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J. Christopher Keen

Immigration Attorney at Orem, UT

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State UT
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found

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

About J.

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I thoroughly enjoy working in the field of immigration and criminal law.  Each case to me symbolizes a person who wants to stay (or come) to the United States.  I like to plan out a strategy (which can evolve through the case) to achieve my clients' goals, and then to implement it.  My professional practice is devoted to immigration and criminal law.  


I enjoy spending time with my family or on the lake.  I love to travel especially to immigration conferences.  


I work best with clients who want to win their case, who have compelling reasons to be in the United States, and are willing to do what it takes.  

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On Utah Lake
Christopher Keen with Former Immigration Judge Bill Nixon at his retirement celebration.

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Keen Law Offices, LLC
491 South Orem Boulevard
Orem, UT, 84058


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Posted by ALEX | March 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I've hired Keen for immigration and for criminal defense
I hired him first to fix some immigration issues with lost paperwork and he was able to complete everything and help successfully file petitions and everything went well. A few years later I needed criminal defense representation and unfortunately made the mistake of hiring a different popular criminal defense law firm with poor results. After smacking myself (not really) I remembered Keen Law Office also handles criminal defense and I went in for a consultation, my case was scheduled for trial and I was really hoping that would not happen and Chris Keen had a plan, came into court on my last court date before trial and made magic happen! The prosecutors were not willing to negotiate with his first idea and he still managed to get me in the best possible position I could ask for. Something my previously hired higher cost attorney could not do since he didn't have the proper immigration law background. I would absolutely recommend Keen to anyone in any immigration and/or criminal case. THANKS SO MUCH KEEN! #BESTLAWYEREVER
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Posted by prav | January 30, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Attorney
Chris Keen is an awesome attorney. After searching through various sites like, avvo and justanswer, I got hold of Chris as he was experienced in both criminal and immigration law. He was affordable and really willing to help you get out of the problem you are facing. He was able to reduce my misdemeanor to infraction and get plea in abeyance deal. IF YOU ARE AN IMMIGRANT TO US and are facing some charge he is the guy. 5 star rating from me.
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Posted by Dan | December 2, 2014
I met with attorney Keen to consult on an immigration matter concerning the application for citizenship process. He and his office staff were very friendly and professional. Attorney Keen went the extra mile for me and my family. He provided great insight into the whole process, what to expect and potential issues that could arise.
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2014
Excellent Advice - Speedy Turnaround
I reached out to Chris Keen for help with a complex immigration case. I had consulted other firms and attorneys about the exact same issue and was always turned away. I had actually almost lost hope and was so glad to find Chris Keen's firm online. When I reached out, a friendly assistant scheduled an appointment for the next day. The phone consultation was efficient and I immediately had a good feeling. Chris frequently updated me about the status of the case and he moved fast. Two weeks later, everything was solved. The service was uncomplicated, friendly, and results driven. It could not have been any better.
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Posted by Viktoriya | March 5, 2014
Excellent lawyer!
Chris Keen is a great attorney! He is one of the best lawyers I ever worked with. He handled my brother's case in the best possible way. My brother was ordered to be deported from the US and had his deportation order in hand but thanks to Chris my brother was NOT deported and is back with his family. Chris and his team did everything they could to make sure my brother is not deported from the US. Prompt responses were given each time I needed communication in any matter. He is very experiensed, knowledgeable and confident. Great to work with. I am very happy with the service and the outcome of the case provided by Keen Law Offices! Thanks Chris!!!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 150-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Keen Law Offices, LLC
  • 2002 - Present


  • Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Brigham Young University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Contreras-Bocanegra v. Holder, 678 F.3d 811 (10th Cir. 2013)
  • Client was restored to his Permanent Resident States and permitted to return to the United States to pursue his immigration claim.
  • Fernandez-Vargas v. Gonzales, 126 S.Ct. 2422, U.S., 2006
  • 10th Circuit affirmed
  • Fernandez-Vargas v. Ashcroft, 394 F.3d 881, 10th Cir., 2005
  • Dismissed by the 10th Circuit


  • Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Central Utah Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyer's Association
  • National Committee Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • American Immigration Lawyer's Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 2012 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013


  • F 3d-2007, WL 4111986, 10th Cir.
  • Lorenzo v. Mukasey
  • 2007
  • 126 S.Ct. 2422, U.S.
  • Fernandez-Vargas v. Gonzales
  • 2006
  • 126 S. Ct. 544 2005 WL 871058, U.S.
  • Fernandez-Vargas v. Gonzales
  • 2005
  • 394 F.3d 881, 10th Cir.
  • Fernandez-Vargas v. Ashcroft
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Solo Small Firm Practice
  • Solo and Small Firm Practice for New Attorneys
  • 2013
  • Representing the Immigrant on Appeal, Before the Appeal
  • 2013
  • AILA CLE - 10th Circuit Appeals
  • 10th Circuit Appellate Practice
  • 2012
  • Law Practice Management
  • Managing your law practice
  • 2009
  • "Immigration Consequences of Criminal Law"
  • Immigration and Criminal Law
  • 2009
  • "What Businesses Need to Know about Immigration Trends"
  • Immigration Law
  • 2008
  • "Practical Immigration Law Tips For Criminal Defense Lawyers"
  • Criminal and Immigration Law
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (7)
Endorse J.
Immigration Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Chris Keen. I have seen his work for many years and know that he is very attention-to-detail about his cases and determined to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for Chris when I was just an undergrad. He cares about his clients and fights for their rights. I loved working for him and learning from him and his associates."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Chris as an immigration attorney. I've known and worked with Chris on occasion for well over a decade and still find him an honorable and trustworthy associate - the number of attorneys that I could honestly say that about dwindles annually. Whenever I have any questions about immigration, Chris is my first call. Drew Briney, Utah Attorney"
Immigration Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Chris Keen as an immigration attorney without reservation. He is a smart and fearless advocate for his clients, especially those with a serious criminal history."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent criminal immigration attorney. I refer criminal immigration cases to him all the time."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Keen is a fantastic attorney and was a great boss. I learned a lot while working for him and would recommend him to anyone in need of an honest, reliable immigration attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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