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Brian J. Mckeen

Medical malpractice Attorney at Detroit, MI

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1982
    Active in Good Standing Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2002

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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 Board of Governors of 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).  In 2009 Mr.  McKeen was inducted into The Inner Circle of Advocates. 


McKeen & Associates has generated many of the top verdicts in Michigan history, 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. 



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Posted by Dan | July 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
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My initial lawyer got sick and had to pass my case onto McKeen associates. I was not disappointed. From day one they told me my case was a difficult one to handle and they would do their best. Michelle, the assistant was an absolute dream to work with. She was very prompt and courteous to my every inquiry. She kept me up to date as things progressed. In the end I decided to settle out of court. I would recommend this law firm.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2002.

Reprimand issued in MI, 2002
updated on 03/09/2010

Reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • McKeen & Associates, P.C.
  • 1998 - Present
  • Parner
  • Bleakley & McKeen, P.C.
  • 1983 - 1988
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Dorothy Comstock Riley
  • Michigan Supreme Court
  • 1982 - 1982


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Infant Respiratory Arrest
  • $55,000,000.00
  • Hypoxic ischemic brain damage suffered at detox clinic
  • $35,000,000.00
  • Birth Trauma
  • $22,000,00.00


  • State Bar of Michigan
  • N/A
  • Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ)
  • Executive Board
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Board of Governors
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Metropolitan Detroit Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Inner Circle of Advocates
  • N/A
  • Wolverine Bar Association
  • N/A
  • American Judicature Society
  • N/A
  • International Society of Primerus Law Firms
  • N/A
  • Incorporated Society of Irish-American Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Federal Bar Association
  • N/A
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Honors and Awards

  • Michigan Super Lawyer
  • 2010
  • Michigan Super Lawyer
  • 2009
  • Michigan Super Lawyer
  • 2008
  • Michigan Super Lawyer
  • 2007
  • Michigan Super Lawyer
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • 21st Annual Seminar in the Snow
  • Using the Rules of the Road When Taking Depositions
  • 2011
  • Winning Strategies for Your Med Mal Case
  • Closing Argument-An Actual Live Presentation of a Closing Argument
  • 2010
  • Pan European Organization of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Theories of Hospital Liability in U.S. Courts
  • 2010
  • Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group
  • Hospital Liability
  • 2010
  • Litigating Medical Negligence and Injured Infant Cases Seminar
  • The Infant Life Care Plan-Providing for the Life Long Needs of a Child
  • 2010
  • Seeking Recovery for Medical Malpractice in Michigan: Is there Light at the End of the Tunnel?
  • Cross Examination
  • 2009
  • Meadowlands Seminar
  • Effective Opening Statements
  • 2009
  • Iowa Association for Justice Annual Convention
  • It Can Happen in Iowa-Identifying Jurors Who Will Think Big
  • 2009
  • MTLA 62nd Annual Convention
  • Trial Techniques to Maximize Non-Economic Damages
  • 2007
  • Michigan Association for Justice-It's All About the Jury
  • Juror Persuasion
  • 2007
  • 2005 ATLA Annual Convention-Professional Negligence Section
  • Chain of Command
  • 2005
  • 16th Annual Seminar in the Snow
  • The Winning Edge in Medical Malpractice Litigation
  • 2005
  • 14th Annual Seminar in the Snow
  • Medical Malpractice Update
  • 2004
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association-New Ways to Succeed
  • Techniques to Maximize Economic and Non-Economic Damages
  • 2003
  • 13th Annual Seminar in the Snow
  • Medical Malpractice Update
  • 2003
  • 12th Annual Seminar in the Snow
  • Medical Malpractice Update
  • 2002
  • 11th Annual Seminar in the Snow
  • Strategies and Techniques - Evaluating and Preparing Medical Malpractice Claims
  • 2001
  • MTLA-The Nuts and Bolts of Personal Injury Practice
  • Medical Malpractice Update
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

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Medical malpractice Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"He is the best malpractice attorney in the state."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. McKeen is, without question, Michigan's best Medical Malpractice attorney. He has demonstrated amazing talent in several complex legal matters. He has extensive knowledge of the law and his experience proves its value daily. He shows great subtlety of thought and analysis, which are two characteristics that I believe to be critical for a successful attorney. He is personable and has an upstanding moral character. He is prudent, thorough, clear and articulate. I believe that Mr. McKeen practices in one of the most analytically challenging areas of the law and he unequivocally grasps the requisite discipline, evidenced by his incredible success in the courtroom. I unhesitatingly endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have the pleasure of working with Brian and his clients on matters that involve special needs planning. Not only does Brian and his staff care about their client during the pending litigation but they also continue to care about the clients once the matter has concluded. There have been several occasions when Brain and his staff have gone above and beyond for their client and the client’s family to assist them and assure them an improved quality of life. Brian makes a difference for his clients."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Brian McKeen is one of the country's finest medical malpractice lawyers. He is a passionate lawyer, and his experience and education in the field of medical negligence law enable him to give his clients outstanding advocacy. I worked on a complex birth injury case with him, and was extremely impressed with his abilities."
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Detroit Medical malpractice Lawyer Brian J. Mckeen
Brian J. Mckeen
Medical malpractice Attorney
Detroit, MI
Licensed for 42 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2002. See details