Susan B. Zaunbrecher

P: (513) 977-8171
F: (513) 977-8141

Susan Zaunbrecher is a champion for progress. As a corporate attorney, she brings a holistic approach to counseling her business clients. Susan provides the most value where legal issues and business interests overlap, requiring fresh thinking and strategic action. She pursues breakout opportunities that help financial institutions and business entities leverage extraordinary corporate events. Whether she's helping reach short-term goals, navigating complex regulations and compliance reporting or leading strategic decision-making for long-term growth, her “always move forward” attitude and an engaging flair sets her clients at ease. Her personal motto, “We’re going to reach your goal and have fun doing it,” makes it easy to understand why clients turn to her with their business needs.

Experienced in all areas of corporate law, Susan focuses mainly on transactions, mergers and acquisitions and securities law involving financial institutions but also for hospitals, manufacturing and service companies. This includes organizing denovo institutions, restructuring, capital formation, purchasing and selling companies and all aspects of regulatory compliance. She oversaw the first financial holding company acquisition of a non-bank subsidiary under the Gramm Leach Bliley Act in the United States. Her clients include Lexmark, Fifth Third Bank, LCNB Corp., Chemed, Vitas and Caesars Entertainment.

As Chair of the Corporate Department as well as the Corporate/SEC and Financial Institutions groups, Susan believes that teamwork provides the best client service and she works to connect the firm’s transactional, labor and litigation talent to move client agendas forward. She serves on the firm’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Diversity Committee. Susan also chairs the firm’s Social and Professional Development Committees.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee
  • UC Economic Center for Education and Research, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee
  • Cincinnati SPCA, Board Member
  • Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Ballot Issues Committee
  • United Way Tocqueville Society, Tocqueville Cabinet
  • United Way Women's Leadership Initiative


  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Banking, Finance, Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions Law 
  • Selected for the Ohio Super Lawyers® List
  • Top 10 Female Lawyer in Cincinnati by Women's Business Cincinnati
  • Chambers USA®: Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers
  • One of Ohio's Most Powerful and Influential Women by the National Diversity Council (2010)
  • Selected for the Top 25 Women in Cincinnati by the Ohio Super Lawyers®  
  • Selected as a Cincy Leading Lawyer by Cincy Magazine