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Year founded: 1954
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Overview

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The KMK Approach to the Practice of Law

Keating Muething & Klekamp (KMK Law®) is a nationally recognized law firm of approximately 120 lawyers in Cincinnati, Ohio. While we have primarily built our reputation in the tri-state area, including Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, our unwavering client-first approach has helped us extend our reach to include the entire nation.

We view each client's legal issues through the lens of CEO or business owner—finding efficient solutions for problems and developing strategies for the future. Our entrepreneurial approach allows us to help our clients move their businesses forward and to develop recommendations that are efficient, effective, and economical, all while keeping our clients' best interests at the forefront.

Specifically, we offer:

  1. Experience: In today’s connected world, location has become increasingly irrelevant. Great legal minds seek to live where they can achieve the best quality of life, while still producing top-level legal work for clients. For example, our firm includes several highly successful attorneys who left New York firms to return to Cincinnati. This deep bench and our collaborative work environment helps us provide unmatched legal counsel for our clients.
  2. Responsiveness: We’ll get back to you, sometimes within minutes. We understand the importance of responding to our clients’ inquiries in a timely manner and providing common-sense solutions without “overlawyering.” We take time upfront to develop a basic understanding of our clients’ strategic business plans, so we can provide fast, practical solutions to many legal problems.
  3. Likeability: We value our clients—and we genuinely enjoy working with them—so we strive to become an integral part of their team. In part, we’ll base our counsel on your company’s culture, not just your legal issue, and we’ll do our best to build a legal team with personalities that mesh well with your team to create a cohesive, efficient working relationship. All of the partners and associates at KMK Law take an entrepreneurial approach in their work, which has helped make KMK one of the most successful full-service law firms in Greater Cincinnati.

Our Office

KMK retains one location in downtown Cincinnati, a deliberate decision made to enhance our ability to pool talents and resources to better serve clients and to provide increased value to our clients by maintaining relatively low overhead costs.

One Office By Choice: We are often asked how we can compete with multi-city, multi-office law firms for sophisticated legal work in the region and around the country. The answer: quite well. Multiple offices equate to higher overhead costs, which are passed through to clients in the form of higher billing rates. At KMK, we have all of our personnel in one office allowing us to work collaboratively as a team to achieve the best results for our clients – which translates to lower billing rates compared to most other firms.

Rather than invest in bricks and mortar office space, KMK invests in technology – virtual offices, proprietary extranet capabilities, and technologies which make us more efficient and allow us to communicate with clients very effectively and with less paper and less wasted resources. We travel across the country and internationally whenever needed, and we maintain lower costs and bridge distances through the effective use of technology. Our clients agree that KMK provides the same or better quality service as "big city," multi-office law firms, at rates that our clients appreciate. KMK: Sophisticated Practice at Midwest Cost.

The People Within

KMK excels as a law firm by recruiting and retaining the best and brightest attorneys and personnel. We believe a strong law firm evolves from having a team of individuals who have varied interests and diverse social, ethnic and political backgrounds – and who can offer wide-ranging perspectives to clients.

KMK maintains a close-knit, energetic, and supportive environment, just some of the reasons so many KMK attorneys and employees have made this firm their home for years. Our high retention rate and camaraderie help us deliver top-quality service and excellent results to clients. Making a real and direct impact on the communities we serve, a tradition passed on from our founders, remains important at KMK. Our firm financially supports more than 150 local charities, schools, and civic organizations each year.

Rankings

Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL is nationally ranked in 4 practice areas and metro ranked in 37 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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National Rankings

Tier 3
Tier 3 for Corporate Law
Tier 3 for Land Use and Zoning Law
Tier 3 for Project Finance Law
Tier 3 for Venture Capital Law

Metro Rankings

Cincinnati
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 1 for Bet-the-Company Litigation
Tier 1 for Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation

About Our Clients

AK Steel Corporation, Al. Neyer, Inc., American Financial Group, Inc., AtriCure, Inc., Belcan Corporation, Budig Enterprises, Inc., Cintas Corporation, Cognis Corporation, Corporex Cos., Inc., Delphi Corporation, Duke Engery Corp., F&M Mafco, Inc., Fifth Third Bank, First Financial Bank, GE Aviation, General Cable Corporation, Great American Financial Resources, Inc., Great American Insurance Co., Infinity Property & Casualty Corporation, Kendle International Inc., LSI Industries Inc., Macy's, Inc., Medpace, Inc., Meridian Bioscience, Inc., Modern Office Methods, The Procter & Gamble Co., Rumpke Cos., Inc., Sam's Club, Towne Properties, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Select Clients

  • Al. Neyer, LLC
  • American Financial Group, Inc.
  • Belcan Corporation
  • Chiquita Brands International, Inc.
  • Cintas Corporation
  • FC Cincinnati
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Great American Insurance Co.
  • Great American Life Insurance Co.

Highlighted Client Comments

All client comments represent the opinions of the people who provided them. All potential clients are urged to remember that no two cases are ever completely alike and that the result in one case does not guarantee a similar result in another case.
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Attorneys are Keating Muething & Klekamp are responsive, authoritative and reasonably priced.
Real Estate Law
Attorneys at Keating Muething & Klekamp understand that deals generally need to happen. They represent very well the obstacles and issues to clients but do not get bogged down in the uncritical details. They see the very big picture and are deal focused.
Banking and Finance Law
The finance lawyers at Keating Muething & Klekamp are incredibly responsive and always make us feel like our deals are the highest priority. KMK has spent significant (non-billable) time learning our business and its needs and goals. The cost is at least 50% less than New York firms for comparable quality and better service.
Litigation - Real Estate
Keating Muething & Klekamp is an extremely qualified group, from a knowledge base as well as for execution. We have been through multiple litigation proceedings, as well as multiple run ups to proposed litigation, and they are a very, very solid team to work with. I would recommend them highly.
Gene Slageter, Jr. – Global Corporate Services America
Corporate Law
As a former general counsel (interim) of a large publicly traded Fortune 500 company and a former CEO of a smaller publicly traded company who has worked with Keating, Muething and Klekamp for almost 40 years, I can state unequivocally that KMK has the expertise to handle whatever need arises and that they will handle it in an extremely cost-effective and professional manner.
Chris Hewett – Aspen Development Group
Municipal Law
Everyone we have worked with from Keating Muething & Klekamp have been very professional and knowledgeable. They are responsive and we place significant trust in their work product. Anyone who chooses them to represent them is making a wise choice.
Thomas Fromme – City of Newport
Corporate Law
Keating Muething & Klekamp helped support the ownership and management of FC Cincinnati win an MLS expansion bid, beating the odds to bring a third Major League franchise to the Queen City. The level of complexity was enormous, including public finance, private equity, government relations, contract, business development, stadium design and construction and more. KMK was a great partner and helped us overcome every challenge. Without KMK, not sure we would be here as a the 24th team in Major League Soccer.
Jeff Berding – FC Cincinnati
Trademark Law
Keating Muething & Klekamp offers world-class trademark work from a regional firm. They have very impressive experience, which is made even more impressive by their cost-effectiveness. I can whole-heartedly recommend their trademark department. This team is ably led by Mike Hurst, who offers both law firm and in-house experience and always delivers a superior product.
Banking and Finance Law
James Jansing at Keating Muething & Klekamp has led our financing process a number of times during the last 10 years. He has provided excellent advice, leadership and oversight at all times. Mr. Jansing has excellent business skills and has gone the extra mile to understand our business. His experience in deals makes him an invaluable asset to our company.
Dennis Berning – The Regis Investment Company
Labor Law - Management
Keating Muething & Klekamp provides timely and well thought out advice and employment law strategies.
David Bente – Ferno Washington, Inc.
Employment Law - Management
Keating Muething & Klekamp has knowledgeable Employment Law professionals with a sense of urgency regarding their customer's needs.
David Bente – Ferno Washington, Inc.
Real Estate Law
Mark Weber of Keating Muething & Klekamp has provided his expertise for many of our real estate acquisitions. He understands the value of finishing a deal, but has always taken the time to understand our needs and deal requirements. His vision and overall understanding of the real estate industry has been key to our company's growth and success.
Dennis Berning – The Regis Investment Company
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
My experiences with Keating Muething & Klekamp as a firm have been excellent. We use Keating Muething & Klekamp on most general corporate matters as well as mergers and acquisitions. Their breadth of expertise and responsiveness are excellent, and their legal advice is both sound and practical. Their fees are reasonable and in line with the value of the services.
Bryan Baldasare – Meridian Bioscience, Inc.
Litigation - Labor and Employment
Keating Muething & Klekamp has a sound approach.
Corporate Law
Keating Muething & Klekamp has always offered sound advice and counsel. They take a very pragmatic approach to matters, identifying key deal points that must be considered while not getting hung up on non-essential items in a contract.
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Keating Muething & Klekamp is always responsive to our needs and willing to work whatever hours are necessary to move deals forward.
Andy Wade – AtriCure Inc.
Insurance Law
Keating Muething & Klekamp has been very important to the effective administration of an asbestos trust that I have the responsibility to administer. The attorneys are responsive and have expertise for all the day-to-day and unique issues that arise in this complicated area. I cannot say enough about the importance of their input and advice for the effective administration that involves thousands of claimants with serious injury claims.
Commercial Litigation
Keating Muething & Klekamp has helped a client of mine for many years in protracted litigation. They were successful at each level of trial and appeal and have done a wonderful job. The attorneys kept me informed at every turn. I appreciated their service and I highly recommend them.
Real Estate Law
James Jansing of Keating Muething & Klekamp is our corporate counsel. He is very professional and competent. Additionally, if we have a matter requiring legal expertise that is outside of his specialty or can be done more cost effectively, he refers us to the appropriate person at their firm. Mark weber has executed several real estate transactions for our company. He, too, has been very professional and competent.

Rankings

National Rankings

Tier 3
Tier 3 for Corporate Law
Tier 3 for Land Use and Zoning Law
Tier 3 for Project Finance Law
Tier 3 for Venture Capital Law

Regional Rankings

Cincinnati
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 1 for Bet-the-Company Litigation
Tier 1 for Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 1 for Family Law
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 1 for Land Use and Zoning Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Banking and Finance
Tier 1 for Litigation - Bankruptcy
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 1 for Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Tier 1 for Litigation - Real Estate
Tier 1 for Litigation - Securities
Tier 1 for Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Tier 1 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Tier 1 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Tier 1 for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Tier 1 for Project Finance Law
Tier 1 for Public Finance Law
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tier 1 for Securities Regulation
Tier 1 for Tax Law
Tier 1 for Trusts and Estates
Tier 1 for Venture Capital Law
Tier 2 for Employment Law - Individuals
Tier 2 for Labor Law - Management
Tier 2 for Litigation - Construction
Tier 2 for Municipal Law
Tier 2 for Trademark Law
Tier 3 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 3 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Project Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation
  • Tax Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Venture Capital Law

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL has 52 lawyers recognized for individual performance in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. By receiving this Best Lawyers recognition from their peers for their professional excellence, these lawyers made Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL eligible for evaluation for Best Law Firms rankings. For almost two decades, Best Lawyers has awarded these singular accolades, making them the foundation of our Best Law Firms awards. Read more about our Best Lawyers process here.
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Client Comments

All client comments represent the opinions of the people who provided them. All potential clients are urged to remember that no two cases are ever completely alike and that the result in one case does not guarantee a similar result in another case.
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Demographics

Partners
Male: 48
Female: 15
Hispanic / Latinx: 1
White / Caucasian: 62
LGBTQIA+: 1
Of Counsel (but not partners)
Male: 2
Female: 4
White / Caucasian: 6
Associates
Male: 19
Female: 10
Black / African American: 1
White / Caucasian: 27
Multi-Racial: 1
Other Lawyers
Male: 17
White / Caucasian: 17
Attorney Management / Department Heads
Male: 8
Female: 3
White / Caucasian: 11
Paralegals
Male: 2
Female: 22
White / Caucasian: 24
Non-Legal Employees
Male: 20
Female: 69
American Indian / Alaskan Native: 1
Black / African American: 2
White / Caucasian: 84
Persons with Disabilities: 1

Awards

Awards are self-reported by firms and are not verified by the Best Law Firms rankings.
  • Named a Leading Law Firm by Chambers USA

Main Location

Cincinnati, OH
One East Fourth Street, Suite 1400
Cincinnati, OH 45202
United States
513-579-6400 Call our Cincinnati, OH location at 513-579-6400 Get Directions Get directions to our Cincinnati, OH location

Management and Personnel

Managing Partner
Alan S. Fershtman
Executive Director
David A. Custer
Chairman of the Board
Paul V. Muething

Contacts

Real Estate
Daniel P. Utt
Private Client Services
Joseph P. Rouse
Private Client Services
Adrienne J. Roach
Labor & Employment
Kasey L. Bond
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Lisa Wintersheimer Michel
Commercial Finance
James M. Jansing
Bankruptcy & Reorganization
Robert G. Sanker
Business Representation & Transactions
James M. Jansing
Business Representation & Transactions
Robert C. Lesan III
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