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Lisa Wintersheimer Michel


Lisa Wintersheimer Michel is the leader of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group.  Her practice primarily involves all aspects of qualified retirement plans, including profit sharing plans, 401(k) plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and defined benefit plans, executive compensation matters (including Section 409A compliance) and welfare benefit plans for public companies, privately held companies, and not-for-profit entities. This includes compliance with laws including tax, labor, ERISA, Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), COBRA, HIPAA and other applicable laws, and administration and operation of all types of plans. She advises clients regarding fiduciary compliance matters, including prohibited transactions, vendor and insurance contract review, employee benefit plan claims and in matters involving the IRS, the DOL, and the PBGC. She provides advice on the design, drafting, and administration of traditional retirement plans, 401(k) plans and nonqualified executive pay plans. Lisa has worked extensively with employee benefit matters related to mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other corporate transactions. She also frequently lectures on qualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans. She currently serves on the firm’s Board of Directors. Lisa was named by Best Lawyers in America as the 2014 "Lawyer of the Year" in Employee Benefits Law in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Awards & Recognitions

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers
  • Named the "Cincinnati Best Lawyers’ Employee Benefits (ERISA) Lawyer of the Year," 2014
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2019
  • Named to Ohio Super Lawyers
  • Leadership Cincinnati, Class XXV
  • Cincinnati Business Courier's Forty Under 40, Class of 2002


Speaking Engagements

  • The Antioch Company ESOP: Teachings From a Complex ESOP Litigation Case, NCEO Employee Ownership Conference 2017
  • Complying with New FLSA Overtime Requirements, KMK Law, 2016
  • Socially Responsible Investments for the ERISA Plan Fiduciary, University of Cincinnati College of Law 29th Annual Corporate Law Symposium, March 18, 2016
  • Critical Concepts & Powerhouse Plays for Retirement Plan Sponsors Presented by Barnes Dennig, "Plan Audits and Fiduciary Updates", June 12, 2014
  • Strategic Employee Benefit Services of Cincinnati, "How to Survive Department of Labor Audits", February 13, 2014

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Professional & Community Involvement

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association
  • Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Board Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • CAIN (Churches Active in Northside), Board of Directors
  • Dress for Success Cincinnati, former Board of Directors
  • Northern Kentucky University Partnership Initiative, former Team Leader
  • Notre Dame Academy, former Member, Advisory Board
  • Summit Country Day School, former Board of Trustees
  • YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, former Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, Racial Justice Committee, and Human Resources Committee
Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
One East Fourth Street
Suite 1400
Cincinnati OH 45202
TEL: (513) 579-6462
FAX: (513) 579-6457

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Bar & Court Admissions
  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1988; Law Review, President of Student Bar Association
  • B.A., Xavier University, 1985; magna cum laude