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James W. Thweatt, III


Jay Thweatt's practice is concentrated in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation for both for-profit and tax-exempt entities. He advises companies on the design, formation and operation of tax-qualified retirement plans (including cash balance and hybrid plans), nonqualified deferred compensation plans (including Code §§ 409A and 457 compliance), and welfare benefit plans (including compliance with the Affordable Care Act, COBRA, FMLA, and USERRA). He also has experience with ERISA fiduciary issues, including issues related to plan governance, prohibited transactions, and litigation matters.  He also advises clients on a variety of privacy matters, including compliance with HIPAA, GLBA, and FACTA. In the area of executive compensation, he assists clients with employment agreements, stock options and other equity-based compensation arrangements, and severance agreements. He frequently represents clients before the IRS and Department of Labor with respect to determination letter requests, voluntary correction submissions, and other employee benefit-related matters. Jay also has experience advising clients on employee benefit matters in connection with corporate transactions.

Prior to joining Keating Muething & Klekamp in 2006, Jay was an associate with the law firm of LeClair Ryan, PC in Roanoke, Virginia. 


Speaking Engagements


Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
One East Fourth Street
Suite 1400
Cincinnati OH 45202
TEL: (513) 579-6598
FAX: (513) 579-6457
Practice Areas

Blog Contributions

Bar & Court Admissions
  • Ohio
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 2002; with distinction
  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 1999
  • B.A., Hampden-Sydney College, 1995; magna cum laude