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Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL


Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL - Cincinnati
  • One East Fourth Street
  • Suite 1400
  • Cincinnati
  • Ohio
  • USA
  • OH 45202
  • Managing Partner: Paul V Muething
  • Executive Partner: Rachael A Rowe
  • Number of senior partners: 13
  • Number of partners: 63
  • Number of of counsel: 4
  • Number of associates: 27
  • Total number of attorneys: 107

Firm Overview:
Keating Muething & Klekamp (KMK Law®) is a Cincinnati-based law firm that represents clients of all sizes, from 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 on trust administration, including claims resolution
■Represented lender in $411m collateralized loan obligation transaction
Contact: John S Fronduti
Tel: 513 639 3958
Email: jfronduti@kmklaw.com
Contact: Robert G Sanker
Tel: 513 579 6587
Email: rsanker@kmklaw.com

23 partners; 3 of counsel; 8 associates
■Represented American Financial Group, Inc. in the sale of its Meridian 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 with a value of securities offered of $622m in the aggregate
■Represented client in a series of acquisitions of 16 entities for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $120m
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 publicly traded companies, 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 major brands’ trademark portfolios
Key Clients: Belcan Corporation, Cintas Corporation, Great American Insurance Co.; The Procter & Gamble Company, Gardner Denver, Inc.
Contact: J Michael Hurst
Tel: 513 562 1401
Email: mhurst@kmklaw.com
Contact: Cheryl S Scotney
Tel: 513 579 6942
Email: cscotney@kmklaw.com

Labor & Employment:
5 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 private corporation in a national class action lawsuit involving the FLSA 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

23 partners; 11 associates
KMK’s Litigation Group has an established reputation and a proven track record of representing publicly held and private businesses on a national and regional basis. The group handles matters in several areas including securities, ERISA, antitrust, wage and hour/employment discrimination, product liability/tort defense, real estate and other types of class action/MDL and commercial litigation. KMK’s E-Discovery/Litigation Support Group provides E-Discovery, litigation readiness and information governance services and solutions for both clients and other outside counsel law firms.
Key Clients: Cintas Corporation, Fifth Third Bank, General Electric, The Procter & Gamble Company
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; 1 associate
■KMK’s Private Client Services Group works closely with clients to develop creative and tax-efficient 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: Bill Keating, Jr
Tel: 513 579 6435
Email: wkeating@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 U Square, LLC in the $84m mixed-use retail development adjacent to the UC Campus. KMK’s public finance team helped to close this transaction incorporating TIF, Bonds and NMTCs, and also handled development and project leasing matters
 ■Represented 3CDC and dunnhumby USA, LLC in financing and development of new Cincinnati HQ building project
Key Clients: Al.Neyer, Inc., Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC), Macy’s Inc., dunnhumby USA, LLC
Contact: Daniel P Utt
Tel: 513 579 6564
Email: dutt@kmklaw.com

Areas of Practice

  • 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

What the team is known for Offers particular expertise in mass tort bankruptcy and settlement trusts. Maintains an impressive litigation practice.

Work highlights Represents Main Source Bank with regard to current loan defaults and workouts.

Represents the Tronox Tort Trust, which is facing personal injury and property damage claims.

Notable practitioners  

Kevin Irwin specializes in mass tort bankruptcy proceedings and elicits particular praise for his client service.

Robert Sanker is praised by sources who say he is "easy to work with" and "results-oriented and well respected, which brings credibility to a client before a judge." He is noted for his mass tort bankruptcy work, acting for clients including Eagle Pitcher Industries, Wallace and Gale, and G-I Holdings.

Significant clients Fifth Third Bank, Cintas, HillStreet Capital, New Growth Partners, American Financial Group.

Corporate/M&A - Ohio

What the team is known for Advises a broad base of clients including limited and general partnerships, limited liability companies and sole proprietorships. Extensive experience across a wide range of transactional and counseling matters including private placements, public offerings and securities work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very client-focused, service-driven and results-oriented. They have broad expertise in commercial matters such as those affecting our company. As one of the larger firms in Cincinnati, they are not merely regional in their presence but have national recognition in many areas of practice."

"They have been a great asset to us and have helped our company in more ways than I can tell you. The people are always helpful; they are there when you need them. They are a full-house law firm and provide all the services we need." 

Work highlights Advised on the $295 million cash sale of Great American's Medicare Supplemental and Critical Illness branch to CIGNA.

Represented Erba Diagnostics in its $6.5 million acquisition of Drew Scientific.

Notable practitioners  

One source considers Edward Steiner to be "the best corporate transaction legal adviser in the state," praising his "encyclopedic knowledge of Ohio and Delaware corporate law." Commentators praise his extensive transactional experience and note that he "is extremely focused and has a mind like a steel trap." 

Robert Coletti has a great deal of experience in areas such as joint ventures, initial public offerings and divestitures, and regularly advises startups and companies preparing to be acquired. One client remarks: "I am extremely impressed as he is practical, responsive, provides an excellent service and understands my business."

Brock Denton impresses those who have worked with him thanks to his efficient approach to transactions. He advises on domestic and international M&A and has good knowledge of franchising and antitrust matters.

Mark Reuter is highlighted as being "a very knowledgeable securities lawyer who is easy to work with." His practice spans a range of corporate matters, including follow-on equity offerings and M&A. Clients note that "he has a nice balance between his technical abilities and soft skills."

Gary Kreider is held out as a "superb lawyer" who draws on extensive experience in areas such as securities regulatory compliance and mergers and acquisitions. His clients include Comair, Duramed Pharmaceuticals and Multi-Color Corporation.

The "very responsive and technically strong" Bryan Jacobs is increasingly recognized for his corporate and securities law expertise. Clients note that "since very early in his career he has been able to deliver calm advice beyond his years; his research skills are top-notch."

Significant clients American Financial Group, Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation, AtriCure, Fifth Third Bank, Duro Bag Manufacturing.

Litigation - Ohio

What the team is known for Cincinnati-based team with a notable trial presence across the region and around the country. A reliable choice for complex and high-value cases.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"KMK's communication is excellent; it frequently updates clients on the progress of matters."

"The client service is excellent. KMK never involves more attorneys than a matter requires."

Work highlights Defending Cintas against sex discrimination claims by individuals and the EEOC in a case that is presently on appeal to the Sixth Circuit.

Notable practitioners  

James Burke brings 25 years of litigation experience to the firm, specializing in commercial and corporate disputes, with a particular emphasis on federal securities law. He is currently representing Cincom in complex litigation with creditors. 

Michael Scheier has notable strength in handling ERISA fiduciary duty claims, defending clients such as corporate directors. He is relied upon by an impressive list of well-known companies.

Significant clients American Financial Group, Belcan, GE, Great American Insurance.

Real Estate - Ohio

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.