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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. 



Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 48%
  2. Personal Injury: 47%
  3. Dog Bite: 5%

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  • Joseph Peter Lupinacci

    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.


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Contact info

645 Griswold St.
Suite 4200
Detroit, MI, 48226


MIActive And In Good Standing198208/04/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Reprimand
    issued in MI, 2002


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Michigan Super LawyerN/A2010
Michigan Super LawyerN/A2009
Michigan Super LawyerN/A2008
Michigan Super LawyerN/A2007
Michigan Super LawyerN/A2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerMcKeen & Associates, P.C.1998 - Present
ParnerBleakley & McKeen, P.C.1983 - 1988
Law Clerk to the Hon. Dorothy Comstock RileyMichigan Supreme Court1982 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of MichiganN/AN/A
Incorporated Society of Irish-American LawyersN/AN/A
International Society of Primerus Law FirmsN/AN/A
American Judicature SocietyN/AN/A
Wolverine Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Inner Circle of AdvocatesN/AN/A
Metropolitan Detroit Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Oakland County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Association for Justice (AAJ)Board of GovernorsN/A
Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ)Executive BoardN/A
Federal Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
21st Annual Seminar in the SnowUsing the Rules of the Road When Taking Depositions2011
Winning Strategies for Your Med Mal CaseClosing Argument-An Actual Live Presentation of a Closing Argument2010
Pan European Organization of Personal Injury LawyersTheories of Hospital Liability in U.S. Courts2010
Medical Negligence Information Exchange GroupHospital Liability2010
Litigating Medical Negligence and Injured Infant Cases SeminarThe Infant Life Care Plan-Providing for the Life Long Needs of a Child2010
Seeking Recovery for Medical Malpractice in Michigan: Is there Light at the End of the Tunnel?Cross Examination2009
Meadowlands SeminarEffective Opening Statements2009
Iowa Association for Justice Annual ConventionIt Can Happen in Iowa-Identifying Jurors Who Will Think Big2009
MTLA 62nd Annual ConventionTrial Techniques to Maximize Non-Economic Damages2007
Michigan Association for Justice-It's All About the JuryJuror Persuasion2007
2005 ATLA Annual Convention-Professional Negligence SectionChain of Command2005
16th Annual Seminar in the SnowThe Winning Edge in Medical Malpractice Litigation2005
14th Annual Seminar in the SnowMedical Malpractice Update2004
Michigan Trial Lawyers Association-New Ways to SucceedTechniques to Maximize Economic and Non-Economic Damages2003
13th Annual Seminar in the SnowMedical Malpractice Update2003
12th Annual Seminar in the SnowMedical Malpractice Update2002
11th Annual Seminar in the SnowStrategies and Techniques - Evaluating and Preparing Medical Malpractice Claims2001
MTLA-The Nuts and Bolts of Personal Injury PracticeMedical Malpractice Update1998