Lisa Wintersheimer Michel is the leader of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group. Her practice primarily involves all aspects of qualified retirement plans, including profit sharing plans, 401(k) plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and defined benefit plans, executive compensation matters (including Section 409A compliance) and welfare benefit plans for public companies, privately held companies, and not-for-profit entities. This includes compliance with laws including tax, labor, ERISA, Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), COBRA, HIPAA and other applicable laws, and administration and operation of all types of plans. She advises clients regarding fiduciary compliance matters, including prohibited transactions, vendor and insurance contract review, employee benefit plan claims and in matters involving the IRS, the DOL, and the PBGC. She provides advice on the design, drafting, and administration of traditional retirement plans, 401(k) plans and nonqualified executive pay plans. Lisa has worked extensively with employee benefit matters related to mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other corporate transactions. She also frequently lectures on qualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans. Lisa currently serves on the firm’s Board of Directors.

Professional and Community Involvement

Cincinnati Bar Association

Kentucky Bar Association

Northern Kentucky Bar Association

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Board Member

Ohio State Bar Association

CAIN (Churches Active in Northside), Board of Directors

Dress for Success Cincinnati, former Board of Directors

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Board of Advisors, Workforce Steering Committee

Northern Kentucky University Partnership Initiative, former Team Leader

Notre Dame Academy, former Member, Advisory Board

Summit Country Day School, former Board of Trustees

Xavier University Center for Women in Business and Leadership Advisory Board

YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, former Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, Racial Justice Committee, and Human Resources Committee

Awards & Recognition

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers

Named the "Cincinnati Best Lawyers’ Employee Benefits (ERISA) Lawyer of the Year," 2014, 2021

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2024

Named to Ohio Super Lawyers

Named to Ohio Leading Lawyers, 2024

Leadership Cincinnati, Class XXV

Cincinnati Business Courier's Forty Under 40, Class of 2002

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

News & Resources

Speaking Engagements



Blog Posts


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


J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1988, Law Review, President of Student Bar Association

B.A., Xavier University, 1985, magna cum laude

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