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Louis F. Gilligan

Senior Partner

Lou Gilligan focuses his practice in litigation and is a senior member of the Litigation Group. He has received professional distinctions in his litigation specialty by being named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (1985) and Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates (1989). Lou has been involved in many arbitration and mediation matters both as an advocate for a party or as "Arbitrator or Mediator." He has served as Special Master and Mediator for the United States District Court for the Southern Distrcit of Ohio. He has also represented individual attorneys and law firms as an expert witness on legal malpractice and attorney fees application matters. Lou has lectured in many legal seminars on a variety of subjects.

Lou has acted as General Counsel for KMK for over 25 years. In this capacity, he has dealt with legal ethics and conflicts of law issues involving the law firm and its lawyers, which number is in excess of 100 individuals. He has dealt with loss prevention issues in conjunction with the law firm's malpractice insurance carrier. He has also handled malpractice claims asserted against the firm and participated in the firm's defense, individually and with outside legal counsel.

Representative Matters

  • Represented as the sole attorney a certified class in excess of 1,000 members in a product liability personal injury lawsuit involving a defective medical device resulting in a $60 million settlement
  • Represents a large waste collection and landfill company in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana in all litigation matters, including accident and environmental claims
  • Represented defendant large public utility in environmental class action litigation
  • Class counsel in Cincinnati Styrene class action litigation
  • Represented defendant County and County officials in civil rights and negligence law violations class action litigation
  • Represented defendant companies and subsidiaries in personal injury and nuisance class action litigation
  • General defense counsel in multi-district litigation involving securities actions and bankruptcy proceedings
  • Represented partners of major accounting firm in a consolidated binding arbitration action
  • Represented plaintiffs in personal injury/product liability class action litigation which successfully concluded in multi-million dollar judgment
  • Represented approximately 1,000 plaintiffs in commercial consumer fraud class action litigation which resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement
  • Represented plaintiffs in first mass disaster tort case proceeding as a class action litigation which resulted in various jury verdicts and a multi-million dollar settlement (Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire)

Awards & Recognitions

  • John P. Kiely Professionalism Award, Cincinnati Bar Association, 2012
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Cincinnati College of Law Alumni Association, 2011
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 1989-2019
  • Named the "Cincinnati Best Lawyers’ Product Liability Litigation, Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year," 2011
  • Named the “Cincinnati Best Lawyers’ Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants Lawyer of the Year,” 2012
  • Named to Ohio Super Lawyers, 2004-2018
  • Named to Cincy Leading Lawyers
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell


Professional & Community Involvement

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Good Samaritan Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • University of Cincinnati School of Law, Dean's Board of Visitors
Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
One East Fourth Street
Suite 1400
Cincinnati OH 45202
TEL: (513) 579-6523
FAX: (513) 579-6457

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Practice Areas
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1968
  • B.S., University of Scranton, 1965