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James J. McGraw, Jr.


Jim McGraw is a Corporate Partner at Keating Muething & Klekamp. In addition, he is the President and Chief Executive Officer of KMK Consulting Company, LLC. His background is centered in business development, public utilities, insurance and healthcare organizations. His clients include national and international firms in the areas of real estate, financial services, energy, manufacturing and technology. He has been actively involved in business and related client consulting for 36 years.

Jim focuses on business formation and transactions, acquisitions and divestitures, along with a variety of related strategic work for clients which include corporate growth strategies, organizational design, leadership development, capital formation, public/private partnerships, performance benchmarking, transportation infrastructure development, strategic planning and implementation of programs to attract, retain and develop business. Jim has interacted with more than 3,000 CEOs and senior executives in the course of his work and has directed capital formation initiatives for clients totaling in excess of $600 million.

Jim is also a nationally recognized consultant in the area of economic development. He has represented corporations on a regional and national basis in the area of site selection and incentives structuring and negotiations with respect to the expansion and relocation of their facilities and workforce. Jim has worked in more than 120 cities and regions across the United States, helping community and business leaders design and build some of the country's leading economic development  projects and organizations. He has been instrumental in the growth of these initiatives in such markets as Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Worth, Honolulu, Irvine (CA), Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Memphis, Naples (FL), Omaha, Orlando, Phoenix, Rochester (NY), San Diego, San Francisco, Scottsdale, St. Louis, Tampa, Tucson and Washington, D.C. Previously, Jim was Regulatory Trial Counsel for the Cincinnati Gas & Electric Co. (Duke Energy), and served four years on active duty as Chief of Civil Law with the Air Force J.A.G. at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. 

Awards & Recognitions

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named Top 100 Attorneys of Influence in the U.S., Business Journals, 2018
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law and Economic Development, 2017-2019
  • Named Ohio Super Lawyer, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2013
  • Voices of Giving Award, Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council, 2014
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Notre Dame, 2003


Speaking Engagements

  • Corporate Welfare or Corporate Leadership? How Companies Grow Thier Communities While Earning Millions in Cost Savings, ALFA International - Scottsdale Conference, March 2, 2018
  • Urban Redevelopment Leadership and Solutions Keynote Speech, Springfield Ohio Community Foundation Annual Dinner, October 11, 2017
  • Uptown Cincinnati Innovation Corridor, Cincinnati Business Courier Real Estate Power Breakfast, May 16, 2017
  • Cincinnati Legal Update Seminar: The Competitive World of Economic Development Incentives, December 16, 2016
  • Organizing Leaders to Compete for Job Growth in Southeast Indiana, Dearborn County Leadership Forum, Ivy Tech, September 18, 2015
  • What's Up With Texas? Why is Toyota Relocating to Irvine?, The METS Center Conference, December 5, 2014
  • Making Leadership Your Community’s Number One Competitive Advantage, North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce Leadership Retreat, September 18, 2014
  • 2014 American Chamber of Commerce Executives Annual Conference, Community Economic Development Professionals Uniting As Best Of Class Sales Teams To Win More Deals, August 22, 2014
  • 2014 Tulsa Future’s Annual Meeting, CEO Leadership Influence In Driving Major Business Recruitment Projects And Their Creative Incentive Packages, August 22, 2014

Mentioned & Quoted

Professional & Community Involvement

  • International Economic Development Council
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Irish Angels
  • American Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Agenda 360, Co-Chair, Economic Competitiveness
  • BIO/START, Board of Directors
  • Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation, Board Member
  • Cincinnati Regional Tourism Network, Board of Directors
  • Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau, Chair, Board of Directors, Nominating Committee, Executive Committee
  • Cincinnati USA Partnership, Governing Board, 2004-2008
  • Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Aviation Committee
  • Athenaeum of Ohio, Advisory Board; Co-Chair, Estates & Trusts Committee
  • Cincinnati Reds Community Fund, Founding Trustee, Advisory Council
  • Greater Cincinnati United Way, Tocqueville Cabinet
  • Mercy Health Partners Foundation, Inc., Trustee, Chair, Nominating and Governance Committee, 2003-2009
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ohio Valley Chapter, Trustee, 1994-2006; Major Gifts Committee; Dinner of Champions Co-Chair
  • National Advisory Board for Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza School of Business
  • GIGOT Center, National Business Plan Competition, Judge and Mentor
  • Notre Dame Law Association, Member
  • Ursuline Academy of Cincinnati, Trustee, 1991-2004
  • Regional Business Alliance of Southwest Florida, Inc.
  • St. Vincent DePaul Society, Steering Committee
  • Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Advisory Council
  • Mayfield Education and Research Foundation (MERF), Board Member, Development Committee Chair
  • DePaul Cristo Rey High School, Development Committee Chair
  • Downtown Cincinnati, Inc., Board of Directors
  • City of Cincinnati, Job Creation Committee
  • Mercy Health, Cincinnati Region, Board Chair, Executive Committee, Strategy Committee
Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
One East Fourth Street
Suite 1400
Cincinnati OH 45202
TEL: (513) 579-6932
FAX: (513) 579-6457

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Practice Areas
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals
  • J.D., University of Akron School of Law, 1974; Editor, Law Review
  • B.B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1971