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Richard L. Creighton, Jr.

Senior Partner

Rich Creighton is an AV rated trial attorney. His current practice is concentrated in general civil litigation, with particular emphasis on complex commercial, antitrust and tort litigation, including class actions. Over the past 20 years, he has served as lead plaintiffs class counsel in several class action cases, including antitrust price-fixing, fraud and consumer rights actions.

In the business law arena, he has successfully represented a wide variety of clients in business tort, contract, fraud, and intellectual property (copyright and patent) cases. In the area of computer software, Rich served as general counsel to Rippe & Kingston Systems, Inc., which developed and markets law firm management software throughout the United States. Rich is also recognized for his experience in counseling clients and serving as trial counsel in matters involving libel, invasion of privacy and related First Amendment disputes. A licensed instrument rated private pilot, he has successfully represented numerous clients in aviation related matters, including aviation crash cases and administrative proceedings before the Federal Aviation Administration. Prior to joining Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable John W. Peck, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


  • Montgomery Air Crash Litigation where, as co-lead counsel for plaintiffs, a verdict of $1.6 million was obtained on behalf of the victims of an airplane crash
  • Dun & Bradstreet Credit Services Customer Litigation where, as one of several lead counsel, a settlement of $19 million was obtained on behalf of over 1,000 business customers
  • Thrope v. Ohio where, as lead counsel, a settlement of over $6.0 million was obtained on behalf of a class of over 500,000 Ohio citizens for violations of the ADA
  • KDI v. Weinstein, a securities fraud case which arose in the context of a hostile takeover attempt
  • Connaughton v. Harte-Hanks – defense of a newspaper and its employees in a libel case
  • New Steel Drums Antitrust Litigation and Steel Pails Antitrust Litigation (Cincinnati) in which settlements totaling $14.0 million were achieved
  • Residential Door Antitrust Litigation (Philadelphia) – settlements totaling in excess of $15.0 million
  • Graphite Electrodes Antitrust Litigation (Philadelphia) – settlements totaling in excess of $134.0 million
  • Flat Glass Antitrust Litigation (Pittsburgh) – settlements totaling in excess of $120 million
  • Carbon Fiber Antitrust Litigation (Los Angeles) – settlements totaling in excess of $168 million
  • Automotive Refinishing Paint Antitrust Litigation (Philadelphia) – settlements of in excess of $105 million
  • Extruded Graphite Antitrust Litigation (Philadelphia) – settlement in excess of $8.0 million
  • Labelstock Antitrust Litigation (Scranton) – settlements in excess of $46.0 million
  • OSB Antitrust Litigation (Philadelphia) – settlements in excess of $20.0 million
  • Defense of the recording artist “Prince” in a copyright infringement case in Cincinnati
  • Defense of Stewart Film Screen Company in a patent case in Indianapolis
  • Representation of world class recording artist (piano) Peter Donahoe for injuries sustained to his hand in an Cincinnati hotel
  • Defense and settlement of two multiple fatality truck accidents in Missouri and Texas

Awards & Recognitions


Professional & Community Involvement

  • Board on The Unauthorized Practice of Law of the Supreme Court of Ohio, Board Member, 2017-2021
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Grievance Committee
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Potter Stewart American Inn of Court
  • American Bonanza Society, Member
  • Cincinnati Athletic Club, President (2010) and Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Experimental Aircraft Association, Member
  • LifeLine Pilots, Volunteer Pilot
Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
One East Fourth Street
Suite 1400
Cincinnati OH 45202
TEL: (513) 579-6513
FAX: (513) 579-6457

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Practice Areas

Blog Contributions

Bar & Court Admissions
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • J.D., St. Louis University School of Law, 1973; Editorial Board of Law Review, cum laude
  • B.A., Xavier University, 1970; cum laude