Fifty-Six Keating Muething & Klekamp Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2021

SEVEN KMK LAW ATTORNEYS NAMED CINCINNATI "LAWYER OF THE YEAR" BY BEST LAWYERS® AND FIVE KMK LAW ATTORNEYS NAMED TO 2021 BEST LAWYERS: ONES TO WATCH
08.20.2020

Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK Law®) congratulates the firm’s 56 attorneys included in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. 

Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America lists are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

Seven KMK Law attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers as “Lawyers of the Year”, a designation that reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

  • Joseph P. (Joe) Mellen was named the Best Lawyers 2021 Tax Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati.
  • Lisa Wintersheimer Michel was named the Best Lawyers 2021 Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati. 
  • William A. (Bill) Posey was named the Best Lawyers 2021 Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati.
  • F. Mark Reuter was named the Best Lawyers 2021 Securities Regulation “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati.
  • P. Andrew Spoor was named the Best Lawyers 2021 Public Finance Law  “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati.
  • Joseph L. (Joe) Trauth, Jr. was named the Best Lawyers 2021 Litigation - Land Use and Zoning “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati.
  • Daniel P. (Dan) Utt was named the Best Lawyers 2021 Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati.

Five KMK Law attorneys were included in the inaugural edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, which recognizes associates and other lawyers who are earlier in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence.

The list below includes the KMK attorneys recognized in the 2021 Best Lawyers in America publication, along with the year the attorney was first recognized and the practice areas for which each attorney is recognized. KMK Law also earned the "Top-Listed" in Cincinnati Award for both Corporate Law (12 lawyers listed) and Litigation - Real Estate (5 lawyers listed). This designation is given to the firm that has the most recognized lawyers in a particular location and practice area.

Brian M. Babb (2009)

  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation – Environmental

Ross J. Bextermueller (2021)

  • Corporate Law

Kasey L. Bond (2016)

  • Employment Law  – Management
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment

James H. (Jim) Brun (2016)

  • Trusts and Estates
  • Litigation – Trusts and Estates

James E. (Jim) Burke (2006)

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Litigation – Securities

Joseph M. (Joe) Callow, Jr. (2011)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation – Antitrust
  • Litigation – Banking and Finance
  • Litigation – ERISA

Michael T. Cappel (2020)

  • Commercial Litigation

Mark J. Chumley (2020)

  • Labor Law - Management
  • Employment Law - Individuals

Steven C. (Steve) Coffaro (2011)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation – Banking and Finance
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Litigation – Real Estate

Richard L. (Rich) Creighton, Jr. (2013)

  • Commercial Litigation

D. Brock Denton (2015)

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Alan S. Fershtman (2008)

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Tax Law

Louis F. (Lou) Gilligan (1989)

  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

Stephen M. (Steve) Goodson (2007)

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Drew M. Hicks (2021)

  • Commercial Litigation

Jonathan M. (Jon) Hiltz (2021)

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

J. Michael (Mike) Hurst (2014)

  • Trademark Law

Kevin E. Irwin (2001)

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Litigation – Bankruptcy

Daniel E. (Dan) Izenson (2012)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation – Construction
  • Litigation – Real Estate

 James M. (Jim) Jansing (2010)

  • Corporate Law
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law

James C. (Jim) Kennedy (2018)

  • Securities Regulation

Donald P. (Don) Klekamp (1995)

  • Corporate Law

Gary P. Kreider (1987)

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Kenneth P. (Ken) Kreider (2009)

  • Litigation – Real Estate
  • Real Estate Law

Margaret G. Kubicki (2020)

  • Trusts and Estates
  • Tax Law

Mary Ellen Malas (2020)

  • Family Law

James R. (Jim) Matthews (2013)

  • Insurance Law

Timothy B. (Tim) Matthews (2009)

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Venture Capital Law

Robert W. (Bob) Maxwell II (1997-98)

  • Employment Law – Management
  • Labor Law – Management
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment

James J. (Jim) McGraw, Jr. (2017)

  • Corporate Law
  • Economic Development Law

John F. Meisenhelder (2015)

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Joseph P. (Joe) Mellen (2018)

  • Tax Law

Lisa Wintersheimer Michel (2010)

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Michael J. (Mike) Moeddel (2012)

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law

Julie T. Muething (2020)

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Paul V. Muething (2007)

  • Corporate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law

Claire V. Parrish (2019)

  • Trusts and Estates

William A. (Bill) Posey (2011)

  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

F. Mark Reuter (2011)

  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation

Adrienne J. Roach (2013)

  • Family Law

Joseph P. (Joe) Rouse (2010)

  • Litigation – Trusts and Estates
  • Trusts and Estates

Rachael A. Rowe (2010)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Litigation – Securities

Robert G. (Bob) Sanker (2007)

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Litigation – Bankruptcy

Michael L. (Mike) Scheier (2015)

  • Commercial Litigation

Richard D. (Rick) Siegel (2012)

  • Venture Capital Law

Mark E. Sims (2001)

  • Tax Law

P. Andrew Spoor (2020)

  • Public Finance Law

Richard D. (Dick) Spoor (2008)

  • Municipal Finance Law

Kalman (Kal) Steinberg (2015)

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law

Thomas M. (Tom) Tepe, Jr. (2011)

  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation – Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation – Real Estate
  • Real Estate Law

Joseph L. (Joe) Trauth, Jr. (2007)

  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation – Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation – Real Estate
  • Real Estate Law

Daniel P. (Dan) Utt (2007)

  • Project Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law

Gregory M. (Greg) Utter (2007)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Mark J. Weber (2007)

  • Real Estate Law

Herbert B. (Herb) Weiss (1983)

  • Project Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law

Jill A. Weller (2016)

  • Environmental Law

About Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
The law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK Law®), based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a nationally-recognized law firm delivering sophisticated legal solutions to businesses of all sizes—from Fortune 50 corporations to start-up companies. KMK Law earned five National Rankings in Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Project Finance Law, and Venture Capital Law as well as 37 Metropolitan Rankings in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers publication of its 2020 “Best Law Firms” Report. Founded in 1954, KMK has 120 lawyers and a support staff of approximately 150 employees. Additional information is available at www.kmklaw.com.

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