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Darla L. Keen

Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney at West Palm Beach, FL

4.8   33 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 25 years
    Kentucky - KY 27 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State KY
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Darla

Learn Darla’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    50%
    I represent numerous families wherein their elderly loved ones died as a result of abuse and neglect including but not limited to those caused by preventable falls.

  2. Medical malpractice
    40%
    I handle any and all medical malpractice claims including but not limited to those arising out of labor and delivery, birth injuries, failure to diagnose cancer and failure to diagnose impending cardiac death.

  3. Personal injury
    10%

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2021,2017,2013
Client's Choice
2021 2017 2013

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Location

Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath
515 North Flagler Drive, 10th Floor
West Palm Beach, FL, 33401-4350

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  33 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
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Posted by Steve | October 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
She's smart, dedicated and will fight to get what you deserve.
I knew I was the victim of malpractice, but I had brought my case to several other firms and they all said I didn't have a case and turned me away. Darla cared about my story and helped me get the justice I deserved. Everyone who worked on my case actually cared about what I went through from start to finish. I would highly recommend anyone who is seeking justice for being injured through no fault of their own give Darla a call. She will listen. She will fight for you. And there's an extremely good chance She will win. I can't say enough good things about her, Jodi, Cynthia and everyone who helped me on my case, so all I can say is Thank you thank you thank you!
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Posted by dana | April 27, 2022
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The Best
From the moment I spoke with Darla I knew I was in good hands. She fully understands the impact of loosing someone close. Her compassion made the whole process tolerable. Darla makes herself available and is always responsive. There were obstacles that arose that Darla handled in a professional and ethical manner. I can’t say enough good things about Darla, she gave me comfort during one of the worst times in my life. She is sincere and I will never forget how she honored my Dad’s life.
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Posted by David | April 27, 2022
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Darla = Amazing!
Losing a loved one, especially a parent, is an extremely difficult and emotional situation. When that parent was not treated properly and harmed in a “trusted” facility this makes it even more difficult. Darla Keen, Esq. represented our family professionally with respect and dignity. She went above and beyond to assure that our father was represented properly. Darla was attentive to not only our legal needs but also to our personal feelings. She was there in times of need and was always a phone call away. Her dutiful way, demeanor and professional competence made our situation as comfortable as she could regarding the loss of our father. Thank you Darla for everything!
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Posted by Kimberly/Virginia | December 1, 2021
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Justice with Compassion
When our mother suffered an amputation as a result of negligence at her assisted living facility, we knew we needed the right person to help us find justice for her. We found that person in Darla Keen and her staff, especially Ivette and Jodi. We were treated with such compassion and kindness from the outset and all the way through the grueling and emotional process. Darla and her staff were always accessible and responsive, and we appreciated the clarity of their communications with us as this was something we had never experienced before. There were times in the process when we felt hopeless, but Darla made it very clear she was not going to give up easily. We were so grateful for the ferocity with which she pursued our case. We could not have asked for a more qualified, more experienced, or more dedicated advocate to have in our corner at such a difficult time in our lives, and we would heartily recommend Darla Keen to anyone in a similar situation!
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Posted by Loretta | November 30, 2021
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The Best Lawyer in Town!
Working with Attorney Darla Keen and her team was a breath of fresh air. Her approach was very personable to ensure that I articulate my feelings and perspective of my mother’s death thoroughly. Our time together exhibited what impactful advocacy is. Her leadership is appreciated and I am confident to express that not only were my needs met, but justice was served. Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath is the best law firm in town!
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Posted by Keith | November 30, 2021
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Darla Keen
Darla recently represented us in a matter we pursued against an assisted living facility. With Darla's guidance and perseverance, we were able to arrive at a favorable settlement. Throughout this process, she was thoughtful, persistent and very communicative. She had an excellent command of the law and used her experience very effectively through a mediation process. Moreover, she was patient and caring with my elderly father, who was the aggrieved party in this matter. Darla was complemented by an outstanding team. Her assistant, Jodi, was always accessible and up to date on the case, and her paralegal, Ivette, was exceptionally thorough, detailed and did outstanding work. I would hire Darla again in a heartbeat!
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Posted by Elizabeth | November 29, 2021
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Outstanding Attorney - Darla Kean
My wife fell under the care of a trained aide causing her to fracture her hip. Because of this negligence on the part of the aide we contacted Darla Kean who handled the case from beginning to end.Her professionalism in this case was outstanding. Her handling of the negotiations for settlement were superb. We were very satisfied with the monetary amount that was agreed upon and received this amount in a timely manner.
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Posted by Scott | November 29, 2021
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Darla
Darla and her team were efficient and communicative through the process of representing our family after our mom fell in a long term care facility during beginning of Covid
Posted by Sylvia | May 7, 2021
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Nursing Home dispute
I can’t say enough great things about our experience with Darla. She presented a clear and respectful case in behalf of my father and worked very hard for justice.
Posted by Tina | February 17, 2021
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Best Attorney
My attorney at the firm was Darla Keen. She was the best attorney I have ever dealt with, also her assistants were fantastic. I had hired them after a wrongful death of my Father at a nursing home. They were so caring and understanding. Now when it came to doing their job they definitely know what they are doing. Of course they won my case. Ivette, Darla's assistant was just wonderful. When ever I had a question or anything to do with my Father's case she was always there for me. If you want the best there is this is the firm you want!
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Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2020
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Death of Spouse
Darla Keen represented me when my dear wife died in a nursing facility. Darla was competent, efficient, aggressive, and demonstrated integrity and compassion. At the end of my case she became not only an attorney but a friend.
Posted by Chasmo | August 7, 2020
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A great Attorney
I think that most clients are not looking for miracles when they retain attorneys. However, they do expect that their attorney will listen to them and when they have any question or concern about their case, he/she will give them sound legal advice. Attorney Darla Keen and her team from the law firm of Darla Keen Lytal, Reiter, Smith, and Ivey & Fronrath had brilliantly represented me. They are easy to talk with and make me feel comfortable all the time. Attorney Keen was honest with me. If I call the firm for any reason and have to leave a message, she or a member of her team always gets back to me in a timely manner. Ms. Keen is a fantastic Attorney but most importantly, she is a wonderful human being. I have no reservation in recommending Ms. Keen and her team to anyone who is looking to retain a team of great legal professionals.
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Posted by Betsy | July 20, 2017
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Loving, caring and determined!
We chose to go with Darla and it was by far the best thing we did for our son Gio. We embarked on a journey with Darla five years ago in a fight against what we thought were professional health care providers at the time of my delivery with my now five year old son who obtained a birth related injury due to improper care. As a result my son has Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy and developmentally delayed to name a few. Darla and team have fought viciously for my Gio since day one. Darla not only was she our attorney she is now our family. She is truly god sent and I thank her from the bottom of my heart for getting my son justice at last. We are forever grateful! Please do yourself and family a favor and hire Ma. Keen
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Posted by Aaron | July 5, 2017
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Humble, kind and so great full
When we first met she made my wife and I feel apart of the family she followed through every she was supposed to do with 100% integrity. She fought for us as if she was fighting for her own I couldn't ask for better results. She's very aggressive and doesn't take her job lightly Darla and her firm are awesome, just outstanding I can't say it enough she gave me and my wife hope for clousure.I would shout it from the roof tops that Darla and her firm are the best choice if you want results. I just want to say thank you so much you all are amazing!!
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Posted by William Weeks | June 6, 2017
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In good hands with Darla!
Dear Darla, From the first time we spoke I knew I was in good hands and just wanted to thank you for representing me. Your office has been wonderful to work with and it's been my pleasure getting to know you and your staff. Just want to say again how much I really appreciate all you have done. Having you on my side was a real blessing and I am convinced there could have been no better outcome. I would highly recommend Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath to my friends, family, and anyone in need of your quality legal services. On a personal note, I feel as though I started out to hire an attorney and on the way made some truly great friends. With all my love and appreciation, Victoria F.
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Posted by Victoria | June 6, 2017
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In Good Hands With Darla
Dear Darla, From the first time we spoke I knew I was in good hands and just wanted to thank you for representing me. Your office has been wonderful to work with and it's been my pleasure getting to know you and your staff. Just want to say again how much I really appreciate all you have done. Having you on my side was a real blessing and I am convinced there could have been no better outcome. I would highly recommend Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath to my friends, family, and anyone in need of your quality legal services. On a personal note, I feel as though I started out to hire an attorney and on the way made some truly great friends. With all my love and appreciation, Victoria F.
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Posted by Ethan | April 7, 2017
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Diligence, Compassion, Outstanding Result
Attorney Keen not only produced a just result for my family, but she did so with a level of professionalism, knowledge of the law, respect and human decency that, candidly, we would never have imagined possible. It is really unfortunate that the personal injury bar is often painted with a broad and unfairly 'mercenary' brush. I firmly believe that Attorney Keen is, in fact, really about the 'justice' part of this -- she proved as much in both her words and deeds. She knew what she was doing and did exactly as she said she would do 100% ethically, honestly and with kindness and sensitivity. We believe that there is no attorney better suited to this type of case than Darla Keen. It was a true pleasure working with her. We are enormously grateful.
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2017
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Seeds of Greatness
Darla Keen has the DNA of a winner and in our case, she represented our family and took us from being the "victim" to the "victor." She is 100% committed to her cases and dedicated to protecting the innocent and vulnerable. She is a superstar in ever sense of the word.
Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2017
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hired Darla Keen
Darla Keen is a very special lawyer that our family would highly recommend to anyone with a wrongly diagnosed medical problem for a loved one to represent them. Our loved one was also unjustly treated in a brain injury facility; actually the largest company in the UNITED STATES THAT CARES FOR OUR VETERANS RETURNING WITH PTSD AND TRAMATIC BRAIN INJURIES. Darla cares deeply about each of her clients. She lives and breathes the case, almost like she is the victim. She made our daughter, who was the victim, feel like she was worth fighting for. Darla will track down each and every person involved in your case and is ruthless when it comes to deposing them. She works tirelessly for the victim, keeping them informed of what she is doing weekly for them; returning every call, email and text, she never stops fighting for her client. We could not think of a better person and lawyer to have working on our case and highly recommend Darla to anyone looking to hire an advocate for a disabled young victim who was taken advantage of by the medical community and had no voice. She is a true advocate!!!!
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Posted by Terry | September 8, 2016
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client
I was very happy with Darla Keen 's handling of my case involving the loss of my husband. She seemed to genuinely care about me and my case. She was very thorough in explaining everything to me in a way that I could understand and informing me as to what was going to take place and what I could expect to happen next. She also was very competent in mediation as well, which resulted in a very favorable outcome in mediation
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 33%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • LYTAL, REITER, SMITH, IVEY & FRONRATH
  • 2004 - Present
  • Partner
  • STEPHENS, LYNN, KLEIN, ET AL
  • 1998 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • LANDRUM & SHOUSE
  • 1996 - 1998

Education

  • University of Kentucky College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • FAILURE/DELAY IN TAKING TO SURGERY FOR BOWEL PERFORATION
  • SETTLED $850,000
  • MEDICAL MALPRACTICE WRONGFUL DEATH
  • SETTLED $500,000
  • FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE TOXIC MEGACOLON RESULTING IN BRAIN INJURY
  • SETTLED $6,000,000
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Associations

  • Florida Justice Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Palm Beach County Justice Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Top Lawyers
  • Palm Beach Illustrated
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyer Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyer-Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2021
  • Top Lawyers
  • Palm Beach Illustrated
  • 2021
  • Top 100
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
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Publications

  • Republished National Insurance Law Journal
  • The Entitlement Exclusion in the Personal Auto Policy: The Road to Reducing Litigation in Permissive Use Cases or Dead End?
  • 1997
  • Kentucky Law Journal
  • The Entitlement Exclusion in the Personal Auto Policy: The Road to Reducing Litigation in Permissive Use Cases or Dead End?
  • 1996

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
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Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"When it comes to nursing home abuse and neglect, hire Darla Keen. Darla is very knowledgeable of the unique legal issues surrounding these very difficult cases. She is extremely hard working and achieves great results for her clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Darla for nearly 10 years and have conducted dozens of mediations in which she was the plaintiff's counsel. She is always professional and prepared. Darla is uniformly respected by her colleagues, clients and opposing counsel. Darla exhibits excellent command of facts and law in every case."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Darla is an excellent lawyer who always comes prepared, be it for a hearing or deposition. It is an attribute that serves her and her clients well."
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with Ms. Keen for years and she is an absolutely outstanding attorney. She truly cares about her clients and works incredibly hard to obtain favorable results in very complicated and traumatic cases."