Keating Muething & Klekamp Partner James E. Burke Receives John P. Kiely Professionalism Award

The Cincinnati law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK Law®) is pleased to announce that James E. Burke was awarded the John P. Kiely Professionalism Award by the Cincinnati Bar Association. The award recognizes a trial lawyer for possessing outstanding trial skills and demonstrating the highest degree of professionalism, civility, and ethical standards in his or her daily practice.

For more than 40 years, Burke has helped business clients succeed in all types of complex litigations. In the process, he has become one of an award winning, elite group of regional litigators who can deftly handle complex cases of all types including business, securities, and “Bet-the-Company” cases, and he has done so while upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, and civility.

Burke’s litigation practice focuses on complex corporate and commercial litigation, including both trial and appellate practice, in state and federal court. He has handled cases before courts in Ohio, Kentucky, California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Colorado, and Delaware. He has significant experience in financial and transactional cases, commercial matters, class and derivative actions, and actions arising under the federal securities laws. In 1997, Burke was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, membership in which is extended by invitation only to "experienced trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill as advocates and whose career has been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism and civility."

Burke has expanded his practice to handle mediations and arbitrations of the types of complex commercial and business cases that he has spent his career litigating. During his career, he has mediated hundreds of cases on both the plaintiff and defense sides; and he understands the nuances surrounding all types of complex business mediations, such as those involving securities, commercial disputes, merger and acquisitions, shareholder disputes, and complex contractual matters. Burke is certified in mediation by the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Cleveland Mediation Center.

Burke is known for his ability—largely due to his years of courtroom experience involving complex disputes—to succinctly assess and thoughtfully convey the risks and benefits for each side during each step in the mediation process. Burke is a practical, business-focused analyst who has worked for decades with some of the country’s most sophisticated businesspeople. He speaks their language when it comes to bringing both sides to the table to reach an innovative, successful agreement through mediation or arbitration.

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. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers® 2020 recognized KMK as a leading law firm in Ohio in Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions, Labor & Employment, and General Commercial Litigation. KMK Law earned five National Rankings in Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Project Finance Law and Venture Capital Law and 40 Metropolitan Rankings in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers publication of its 2021 “Best Law Firms” Report. Founded in 1954, KMK has approximately 130 lawyers and a support staff of 150 employees. Additional information is available at


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