R. Livingston Keithley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Lakewood, CO

Overton, Lapuyade, Keithley, Gleason, & Schumacher
 | 165 South Union Boulevard, Suite 542
Lakewood, CO 80228
Phone: 303-832-1740
Fax: 303-832-5303
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2016, 2018 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (60%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (20%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Livingston Keithley is a partner at OLKGS, where he focuses his practice on complex civil and business litigation. Located in the firm's office in Lakewood, Colorado, he provides astute representation to businesses and individuals that are located throughout the state. Admitted to practice in Colorado, Mr. Keithley is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado as well as before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 9th, 10th and 11th Circuits. Held in high regard by his colleagues for his successful track record throughout his career, he has been given an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Keithley has also received one of the Forty under 40 Awards that are given annually by the Denver Business Journal.

Part of Mr. Keithley's practice involves labor and employment disputes, and he has represented companies and their management in cases involving wage and hour disputes and discrimination claims. In that capacity, he has appeared on their behalf before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The types of nonemployment law matters that Mr. Keithley has experience in have included contract breaches, shareholder disputes, unfair competition, the misappropriation of trade secrets, and noncompete agreement enforcement. His background additionally encompasses real estate, corporate governance, creditors' rights, RICO claims and professional liability.

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 2002.

*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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (60%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Employment Litigation (20%): Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employer

Employment & Labor (10%): Wage & Hour Laws

Civil Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employer, Wage & Hour Laws


Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2016, 2018 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2010 - 2013

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About Livingston Keithley

Admitted: 2004, Colorado

Professional Webpage: http://overtonlawfirm.com/r-livingston-keithley/


  • Colorado SuperLawyers, 2014-2016
  • Saint Thomas More Award, Colorado Catholic Lawyer’s Guild, 2014
  • Council Silver Beaver Award, Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2014
  • Colorado SuperLawyers “Rising Star,” 2010-2013
  • Finalist, "Up and Coming Lawyers", Law Week Colorado, 2009
  • AV-Preeminent Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Colorado Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2015-Present
  • 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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Denver Bar Association, Professionalism Coordinating Council, 2007-Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for Colorado
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association Professionalism Coordinating Council (2006-present)
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  • Member - American, Colorado, and Denver Bar Associations
  • Member, Minoru Yasui Inn of Court (2004-present) (Board 2004-2010)
  • Member, Colorado Catholic Lawyers Guild (2003-present) (President 2011-12)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • President, Colorado Catholic Lawyers Guild (2011-2012)
  • Member, Regis Jesuit High School Alumni Council (2004-2015)
  • Executive Board Member, Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (2010-present)
  • District Chairman - Frontier District, Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (2010-2014)
  • Mentor, University of Denver Law School Mentor Program, 2008

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


  • 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.
  • 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

Educational Background:

  • Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (B.A. - Government), Dean’s Advisory Board, 1997-1998
  • University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, CO (J.D.)
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Office Location for R. Livingston Keithley

165 South Union Boulevard
Suite 542
Lakewood, CO 80228

Phone: 303-832-1740

Fax: 303-832-5303

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