Joe Mellen's practice is concentrated in the estate and succession planning and estate and trust administration areas. He also has extensive experience in the taxation and commercial transaction areas, with an emphasis on corporations, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial transaction structuring issues. Prior to joining Keating Muething & Klekamp, Joe was associated with an international certified public accounting firm. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Colombia as an Economics and Business consultant and has been an active participant as lecturer and moderator of taxation and corporate law seminars. 

Professional and Community Involvement

Certified Public Accountant, Ohio (Retired)

Cincinnati Bar Association, Member, Former Member of Legacy Society (Planned Giving Advisory); past Chair, Taxation Committee

Cincinnati Bar Foundation, Trustee, 1999-2005

Purdy Foundation Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation, DAF Grant's Committee

Southwestern Ohio Tax Institute, former Chair

Xavier University, Alumni Board of Governors, former Member

Pro-Bono Partnership of Cincinnati, Volunteer Attorney

Awards & Recognition

Named the "Cincinnati Best Lawyers' Tax Law Lawyer of the Year," 2021

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2024

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Named to Ohio Leading Lawyers, 2024

  • Best Lawyers - JPM 2021
  • Best Lawyers (Don't Delete)
  • Peer Review (Don't Delete)

News & Resources


  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court


J.D., University of Toledo College of Law, 1977

B.S., Xavier University, 1971

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