- Admiralty and Maritime Law
- Class Actions
- Commercial Law
- Commercial Lending and Workouts
- Commercial Litigation
- Commercial Real Estate
- Construction Law
- Contract Disputes
- Criminal Defense
- Domestic Relations
- Elder Law And Medicaid Planning
- Employment Law
- Environmental Law
- Estate Planning, Wills, and Trusts
- Franchise Law
- Government Contracts
- Insurance Coverage
- Insurance Litigation
- Long Term Care/ Nursing Home Defense
- Medical Malpractice
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Municipal And Government Law
- Personal Injury
- Premises Liability
- Private and Family-Owned Businesses
- Private Dispute Resolution
- Probate, Estate, and Trust Administration
- Product Liability
- Professional Liability
- Residential Real Estate
- Transportation Law
- Worker’s Compensation
The history of Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis runs deep in the Cincinnati community, dating back to the 1930s, when August A. Rendigs, Jr. and recent graduate William H. Fry became acquainted. Their friendship was interrupted when William left to serve in World War II. Following his four years of service, William returned to Cincinnati and entered into a legal partnership with August. On January 1, 1946, in what was then known as the Union Central Building in downtown Cincinnati, the firm of Rendigs and Fry was officially formed.
Three years later, John A. Kiely, widely recognized as one of the area’s finest trial lawyers but often on the opposing side, was asked by Rendigs and Fry to become a partner of the firm. Upon his acceptance of their offer in 1949, the firm changed its name to Rendigs, Fry & Kiely.
In 1948, Robert Dennis joined the firm as an associate. His strong work ethic, advocacy of the firm’s expansion into other areas of law, and dedication to the bar association and community activities propelled him forward. He quickly climbed the ranks and was made partner. At that time, the firm became Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis, a name known for quality legal services ever since.
Our founders and those who joined the firm in its early years ensured its adaptability and shaped its future. August Rendigs, Jr., William Fry, John Kiely, and Bob Dennis were much more than talented attorneys. They were engaging, bright, warm individuals with great integrity and respect for the people who comprised their firm. The Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis of today is the product of the strong foundation laid by these mentors and friends.
Don’s practice focuses on civil litigation in the area of medical defense litigation, transportation, maritime and wrongful death and injury. He defends hospitals, corporations, nursing homes, and physicians. He counsels clients on risk management and quality assurance matters.
Jeff’s estate planning practice involves the representation of clients on a wide range of matters, including issues such as probate avoidance, creating distribution plans for minor children and/or disabled individuals, and drafting documents to accomplish the client’s objectives upon their disability or death.
Karen’s practice focuses primarily in the area of medical malpractice defense. She has a B.S. in Nursing and has extensive experience defending hospitals, extended care facilities, physicians, dentists, nurses, and allied health care providers in medical malpractice and wrongful death claims.
Mike’s practice is focused on civil litigation. He has extensive experience representing clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts including: • Product liability actions defending manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and retailers • Trucking and transportation matters involving personal injury, wrongful death, and carriage of freight; • Commercial and corporation litigation including breach of contract, unfair competition, shareholder disputes and buy-outs; • Professional negligence litigation (accountant negligence, medical and health care negligence, wrongful death suits, and professional licensing board matters); • Defending self-insured companies, insurance companies and their insureds against liability and coverage claims • Personal injury and wrongful death litigation; • Construction litigation; and • Probate litigation (will contests, trust-related disputes and declaratory judgment litigation).
James’ practice focuses on litigation, with an emphasis on construction law, employment law, civil rights, and professional liability. Beginning with his federal courtship, James has substantial experience with federal court cases, at the trial court and appellate levels. James is often called upon within the office and by referring counsel to prepare and argue appellate briefs.
Tom has an active practice defending hospital and healthcare providers in southern Ohio and throughout the state of Colorado. Tom’s practice focuses on the representation of physicians, nurses, hospitals and other healthcare providers in actions involving allegations of professional malpractice. Tom is a trial lawyer who defends healthcare professionals state and federal Courts located in Colorado, Ohio, and Kentucky in cases that involve catastrophic adult, fetal, neonatal injuries and wrongful death.
Megan practices with the firm’s general litigation team, serving clients across Kentucky and Ohio in a variety of state and federal legal matters. With extensive experience in employment law, civil rights, products liability, contract disputes, compliance, and criminal defense, just to name a few, Megan is a great asset to Rendigs’ skilled legal team. Megan is a Northern Kentucky native and proud parent of two rescue dogs, Pete and Birdie.
Will’s practice focuses on civil litigation and insurance coverage. His litigation practice is varied and ranges from construction and commercial disputes to product liability and legal malpractice. His insurance coverage practice includes opinions, litigation, and counseling carriers on policy issues.
Mike’s practice is unique as he can transition from handling cases involving catastrophic personal injury claims, to complex commercial litigation, class actions, product liability and intentional tort claims to professional and medical malpractice claims. Mike has tried to verdict in excess of 25 jury trials in Kentucky, Colorado and Ohio state courts, Federal Courts in Ohio and Kentucky and the Federal Court of Claims. He has successfully argued matters before the Ohio Supreme Court, Kentucky and Ohio Courts of Appeal and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Brian is of-counsel with Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis, LLP, where he continues in his practice representing individuals, institutions and corporations in complex litigation and trials including healthcare, product, professional and commercial matters. Brian has defended companies and individuals throughout the country, appearing as first chair in more than a dozen states and has tried more than 45 civil jury trials to verdict as first chair counsel. Brian is a frequent speaker to attorneys and clients on matters involving risk management and ethics. He is recognized by his peers as an Ohio Super Lawyer, ranked for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America and AV peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Brian is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a select group of trial attorneys recognized for their skills in the courtroom. Areas of concentration: Civil trials and litigation including, drug and medical device litigation, professional liability litigation consisting of medical, hospital and legal, business litigation, insurance coverage, and catastrophic losses.
Felix is an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment law. His practice is concentrated in the areas of employment, appellate, aviation, bad faith and personal injury. Felix’s court appellate background is a key factor in his selection to handle some of the most difficult procedural issues in litigation.
Steve’s practice focuses on business law and the defense of professional liability claims. These practice areas include corporate law, commercial and malpractice litigation. He regularly handles negotiations, acquisitions and leasing of commercial properties.
Jeff’s practice focuses on civil litigation, with an emphasis in the areas of medical defense litigation and health law matters. He represents and is active in the defense of hospitals, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals against medical malpractice and wrongful death claims. Jeff also has experience representing nursing homes, professional practice groups and other health related organizations in litigation matters. He routinely counsels clients on a variety of risk management, quality assurance, medical staff and other health law matters. In addition, Jeff maintains a diverse appellate practice. He has experience advocating for clients on a wide variety of matters in courts of appeal throughout Ohio.
Named the 2013 Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” for Insurance Law in Cincinnati, John’s practice focuses on litigation, with an emphasis on insurance coverage matters. He practices in state and federal courts in Ohio and Kentucky. John also litigates professional liability, aviation liability, wrongful death claims and serious personal injury claims. John is also general counsel for the Western Water Company.
Pete’s practice focuses primarily on the areas of complex and product liability litigation. He has active and extensive pretrial, trial, and appellate experience with a concentration on products liability, high exposure and complex matters, commercial litigation, and insurance matters in numerous states across the country.
Dave’s primary practice focuses on private dispute resolution. After an extensive career in trial work, he now serves as a mediator for a variety of legal disputes. Dave handles mediation and arbitration of disputes in the areas of employment law, professional liability, construction, engineering, and architectural liability, premises liability, product liability, and bodily and personal injury litigation. Dave is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has extensive trial experience in State and Federal courts dating back to 1966.
Ted’s practice focuses on several different areas of litigation including medical malpractice, workers’ compensation and related administrative proceedings (VSSR, OSHA), commercial and personal injury litigation. He regularly appears in courts both state and federal in Ohio and Kentucky and also practices before administrative agencies such as the Ohio Industrial Commission and OSHA.
Jon is the team leader for the insurance and general litigation group. His practice focuses on litigation, which encompasses matters involving serious personal injury and wrongful death claims, product liability, fire losses, mold claims, toxic torts, and class actions. Jon prides himself in advancing cases quickly toward an early evaluation and resolution, whether by negotiation, motion or trial.
Jon’s practice focuses on litigation, with an emphasis in the areas of insurance defense in Kentucky and Ohio courts. He handles personal injury, property damage, and premises liability claims. He is experienced in all aspects of a civil case, from discovery to alternative dispute resollution to trial to post trial relief, and represents both individuals and businesses.
Paul’s practice focuses primarily in the areas of estate planning, administration of estates and trusts, and federal and state taxation and compliance. In his estate planning practice, Paul works with clients with a variety of needs including the preparation of wills and trusts, education and special needs trusts for children, and more complex trusts for high net worth clients including the formation of limited liability companies, family limited partnerships, charitable remainder trusts, and private charitable foundations.
Jessica’s general litigation practice focuses on representation of clients in a wide variety of matters, including contract-related and business tort litigation, complex commercial and product liability, healthcare and medical malpractice matters, civil rights claims, and much more. Jessica is experienced in all aspects of a civil case, and represents both individuals and businesses in both state and federal legal matters. Jessica’s family law practice involves representing and guiding her clients through divorce, dissolution, child custody and support matters, spousal support and property division, and other domestic relations matters. She is trained and certified in collaborative practice. Jessica also practices with the firm’s estate planning and administration team. She prides herself on focusing on and understanding the unique needs of her clients and working closely with them towards resolution, while being sensitive to the personal and sometimes emotional aspect of these issues.