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Jacob D. Rhode


Jacob Rhode assists clients with litigation and dispute resolution, helping develop and implement strategies to successfully resolve corporate disputes.

Jacob primarily works on complex commercial and financial services litigation and class actions, and also focuses on defending ERISA fiduciary duty and other related claims. He also has experience with contract and insurance disputes, fraud and business torts, and False Claims Act and qui tam litigation. Jacob is also a member of KMK’s Cybersecurity & Privacy team, and assists clients with related cybersecurity preparedness and breach issues.

Before graduating from law school, Jacob worked in the Legal Counsel's office of the Governor of Ohio, and as a judicial extern for Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor of the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Prior to joining KMK, Jacob practiced law with a commercial litigation boutique in Columbus, Ohio, where he represented clients in a variety of complex and high-stakes commercial disputes and class actions.

Representative Matters

  • Defended ERISA fiduciaries in 15-week bench trial against claims seeking over $200 million and arising under ERISA Sections 404, 405, and 406, resulting in a judgment for defendants on all claims
  • Defended putative class action alleging nuisance by client’s plant
  • Represented large financial institution in ERISA benefits dispute
  • Defended large financial institution against claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and negligence
  • Obtained successful judgment on behalf of financial institution lender in adversary proceeding that $1.7 million debt was non-dischargeable under 11 U.S.C. §523
  • Defended and helped successfully resolve putative nationwide class action against large insurance company related to policy terms and discounts
  • Defended institutional trustee against breach of trust claims
  • Represented large financial institution pursuing claims for breach of financing and guaranty agreements and defending counterclaims for breach of contract and violation of the duty of good faith and fair dealing
  • Represented owner of closely held corporation pursuing claims for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of close corporation agreement
  • Defended trustees and executors against RICO, breach of fiduciary duty and other state law claims

Awards & Recognitions

  • Named to Ohio Rising Stars, 2019


Speaking Engagements


Mentioned & Quoted

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Grow PBPO - Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio, Member
  • Oyler School, A.P. Hampton Mentoring Program
Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
One East Fourth Street
Suite 1400
Cincinnati OH 45202
TEL: (513) 579-6580
FAX: (513) 579-6457
Practice Areas

Blog Contributions

Bar & Court Admissions
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 2012, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Managing Editor Ohio State University Law Journal, Evidence Moot Court Team
  • Mini-M.B.A. Program, Miami University, 2016
  • B.A., Wheaton College, Illinois, 2009, cum laude