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 If you have been injured, you need an attorney who understands your concerns, who can guide you through this life changing event and will directly work with you to seek a positive resolution to your claim. Sweeney Julian recruited Bill Keller to join the firm earlier this year and soon after he moved back to South Bend from Seattle. Bill wanted to find a practice where he could focus solely on working with injured people, and Sweeney Julian was the perfect fit.


Prior to joining Sweeney Julian, Bill was a Partner in the firms Moran & Keller PLLC, and MWW PLLC, where the practice focused on personal injury and high-stakes commercial litigation. Bill started his legal career as an associate at the law firm of LeGros Buchanan & Paul, where he defended the interests of fishing vessels, tug boats, shipping companies and other marine interests. During that time, Bill learned the ins and outs of how insurance companies and defendants evaluate claims and aggressively seek to intimidate injured persons from fully exercising their rights to a reasonable recovery.


Bill received his B.A. as a double major in Political Science and History from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon in 1995. Thereafter, Bill graduated with a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he was selected as a member of the Moot Court Appellate board.


Bill has litigated cases at the trial, appellate and Supreme Court level, including most recently having won two cases argued in front of the Washington Supreme Court defending the Constitutional Rights of his clients in Akrie v. T-Mobile et al, and Dillon v. Seattle Deposition Reporters. Bill was named a Rising Star for three straight years by Washington Law & Politics magazine, an honor awarded to less than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state based upon peer recognition, ethical standards and recognition for achievement in the legal field.


Bill has handled personal injury cases from intake to verdict as counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants, but after many years of seeing a system which focuses on accepting premiums and denying claims Bill is 100 percent dedicated to helping injured people exercise their rights.

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  1. Personal Injury: 100%

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  • Kathleen Ann Forrest

    Bill is an ethical, no-nonsense, and true advocate, going to great lengths to seek justice for his clients. Not only is he a colleague and trusted referral source, but he has been a valuable mentor. I also send friends and family to Bill because I trust that he will treat them right and get the job done.

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    Kathleen Forrest Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Shane C Carew

    I have been both allied and opposed to Bill and his firm. He was direct, fair, to the point, efficient, and never lost sight of the end goal. Unlike some in the practice, he didn't churn the litigation just to go through the motions.

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    Shane Carew Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

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Sweeney Julian

1620 South Bend Ave
South Bend, IN, 46617

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
INActive In Good Standing201507/03/2016
WAActive199907/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneySweeney Julian Trial Attorneys2015 - Present
PartnerMoran & Keller PLLC2011 - 2014
PartnerMWW PLLC2006 - 2011
AssociateLegros Buchanan & Paul1999 - 2006
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Indiana Trial Lawyers Associationmember2015 - Present
Marine Insurance Association of SeattleCommittee Member2000 - 2006
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Notre Dame Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Linfield CollegePolitical Science & HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
EPLI TrainingTitle VII2009
LectureDealing with medical care fraud2006
EPLI trainingDiscrimination in the workplace2005