 client, assuming responsibility for several major brands’ trademark portfolios
Key Clients: Belcan Corporation, Cintas Corporation, Great American Insurance Co.; Procter & Gamble, Gardner Denver, Inc.
Contact: Cheryl S. Scotney Tel: 513 579 6942
Email: cscotney@kmklaw.com

Labor & Employment:
4 partners; 1 of counsel; 3 associates 
• KMK represents a Fortune 1000 corporation in all labor and employment administrative and litigation matters nationwide, including successful enforcement of mandatory arbitration agreements 
• Represented a large private corporation in a national class action lawsuit involving the Fair Labor Standards Act and related claims 
• Represents Fortune 500 corporation in all aspects of labor negotiations, labor arbitrations and NLRB matters
Key Clients: AK Steel Corporation, Belcan Corporation, GE Aviation.
Contact: G Randall Ayers Tel: 513 579 6919
Email: rayers@kmklaw.com

21 partners; 13 associates 
• Serrano/EEOC v.Cintas Corporation - KMK defended client on claims related to gender discrimination in hiring involving over 300 US facilities 
• Eshe v. Fifth Third Bancorp - Currently defending client in consolidated securities class action litigation
Key Clients: Belcan Corporation; Cintas Corporation; Fifth Third Bank.
Contact: Joseph M Callow, Jr Tel: 513 579 6419
Email: jcallow@kmklaw.com
Contact: Daniel E Izenson Tel: 513 579 6480
Email: dizenson@kmklaw.com

Private Client Services:
6 partners
• KMK’s Private Client Services Group works closely with clients and assists in developing creative and taxefficient solutions for current and long-term estate planning and succession needs. KMK’s lawyers have vast experience in sophisticated estate planning strategies and techniques and are very knowledgeable in business succession planning, administration of estates and trusts, matrimonial disputes (divorce and child custody), guardianships, and income and transfer tax matters for individuals, estates, trusts, and family businesses
Contact: Joseph P Rouse Tel: 513 579 6417
Email: jrouse@kmklaw.com

Real Estate:
13 partners; 2 of counsel; 3 associates 
• Represented a Fortune 500 client in a series of land and property acquisitions in Ohio with values in the $5m-$15m range 
• KMK handled major real estate tax reduction cases for GE Aircraft Engine plant and for Procter & Gamble 
• Represented the joint venture including Al.Neyer and Towne Properties in the $84m U-Square development. KMK’s public finance team helped to close this transaction incorporating TIF, Bonds and New Markets Tax Credits
Key Clients: Al.Neyer, Inc., Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC), Macy’s Inc.
Contact: Daniel P Utt Tel: 513 579 6564
Email: dutt@kmklaw.com

Areas of Practice

  • Banking, Finance & Financial Services
  • Business Representation & Transactions
  • Commercial Finance & Reorganization
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation
  • Private Client Services
  • Real Estate


  • One East Fourth Street,
  • Suite 1400,
  • Cincinnati,
  • Ohio
  • USA
  • OH 45202
  • Tel +1 513 579 6400
  • Fax +1 513 579 6457
  • Email : info@kmklaw.com
  • Website : www.kmklaw.com

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Ohio

THE FIRM This firm stands out for his unique focus on mass tort bankruptcy and settlement trusts. It continues to be heavily involved in post-bankruptcy asbestos settlement trusts arising out of a series of Chapter 11 cases. The team also advises on out-of-court workouts and creditors' rights litigation, among other areas of specialism. Clients include Cintas, Fifth Third Bank and First Financial Bank.

Sources say: "I have been impressed by the understanding of the case by the lawyers - they understand the details better than I do."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Kevin Irwin is considered a "go-to guy" for asbestos settlement trusts work and mass tort bankruptcy proceedings. Sources agree that he is a smart and able practitioner who can be relied upon for quality representation.

Robert Sanker wins plaudits for his legal skills and highly pragmatic approach. "He is not only a subject matter expert, but also applies his knowledge in a practical way that assists us in our business."

Corporate/M&A - Ohio

THE FIRM This firm offers its clients skilled advice, detailed local knowledge and innovative strategies, according to highly enthusiastic interviewees. Highlights for the practice include advising Great American Financial Resources on the $295 million sale of its subsidiary to CIGNA Health. It also counts Duro Bag Manufacturing and Meridian Bioscience on its client roster.

Sources say: "A results-oriented and business-focused practice, intent on solving business problems and not over-lawyering deals."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Edward Steiner is a key lawyer in the transactional group and acted as a lead counsel on the Great American Financial Resources deal. He advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, including tax credit and private equity work. Sources were quick to point to his virtues, describing him as "clearly a leader, and extremely talented."

Robert Coletti is a partner who shines for his M&A prowess, in particular. Clients speak of his longtime experience and commercial ethos, praising his "subject matter expertise combined with practical insight."

Mark Reuter enjoys a rising profile for his high quality of work and for being excellent to deal with, according to sources. He has a long list of notable clients, including Fifth Third Bank and Multi-Color Corporation.

Gary Kreider is highly respected as one of the most senior figures at the Cincinnati Bar. He remains a leading partner in the firm and is recognized for his lengthy experience and know-how in securities regulatory and compliance work in particular.

Litigation - Ohio

THE FIRM This firm receives warm praise from market sources for its professional, client-oriented and result-driven service. Recent highlights for the practice include acting for Fifth Third Bank in a breach of fiduciary duty dispute and a securities class action. Other clients include Cincom Systems and American Financial Group.

Sources say: "They understand our business and business needs."

KEY INDIVIDUALS James Burke played a key role in the aforementioned matters for Fifth Third Bank. Sources speak admiringly of him as a "strong, widely respected litigator" and "one of the top business litigation attorneys in the state."

Michael Scheier is described as an "excellent lawyer who expresses professionalism at every turn." He is also a trial lawyer with notable experience in the courtroom.