Keating Muething & Klekamp is a Cincinnati-based law firm
with specialties including bankruptcy, real estate, commercial
finance and employment and labor law. With the Keating Five scandal
decades past, the firm has prided itself on a community and
family-oriented outlook on practicing law.
Buckeye Business Law
Founded by brothers Charles and William Keating and friend John
Muething in 1954, Keating Muething & Klekamp has remained in
Cincinnati and built on its strengths in areas like litigation,
labor and employment, corporate transactions, and securities.
Recently, Chambers recognized KMK as a leading law firm in
Ohio in the practice areas of banking and finance,
bankruptcy/restructuring, corporate law and mergers and
acquisitions and general commercial litigation. In Cincinnati,
U.S. News rates many of KMK's practices as tier
1--including banking and finance, land use and zoning, commercial
litigation, corporate law, equipment finance law, family law, ERISA
litigation, real estate litigation, mergers and acquisitions,
municipal law and personal injury litigation, among others.
The firm's client roster sports a wide variety of industries,
including companies like AK Steel Corporation, American Financial
Group, Cintas Corporation, Delphi Corporation, Duke Energy Corp.,
Great American Financial, Macy's, Meridian Bioscience and the
Procter & Gamble Company, to name a few. The firm also
represents clients against buckeye state government entities-it
recently secured a state supreme court victory for a waste disposal
client challenging intervention by Colerain Township, for
Keating Five Legacy
If you were wondering, yes, it's that Keating. After
founding partner Charles Keating left the firm in the early 1970s
to work with the American Financial Corporation, he became a player
in the so-called Keating Five scandal, in which five U.S. senators
were accused of intervening on Keating's behalf after his
Lincoln Savings and Loan Association came under regulatory
investigation. Keating, who had donated liberally to those
senators' political campaigns and been in the political limelight
as an anti-pornography crusader, eventually served jail time after
being convicted of fraud, rackateering and conspiracy.
The Family's the Thing
Despite the savings and loan scandal taint, Keating Muething
describes itself as a "community-centered" and "family-focused"
firm, which strives to create a "close-knit, supportive" and
"family-like" work environment and camaraderie. The firm also seems
to prize collaboration and mentorship--as partner Jim Burke said
several decades ago, senior attorneys at the firm prize the moments
when "a young lawyer walks into" their office "and says, 'Hey, I've
got a problem.'" While the firm site promises that "going home to
your family at night is a priority" at the firm, they also take
responding to clients quickly and working with a sense of urgency.
Founding Partner Don Klekamp gives associates a standing offer: "If
you can't return a phone call within an hour, give it to me and
I'll return it."