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Michael T. Cappel


Mike Cappel’s practice is concentrated in the area of litigation, with a focus on commercial litigation, tort defense, and appellate practice.  He also has experience in personal injury litigation, wrongful death litigation, employer intentional tort litigation, real estate and construction litigation, and environmental litigation.

He has represented private companies, public companies, financial institutions, and individuals in a variety of legal matters, including corporate and partnership disputes, zoning disputes, fraud claims, breach of contract claims, and insurance disputes.  Mike has litigated cases within federal and state courts, state appellate courts, and private and court-sponsored mediation and arbitration throughout the country, including Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Texas.

Prior to joining Keating Muething & Klekamp in 2007, Mike served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mark P. Painter in the Ohio First District Court of Appeals. Mike earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 2005.  While in law school, Mike was a fellow with the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Institute for Justice/Ohio Innocence Project and served on the editorial board for the University of Cincinnati Law Review.  He earned his B.A. from St. Louis University, magna cum laude, in 2002.

Reported Decisions

Awards & Recognitions

  • Named to Ohio Rising Stars
  • United Way, Board Orientation & Leadership Development Program, 2016
  • Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's C-Change Program, Class VI, 2014
  • College Hill Forum, John Weiser Community Service Award, 2013
  • Community Development Corporation of Greater Cincinnati, Most Outstanding CDC Volunteer Award, 2012
  • Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce's C-Change Program, 2011


Professional & Community Involvement

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • College Hill Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation, Board President, 2008-present
  • Cincinnati Neighborhood Business Districts United, College Hill Representative, 2008-present, Board Member, 2016-present
  • Community Development Corporations Association of Greater Cincinnati, Board Member, 2015-present
  • City of Cincinnati Task Force for Innovative Community Development Funding, Member, 2014
  • City of Cincinnati Community Development Advisory Board, 2015-present
Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
One East Fourth Street
Suite 1400
Cincinnati OH 45202
TEL: (513) 639-3963
FAX: (513) 579-6457
Practice Areas
  • Ohio First District Court of Appeals, 2005-2007
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 2005
  • B.A., St. Louis University, 2002; magna cum laude