Michael Keating is past Chairman of the firm’s Litigation Department and has been the firm’s leading trial lawyer for over thirty years. Michael has been consistently listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, and Massachusetts SuperLawyers and was recognized by The National Law Journal, all reflecting his reputation as one of the leading trial attorneys in Massachusetts. In 2011, he was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Michael practices extensively in both the federal and state courts. He has represented major corporate clients in matters as diverse as alleged marketing fraud, toxic torts, trademark and trade secret litigation, and a private RICO action. He also has substantial experience in the commercial arbitration and mediation of disputes both as counsel and as an arbitrator/mediator.
Michael is an Instructor of Civil Trial Practice at Northeastern Law School and serves as Chairman of the Massachusetts Court Management Advisory Board by appointment of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, to advise the Supreme Judicial Court and the trial courts on court administration. He is a past President of the Boston Bar Association. In 2011, the Massachusetts Bar Association gave Michael its Gold Medal Award for distinguished public service.
In October 2011, Michael was appointed by the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court to serve as Chair of a search committee to select the first Court Administrator for the Massachusetts court system.