A former Cincinnati politician is settling back into life outside public service.
Former Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has returned to Keating Muething & Klekamp, the Cincinnati law firm where Cranley had practiced before landing the city’s top leadership position. Cranley will join the firm’s real estate group and “will focus his practice on tax increment financing, New Markets Tax Credits, solar energy projects, government relations, and public finance,” a June 6 press release says.
“I’m thrilled to be returning to KMK Law. KMK Law is an integral pillar in the Cincinnati region where I’ll be able to use my experience in leading results for the city into delivering results for the firm’s clients,” Cranley says in the release.
Cranley joins the firm after making a run at becoming the Democratic nominee who would take on Republican incumbent Mike DeWine in Ohio’s gubernatorial race this year. In the May 3 primary election, Cranley lost the Democratic nod to Nan Whaley, the former mayor of Dayton, Ohio. Whaley will battle DeWine in the general election on Nov. 8, and the winner will take office on Jan. 9.
Cranley was an attorney at Keating Muething & Klekamp 2009-2013 before serving as Cincinnati’s mayor 2013-2022 (current mayor Aftab Pureval was sworn in on Jan. 4). A Cincinnati native and a graduate of Harvard Law School, Cranley co-founded the Ohio Innocence Project in 2002 at the University of Cincinnati, which uses DNA to prove the innocence of wrongfully convicted individuals.
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