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James E. Burke


For 40 years, Jim Burke has helped clients develop sound litigation strategies and execute on those strategies successfully to resolve corporate disputes.  Jim’s practice focuses on complex corporate and commercial litigation, including both trial and appellate practice, in state and federal court. He has handled cases before courts in Ohio, Kentucky, California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Colorado and Delaware. He has significant experience in financial and transactional cases, commercial matters, class and derivative actions and actions arising under the federal securities laws. In 1997, Jim was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, membership in which is extended by invitation only to "experienced trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill as advocates and whose career has been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism and civility."

Awards & Recognitions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2019
  • Named the "Cincinnati Best Lawyers' Corporate Law Lawyers of the Year," 2018
  • Named the "Cincinnati Best Lawyers' Securities Litigation Lawyer of the Year," 2012, 2014
  • Named the "Cincinnati Best Lawyers’ Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year," 2011, 2013, 2015
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, 2004-2018
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Named to Ohio Super Lawyers, 2004-2018; Named one of the Top 5 lawyers in Cincinnati, 2012. 2018; Named one of the Top 10 lawyers in Ohio, 2008-2010, 2018; Named one of the Top 100 lawyers in Ohio; 2007-2013, 2017, and one of the Top 50 lawyers in Cincinnati, 2005-2017
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named to Cincy Leading Lawyers, 2009-2018
  • Leadership Cincinnati, Class XXVIII
  • Potter Stewart American Inn of Court, Barrister


Mentioned & Quoted

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Mid-Term Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Federal Bar Association
  • United States District Court for Southern District of Ohio, Mediator
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Instructor and Cincinnati Steering Committee Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Supreme Court of Ohio, Commission on Continuing Legal Education, 1994-1995
  • Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford, Board of Trustees, 2006-2012
Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
One East Fourth Street
Suite 1400
Cincinnati OH 45202
TEL: (513) 579-6429
FAX: (513) 579-6457

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Practice Areas
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1978; magna cum laude; University of Cincinnati Law Review, Editorial Board, 1976-1978; Order of the Coif
  • B.A., Yale University, 1975