J. Keith Killian

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Grand Junction, CO

Killian Davis Richter & Mayle, PC
 | 202 North 7th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501
Phone: 970-241-0707
Fax: 970-242-8375
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (20%)
Attorney Profile

Keith has been practicing law since 1978 with a focus on personal injury, workers' compensation, product liability and Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) cases. He is a shareholder of KILLIAN DAVIS Richter & Mayle PC  in Grand Junction, Colorado. He is a past president and current board member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and a Leaders Forum Member of the American Association for Justice.

Keith has represented injured workers and survivors of those who died in coal mine, methane or hydrocarbon explosions and roof falls. He has represented clients involved in catastrophic propane and toxic chemical explosions and fires. He has a great number of clients who have been awarded administrative benefits due to radiation exposure resulting from uranium mining, milling, ore hauling and processing. He has represented clients in product liability matters including air bag and propeller strike cases. The firm has a large motor vehicle collision trial practice.

Keith earned his J.D. from the University of Colorado, School of Law in Boulder. Keith served as a Judge Advocate General and was promoted to Major in that capacity while in the US Air Force. He was a Colorado State Public Defender. He is or has been a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association, the Plaintiff Employment Law Association, the National Employment Law Association and the Faculty of Federal Advocates. He has helped draft and has proposed legislation at the state and federal level. He previously served on the Legislative Policy Committee of the Colorado Bar Association. He has taught CLE classes on a number of subjects. 

In 1994, the National College of Advocacy designated Keith as a Trial Advocate. The Colorado Bar Fellows has recognized Keith as practicing in the top 5 percent of his profession in the practice area of personal injury. Keith was selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers for 2011.  In 2013 Keith Killian and Damon Davis were one of three nominations for CTLA Case of the Year. (Collard v. Vista Paving, 292 P.3d 1232 (Colo. App. 2012) 

Practice Areas
  • 80%Personal Injury - General
  • 20%Workers' Compensation
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020

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About Keith Killian

Admitted: 1978, Colorado

Professional Webpage: http://www.killianlaw.com/attorneys/j-k-killian/


  • Fellow, Colorado Bar Foundation, 2006
  • Recognition from the National Trial Lawyers indicating selection as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers for 2011 and 2012., Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
  • National College of Advocacy Diplomates, American Association for Justice, 2015

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • I am a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2006 - 2007
  • Member, National Employment Law Association
  • Colorado, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2000
  • Member, American Association for Justice, Leader's Forum
  • Member, Plaintiff's Employment Law Association
  • United States District Court, District of North Dakota, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1979
  • Navajo Nation, 2007
  • Board Member, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 1997 - Present
  • Member, Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2005

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Pro bono work through Mesa County Bar Association's Call a Lawyer Night.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • One of the authors of The Practitioners Guide to Colorado Employment Law, Second Ed. (Sean R. Gallagher, Kathryn E. Miller, and Jessica Brown eds. CLE in Colo., Inc 2008)
  • Presentation- ETHICS: Evidentiary Disclosures: When, What, and Why Must Stuff be Disclosed. , Author/Presenter, Evidence, Ethics, and Motions Seminar, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
  • Evidentiary Disclosures, Author/Presenter, Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association's 2016 Annual Convention, Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Evidentiary Disclosures, Author/Presenter, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association 2016 Convention, And Motions Seminar, Ethics, Evidence, 2016
  • Presentation- Recent Important Premises Liability Developments, Author/Presenter, Premises Liability Litigation Hear From Both Sides of the Bar, Colorado Bar Association CLE, 2013


  • Keith has settled and obtained judgments on cases for more than $1,000,000.00. He has tried more than 20 jury trials in civil cases as lead counsel and tried numerous other matters. 

Representative Clients:

  • Hackwell v. United States, 491 F.3d 1229 (10th Cir. 2007)
  • Collard v. Vista Paving, 292 P.3d 1232 (Colo. App. 2012)
  • Hall v. Claussen, 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS 3404
  • Community Hosp. v. Fail, 969 P.2d 667, Colorado Supreme Court, 1998
  • Dillon v. Mountain Coal Co., LLC, 569 F.3d 1215 (10th Cir. 2009)
  • Black v. Waterman, 83 P.3d 1130, Colo. App., 2003
  • Reynolds v. Staff Administrators, 977 P.2d 866, Colorado Supreme Court, 1999
  • Garrigan v. Bowen, 243 P.3d 231, Colorado Supreme Court, 2010
  • McManus v. Indus Claim Appeals Office, 81 P.3d 1074
  • Hall v. Claussen, 246 F.3d 681, 10th Cir., 2001
  • Bowe v. SMC Elec. Prods., Inc. 945 F. Supp 1482, D. Colo., 1996

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2006


Educational Background:

  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, B.A. in Political Science, Pi Sigma Alpha Honorary Society, 1975

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Navajo Nation Bar Association
  • Public Justice And National Trial Lawyers Association
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Office Location for J. Keith Killian

202 North 7th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Phone: 970-241-0707

Fax: 970-242-8375

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Last Updated: 8/7/2019

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