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Robert E. Coletti

Retired Partner Emeritus*

Bob Coletti's practice was concentrated in the corporate, securities and financing areas where he has had extensive experience in forming joint ventures, initial public offerings of securities, and mergers, acquisitions and divestitures representing both public and closely-held corporations before he retired in 2016. A partner with the firm from 1988 to 2016, he had supervised a transaction team that had overseen more than 300 acquisition and divestiture transactions with an aggregate transaction value in the billions of dollars. Bob also served in a general counsel capacity for several firm clients and had represented funds, investment partnerships and individuals in private equity investments and venture capital based transactions.

Bob has advised clients such as Cintas Corporation, American Financial Group, Chiquita Brands International Corporation, Meridian Bioscience, Orchard Holdings Group, Property Advisors Corporation, Summer Hill Partners, Loth, Inc., John Tisdel Distributing, Gilligan Oil Company, Klosterman Baking Co. and KPS Special Situations Fund.

*Retired as a partner from KMK and performing pro bono legal work under Gov. Bar R. VI(8), Bob was the first Ohio attorney registered as an Emeritus Pro Bono Attorney through the Ohio Supreme Court. Bob's Emeritus Pro Bono status is through an affiliation with the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati.


  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity/Venture Capital
  • Start-Ups and Growth Companies
  • Business Consulting

Awards & Recognitions

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, 2007-2017
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2017
  • Named to Ohio Super Lawyers, 2004-2016
  • Cincinnati Business Courier's Forty Under 40, Class of 1995
  • Leadership Cincinnati, Class XXI


Professional & Community Involvement

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cintas Corporation, Board of Directors
  • Hamilton County Republican Party, Executive Committee Chairman (2008-2015); Finance Committee (1998-present)
  • Miami University Board of Trustees (2014-present)
  • Miami University Foundation, Trustee (2006-2012), Chairman of the Board (2010-2012)
  • Drake Center, Inc. (Drake Hospital), Trustee (2005-2014)
  • Coalition for a Drug Free Greater Cincinnati, Trustee (2002-2012)
  • Taft Museum of Art, Trustee (2002-2008)
  • Vision Quest, Trustee (2001-2008)
  • Stepping Stones Center, Trustee (1988-2000)
  • Archbishop Moeller High School, Trustee, Athletic Cabinet, Capital Campaign Chair (2001-2008)
  • Fine Arts Fund, Campaign Cabinet, Chair, Special Gifts (2002-2007)
  • Summit Country Day School, Trustee (1996-2002)
  • Catholic Innercity Schools Education (CISE) Committee, High School Scholarship Selection Committee (2004-present)
  • SEED School of Cincinnati (Founding Committee)
Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
One East Fourth Street
Suite 1400
Cincinnati OH 45202
TEL: (513) 579-6560
FAX: (513) 579-6457

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Bar & Court Admissions
  • Ohio, Emeritus Pro Bono Status
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1982; Order of the Barristers
  • B.S., Miami University, 1979; Business, with honors