Jim Kennedy practices in the Business Representation & Transactions Group. The focus of his practice is corporate, securities, and financing law, where he has extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures representing public corporations, their subsidiaries, and other entities. In his more than 34 years as an attorney for American Financial Group, Inc, its subsidiaries, and affiliates ("AFG"), he has overseen many acquisition and divestiture transactions in recent years with an aggregate transaction value in the billions of dollars. He has significant experience in initial and follow-on public offerings of securities and in representing issuers and investors in private placements of securities. He regularly advises clients on corporate governance, financing, compliance and litigation matters. After the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, he consolidated and managed the AFG Internal Audit and Investigative Services department.

Jim has performed professional legal services for clients such as AtriCure, Inc., American Financial Group, Axonics, Inc., Medpace Investors, Inc., and LSI Industries, Inc. Jim served AFG in various legal and executive and has been with KMK since 2012.

Representative Work

Represented American Financial Group, AtriCure, Inc. and other KMK clients in securities law compliance and financial transactions.

Professional and Community Involvement

Cincinnati Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Ohio Supreme Court Task Force on Commercial Dockets, 2006-2012

PreventionFIRST!, Board Member (2006-2018)

Awards & Recognition

Named the "Cincinnati Best Lawyers' Securities Regulation Lawyer of the Year", 2022

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2024

Named to Ohio Leading Lawyers, 2024

Named to Cincy Leading Lawyers, 2018-2023

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News & Resources



Blog Posts


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  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio


J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1976

B.B.A., University of Cincinnati, 1973

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