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Kenneth M. Haneline

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HanelineKen began his career almost 30 years ago when the Tax Reform Act of 1986 was becoming effective.  At that time ERISA was only 12 years old.  Since then, Ken has developed a depth and breadth of experience in the employee benefits and taxation areas of the law that few other lawyers have achieved.

Throughout his career, Ken has used the combination of his law background and certified public accountant experience to represent and counsel employers on complicated employee benefit matters.  He regularly represents clients in court, before the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. 

Ken routinely guides employers in the designing and development of effective employee benefit plans, whether such plans involve qualified retirement and pension plans, non-qualified deferred compensation or executive supplemental retirement plans, and welfare benefit plans such as group health, life, disability and others. 

Other Personal Background Information And Interests

Ken and his wife, Mary Kay, raised five children, four boys and a girl, who are now working through college and getting married.  Mary Kay is a proficient artist and teacher.  While not working, you will most likely find Ken and Mary Kay sailing, whether on Lake Erie, Lake Michigan or the Caribbean.  In order to better understand the new challenges facing employers today, Ken is currently enrolled in Harvard’s Business School management program.


  • Case Western Reserve University, B.S., Accounting, 1980
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, J.D., 1986

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Northern District Court of Ohio
  • U.S. Southern District Court of Ohio
  • U.S. Eastern District Court of Michigan

Professional Activities And Recognition

  • Selected for two years as a Go-To Lawyer for the Top 500 Companies by Corporate Counsel magazine
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Akron Bar Association

Publications and Presentations

  • Ohio Human Resources Manual, American Chamber of Commerce Resources, January 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Ohio Payroll Society, Health Reform, November 2011
  • Canton Payroll Society, Health Reform, April 2011

Civic/Charitable Activities And Associations

  • St. John Cathedral, Finance Council, 2010-Present
  • King’s Men, 2011-Present
  • St. Mary Catholic Church, Finance Council, 2006-08