James C. "Jim" Kennedy

James C. "Jim" Kennedy

Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL

Recognized since 2018

Cincinnati, Ohio

Practice Areas

Securities Regulation

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Securities Regulation
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Jim Kennedy practices in the Business Representation and Transactions Practice 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 advised AFG 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, Chiquita Brands International, Inc., Meridian Bioscience, Inc., Multi-Color Corporation, and National Interstate Corporation. Jim served AFG in various capacities and retired as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Secretary. As Secretary of AFG for more than 25 years, he served as the primary interface with AFG's independent board members and their committees.

  • One East Fourth Street, Suite 1400
    Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • University of Cincinnati, B.B.A., graduated 1973

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Securities Regulation
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Securities Regulation, Cincinnati (2022)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:
  • Securities Regulation
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law


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