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 example.

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."

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Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL

One East Fourth Street
Suite 1400
Cincinnati, OH 45202-3752
Phone: (513) 579-6400
Fax: (513) 579-6457


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Paul V. Muething
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 108

  • Base Salary

    1st year: $105,000
    Summer associate: $1,850/week

  • Major Departments & Practices

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

Major Office Locations

  • Cincinnati, OH

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