Brian K. Keeley

Member

About Brian

Brian Keeley represents businesses in employment and litigation matters. He helps businesses avoid employment issues by providing preventive maintenance for conducting business, including having appropriate employment policies, training employees and supervisors, and proactively identifying and addressing potential employment problems. When things go wrong, he represents employers before federal, state, and local employment agencies, in federal and state courts, and in private arbitration. He also advises and defends employers on employee benefit issues. Brian is a versatile litigator, and has litigated cases in the areas of commercial contracts, trade secret misappropriation, real estate, business dissolution, consumer protection, estate administration, insurance coverage, and other areas.

Licensed Courts

  • Washington State Courts
  • Alaska State Courts
  • California State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Alaska
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas

Education

  • University of California, Davis School of Law, 2000, J.D.
  • Colorado College, 1995, B.A., Economics

Professional Memberships, Civic, Volunteer

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • King County Civil Service Commission, Commissioner
  • Path with Art, Board Member, Treasurer

Awards

  • Washington Law & Politics, Super Lawyer, 2014–2015
  • Washington Law & Politics, Rising Star, 2009–2013

Speaking and Presentations

  • Presenter, Northwest Food Service Show, Where There's Smoke. . . How Oregon's and Washington's Laws on Medical and Recreational Marijuana Affect the Workplace, April 2015
  • Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel Ethics Dinner, Internal Investigations: Practical and Ethical Concerns Facing In–House Counsel, December 2014
  • Presenter, NBI, Representing Your Client in Federal Court, November 2014
  • Guest Speaker, Columbia College MBA Program, New and Recurring Wage and Hour Issues, and Employee Benefits Overview, November 2014
  • Panelist,Education & Workforce Development: Attracting, Building, and Retaining the Skills We Need, Vancouver Business Journal Boardroom Executive Session, September 2014
  • Panelist, Refresher on Retirement Plan Fee Disclosures, Presented by Clothier & Head, February 2013
  • Presenter, Lorman, Employment Law Update, September 2013
  • Presenter, Lorman, Administering the Family and Medical Leave Act in Washington, August 2013
  • Presenter, Lorman, Administering the Family and Medical Leave Act in Washington, August 2012
  • Guest Speaker, Columbia College MBA Program, Employee Benefits Overview, May 2012
  • Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel, Hiring Right, March 2012
  • Presenter, Trinity Lutheran College, Human Resources Course, Compensation and Benefits, December 2011
  • Presenter, Lorman, Current Issues in Payroll Management, October 2011
  • Speaker, Southwest Washington Human Resources Management Association (SWHRMA), Avoiding Employee Lawsuit Liability, August 2011
  • Speaker, Seattle SHRM, Wage and Hour Issues – Independent Contractors, Classifications, Volunteers, and Other HR Hazards, May 2011
  • Speaker, Epilepsy Foundation Northwest H.O.P.E. and Epilepsy Conference, Healthcare Coverage and Epilepsy, November 2010
  • Speaker, Lorman, Leave Related to Military Service, Administering the Family and Medical Leave Act Under the Current Regulations, July 2010
  • Guest Speaker, Columbia College MBA Program, Employee Benefits Issues, February 2010

Appellate Decisions

  • Kellar v. Estate of Kellar, 172 Wash.App. 562 (2012)
  • Welsh v. Metlife, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 18343 (9th Cir. Aug. 30, 2011)
  • Ward–Davis v. Stonebridge Life Insurance Company, 446 Fed. Appx. 52 (9th Cir. 2011)