R. Livingston Keithley

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Denver, Colorado

Antero Law, LLC
R. Livingston Keithley
Antero Law, LLC

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Employment & Labor view more

Licensed in Colorado since: 2004

Education: University of Colorado Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2016, 2018 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2013

Antero Law, LLC

1700 Broadway
Suite 640
Denver, CO 80290 Phone: 720-990-5530 Email: R. Livingston Keithley Visit website


Livingston Keithley focuses his practice on complex civil and business litigation, providing representation to businesses and individuals that are located throughout Colorado.  Mr. Keithley is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Colorado, as well as before the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Held in high regard by his colleagues for his successful track record throughout his career, he has been awarded an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Keithley has also been recognized with a Forty under 40 Award that are given annually by the Denver Business Journal.

Mr. Keithley's practice focuses on representing businesses in litigation and arbitration disputes, including corporate governance, business dissolution disputes, creditors' rights, RICO claims, and real estate disputes.  He works with his clients and the opposing side to find a fair, economic, and reasonable solution.  Mr. Keithley's practice also includes defense of employment disputes, including wage and hour claims, discrimination claims, and non-compete and trade secret enforcement.

Mr. Keithley has lectured and written extensively on topics related to his practice areas. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he majored in government and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1998. Mr. Keithley's legal education came at the University of Colorado Law School, and he was the Associate Editor of the University of Colorado Law Review before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 2004.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Employment & Labor: Employer, Employment Litigation: Defense

First Admitted: 2004, Colorado

Professional Webpage: http://www.linkedin.com/in/livingstonkeithley

  • Colorado SuperLawyers, 2014-2016, 2018-2022, SuperLawyers
  • AV-Preeminent Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Honored as one of the 2012 "Forty Under 40" by the Denver Business Journal, a distinction awarded based upon business leadership, recognition of accomplishments, and community involvement., Forty Under 40, Denver Business Journal, 2012
  • Finalist, "Up and Coming Lawyers", Law Week Colorado, 2009
  • Colorado SuperLawyers “Rising Star,” 2010-2013
  • Saint Thomas More Award, Colorado Catholic Lawyer’s Guild, 2014
  • Council Silver Beaver Award, Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2014
  • Colorado Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2015-Present
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • State of Colorado
  • Member - American, Colorado, and Denver Bar Associations
  • U.S. District Court for Colorado
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (inactive)
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association Professionalism Coordinating Council (2006-present)
  • Denver Bar Association, Professionalism Coordinating Council, 2007-Present
  • Member, Minoru Yasui Inn of Court (2004-present) (Board 2004-2010)
  • Member, Colorado Catholic Lawyers Guild (2003-present) (President 2011-12)
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • P.F.P. Family Holdings, L.P. v. Stan Lee Media, Inc., 252 P.3d 1 (Colo. Ct. App. 2010), cert. denied Oct. 18, 2010 - judgment in favor of client concerning corporate director election process and criteria, and validity of shareholder votes, reversing trial court's summary adoption of special master report.
  • Lincoln v. Zhang - prevailed in jury verdict representing member-manager of real estate investment LLC in defending claims brought by purported investors, and in obtaining $1 million jury verdict against investors on counterclaims and assigned claims., 2021
  • Telestrata, LLC v. NetTALK.com, Inc., 126 F.Supp.3d 1344 (S.D.Fla. 2015), 2015
  • Burr v. Moyer, 10-CV-1503 (D. Colo. 2012) - summary judgment granted in favor of client on breach of real estate contract (2012 WL 364072)., 2012
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Eagle Scout
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • President, Colorado Catholic Lawyers Guild (2011-2012)
  • Member, Regis Jesuit High School Alumni Council (2004-2015)
  • Board of Trustees Member, Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (2022-present); Executive Board Member (2010-2022).
  • District Chairman - Frontier District, Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (2010-2014)
  • Mentor, University of Denver Law School Mentor Program, 2008
Educational Background:
  • Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (B.A. - Government), Dean’s Advisory Board, 1997-1998, 1998
  • University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, CO (J.D.), 2004
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Comment, "Should a Lawyer Ever Be Allowed to Lie?  People v. Pautler and a Proposed Duress Exception," 75 U. Colo. L. Rev. 301 (2004), 2004
  • Co-Author, How to Litigate Your First Civil Trial in Colorado, National Business Institute
  • Author, Should a Lawyer Ever Be Allowed to Lie? People v. Pautler and a Proposed Duress Exception, 75 University of Colorado Law Review 301 (2004)
  • Author, Keeping it Human: A (Rather) New Lawyer’s Perspective on Professionalism, 42 Colorado Lawyer no. 10, p. 69 (October 2013)
  • E-Discovery: Tools and Tricks, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (2014 Winter Meeting)
  • Ethics and Cybersecurity, Colorado Catholic Lawyers Guild Seminar (Oct. 2015)
  • E-Discovery Tips and Tricks, 33rd National CLE Conference, Labor & Employment Law Section, Vail, Colorado (Jan. 2016)
  • University of Colorado Law Review, Associate Editor, 2003-2004

Office location for R. Livingston Keithley

1700 Broadway
Suite 640
Denver, CO 80290


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