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Brian McKeen began practicing law in 1982. During his career, he has become a powerful advocate for his clients and one of the foremost medical malpractice attorneys in Michigan. He has tried cases throughout the United States. He currently sits on the executive boards of the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) and the American Association for Justice (AAJ). Mr. McKeen formerly served as chair of the AAJ Professional Negligence Section, Medical Negligence Exchange Group and Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG).
Since 2001, McKeen & Associates has generated the year's top verdict in Michigan four times, including securing the state's largest medical malpractice verdict on record in 2001, when a jury rendered a verdict award of $55 million in the case of Hall v Henry Ford Health System. McKeen & Associates also topped all Michigan verdict awards in 2002, with an award of $22.5 million in the case of Blazo v McLaren Regional Medical Center, et al; in 2006 with an award of $16 million in the case of Lowe v Henry Ford Health System; and in 2007, with an award of $35 million in the case of Oppenheim v Aeneas C. Guiney. Mr. McKeen was recently inducted to The Inner Circle of Advocates and named Top Attorneys in Michigan as published by The New York Times in September 2012.
Notable Cases and Results:
$55,000,000 - Wade vs. Henry Ford Hospital
Michigan's largest medical malpractice verdict. Verdict obtained on behalf of brain damaged baby who had presented to emergency department of Bon Secor Hospital with complaints of difficulty in breathing.
$35,000,000 - Oppenheim vs. Project Straight, et al
33 year old husband and father of three, successful business executive presented to outpatient detox center to help with recovering from addiction to prescription pain medications.
$19,800,000 Jury Verdict - Heister vs. Surulli
Jury verdict predicated upon attending obstetricians negligence in failure to provide appropriate ante natal care. During prenatal visits, it should have become obvious that a dangerous condition known as oligohydramnios or decreased amniotic fluid existed.
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1982
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1982
U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
Law School: Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 1982
Law School Honors/Involvement: Moot Court Competition; Society of Barristers; Michigan Bar Journal, Current Law Notes Staff; Pillar, Cooley Law School Newspaper, Contributor
Undergraduate School: Central Michigan University, B.S., Administration and Political Science, 1978
Bleakley & McKeen, P.C., 1983-1998
Hon. Dorothy Comstock Riley, Michigan Court of Appeals, Law Clerk, 1982
Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, Summer Intern, 1981
Hon. Robert C. Anderson, Oakland County Circuit Court, Pontiac, Michigan, Law Clerk, 1980-1981
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
- American Association for Justice, Member
- Michigan Association for Justice, Board of Directors
- American Bar Association, Member
- American Prepaid Legal Services Institute, Board of Directors, 1983 - 1985
- State Bar of Michigan, Negligence Law, Arts, Communications, Entertainment and Sports Sections, Member
- State Bar Appellate Court
- Oakland County Bar Association, Medical Legal Committee
- Detroit Bar Association, Public Speakers Bureau, Board of Directors
- Detroit Barristers Association
- Wolverine Bar Association
- Inner Circle of Advocates
- International Society of Primerus
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
- American Association for Justice (AAJ)
- Chair of the Professional Negligence Section 2006-2008
- Co-chair of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG)
- Co-chair of the AAJ's Medical Negligence Exchange Group 2005-2007 (MNIEG)
- Litigation Group Coordination Committee
Leading Lawyers, 2013-present
Top Attorneys in Michigan, 2012
Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2010
Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers, 2007
Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers, 2008
Michigan Lawyers Weekly "2006 Lawyers of the Year"
Lecturer, Medical/Obstetrics and the Law, Boston University School of Medicine and the Center for Human Genetics