Brian J. McKeen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Detroit, MI

McKeen & Associates, PC
 | 645 Griswold Street, Suite 4200
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: 313-961-4400
Fax: 313-961-5985
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Brian J. McKeen is the founding partner of McKeen & Associates, P.C., a Detroit-based personal injury and medical malpractice law firm serving clients in Michigan and nationwide. Over the course of his career, Brian has become both a powerful advocate for his clients and one of the foremost medical malpractice and birth injury attorneys in Michigan. Since 2001, in fact, McKeen & Associates has generated the year's top verdict in Michigan four times, including a record medical malpractice verdict of $55 million in 2001.

    Brian is a 1982 graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School and has been an active member and leader in various legal associations throughout his career. He currently sits on the executive board of the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) and the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). For AAJ, McKeen serves as the chair of the Professional Negligence Section and co-chair of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group. He is also a former co-chair of the AAJ's Medical Negligence Exchange Group. He is a frequent lecturer for both organizations and has authored numerous articles.

    Practice Areas
    • 90%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury


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    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020

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    About Brian McKeen

    Admitted: 1982, Michigan

    Professional Webpage:


    • Dedicated Service and Outstanding Leadership for the Personal Injury Institute at the 2015 Primerus Global Conference, Primerus, 2015
    • Best Law Firms (U.S. News), 2015
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2015
    • dBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, 2015
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2014
    • Leaders in the Law, 2014
    • dBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, 2014
    • Dan Cullen Memorial Award, 2013
    • dBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, 2013
    • dBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, 2012
    • Weidman & Wysocki Award, 2010
    • The Inner Circle of Advocates
    • Michigan Lawyers Weekly "2006 Lawyers of the Year"
    • Society of Barristers, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    • Moot Court Competition, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    • Named in Top 100 Lawyers in State of Michigan

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1982
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1982
    • Melvin M. Belli Society
    • Detroit Barristers Association
    • Detroit Bar Association, Public Speakers Bureau, Board of Directors
    • Oakland County Bar Association, Medical Legal Committee
    • State Bar Appellate Court
    • Member, State Bar of Michigan, Negligence Law, Arts, Communications, Entertainment and Sports Sections
    • Board of Directors, American Prepaid Legal Services Institute, 1983 - 1985
    • Member, American Bar Association
    • Board of Directors, Michigan Association for Justice (Executive Board)
    • Member, Board of Governors, American Association for Justice
    • Federal Bar Association
    • The Inner Circle of Advocates
    • Incorporated Society of Irish/American Lawyers
    • International Society of Primerus Law Firms
    • American Judicature Society
    • Detroit Bar Association
    • Metropolitan Detroit Bar Association
    • Wolverine Bar Association
    • Oakland County Bar Association
    • State Bar of Michigan

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Advanced Medical Trial Skills College - Faculty, AAJ, 2016
    • 9th Annual Bench & Bar Seminar - Co-Host/Moderator, MAJ, 2016
    • 71st Annual Convention - Cross Examination, MAJ, 2016
    • Decision Making and Errors in the Emergency Room - Faculty, AAJ, 2015
    • Deposing the Defense Medical Examiner/Trial Deposition of Expert, AAJ, 2015
    • 70th Annual Rapid Fire Seminar - Modern Voir Dire, MAJ, 2015
    • Nuts & Bolts for a Successful Mediation - Evening Forum Moderator, MAJ, 2015
    • 8th Annual Bench & Bar Seminar - Moderator, MAJ, 2015
    • 69th Annual Rapid Fire Seminar - Hard Hitting Closing Arguments, MAJ, 2014
    • Medical Malpractice Seminar, Establishing/Formatting Rules of the Road for your Case, MAJ, 2014
    • Voir Dire Seminar - The Importance of Attorney Conducted Voir Dire, Motions in Limine and Preserving the Record, MAJ, 2013
    • 68th Annual Rapid Fire Seminar - Reptile Theory and Counter Inoculation, MAJ, 2013
    • Storytelling to Engage the Jury's Imagination - Moderator, MAJ, 2013
    • Trial Institute - Keys to Success, MAJ, 2012
    • Seminar Moderator, MAJ, 2012
    • New Lawyers Workshop - Taking Expert Deps as Cross Exam, MAJ, 2011
    • 66th Annual Rapid Fire Seminar - Speaker - Cross Examination of Doctors - Rules of the Road  , MAJ, 2011
    • AAJ Litigating Medical Negligence and Injured Infant Cases Seminar - Speaker - Effective Techniques in Depositions, AAJ, 2011
    • 21st Annual Seminar in the Snow - Speaker - Using the Rules of the Road When Taking Depositions, MAJ, 2011
    • Lecturer on Hospital Liability, Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group, 2010
    • MAJ Winning Strategies for Your Med Mal Cases - Speaker - Closing Argument (An Actual Live Presentation of a Closing Argument), MAJ, 2010
    • Pan European Organization of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL) - Theories of Hospital Liability in U.S. Courts, Pan European Organization Of Personal Injury Lawyers, 2010
    • AAJ Trial Institute - Faculty, 2010
    • AAJ Litigating Medical Negligence and Injured Infant Cases Seminar - Speaker The Infant Life Care Plan - Providing for the Life Long Needs of a Child, AAJ, 2010
    • MAJ - Seeking Recovery for Medical Malpractice in Michigan:  Is there Light at the End of the Tunnel?  Speaker - Cross-Examination, Michigan Association For Justice, 2009
    • Meadowlands Seminar.  Speaker - Effective Opening Statements, New Jersey Association For Justice, 2009
    • 2009 IAJ Annual Convention - Speaker - It Can Happen in Iowa:  Identifying Jurors Who Will Think Big, Iowa Association For Justice, 2009
    • MTLA 62nd Annual Convention - Speaker - Trial Techniques to Maximize Non-Economic Damages, MTLA, 2007
    • MAJ - It's All About the Jury.  Speaker - Juror Persuasion, Michigan Association For Justice, 2007
    • Lecturer on Medical/Obstetrics and the Law, Boston University School Of Medicine And The Center For Human Genetics, 2007
    • 15th Annual Seminar in the Snow - Speaker - The Winning Edge in Medical Malpractice Litigation, MTLA, 2005
    • 2005 ATLA Annual Convention, Toronto, Ontario  - Speaker - Chain of Command, ATLA - Professional Negligence Section, 2005
    • 14th Annual Seminar in the Snow - Speaker - Medical Malpractice Update, MTLA, 2004
    • 13th Annual Seminar in the Snow - Speaker - Medical Malpractice Update, MTLA, 2003
    • MAJ - New Ways to Succeed  Speaker - Techniques to Maximize Economic and Non-Economic Damages, MAJ, 2003
    • 12th Annual Seminar in the Snow - Speaker - Medical Malpractice Update, MTLA, 2002
    • 11th Annual Seminar in the Snow - Litigation Strategies and Techniques Speaker - Evaluating and Preparing Medical Malpractice Claims, MTLA, 2001
    • MAJ - The Nuts & Bolts of Personal Injury Practice Speaker - Medical Malpractice, MTLA, 1998
    • 3rd Annual Seminar in the Snow - Moderator - The Myth of Junk Science, MTLA, 1993
    • Litigating Medical Negligence and Injured Infants Case Seminar, AAJ
    • Law Review: Pillar, Cooley Law School Newspaper, Contributor
    • Law Journal: Michigan Bar Journal, Current Law Notes Staff


    • $8,500,000.00 - Perforation of spinal cord during surgery resulting in quadriplegia
    • $8,500,000.00 - Airway obstruction, anoxic brain damage
    • $9,000,000.00 - Failure to timely diagnose and treat a splenic artery bleed
    • $11,000,000.00 - Postpartum hemorrhage resulting in arrest causing quadripareses and cortical blindness
    • $11,000,000 - Delay in diagnosing fetal distress
    • $12,000,000.00 - Traumatic vacuum delivery
    • $15,800,000.00 - Cord compression resulting in severe hypoxic ischemic injury
    • $19,800,000.00 - Delay in delivery causing meconium aspiration syndrome
    • $55,000,000.00 - Infant respiratory arrest
    • $22,000,000.00 - Preterm Labor
    • $22,000,000.00 - Birth Trauma
    • $35,000,000.00 - Hypoxic Ischemic brain damage suffered at detox clinic
    • $1,800,000.00 - Emergency medicine and obstetric staff failed to promptly evaluate the status of an unborn baby following a motor vehicle accident involving the baby’s mother.  The accident contributed to the development of a placental abruption which, over time, deprived the baby of blood and oxygen.  The delay in evaluating the baby resulted in a delay in recognition of fetal distress and delivery by c-section.  The delay in delivery caused permanent brain injury, cerebral palsy, and developmental delays.
    • $2,600,000.00 - An obstetrician and obstetric nurses failed to recognize the need for delivery by c-section based on abnormal fetal monitor tracings and possible infection.  Due to the delay in delivery the child experienced lack of blood and oxygen prior to birth which caused injury to the brain.  Following delivery, neonatologists failed to properly resuscitate the child and failed to control seizure activity which contributed to the child’s brain injury.  The child has permanent brain injury, cerebral palsy, and developmental delays as a result of the improper care.
    • $3,360,000.00 - Internal medicine doctors, nurses, and neurosurgical staff failed to take the proper steps to allow performance of an MRI to confirm a suspected spinal epidural abscess (SEA) in a young man with a history of injection drug use. Due to the delay in performing the MRI there was a delay in performance of surgery once the patient developed signs and symptoms of spinal cord compression. The delay in performing surgery resulted in the patient developing permanent paraplegia from the level of C-7 down. The patient now requires 24 hour, round-the-clock care.
    • $6,000,000.00  - Pediatricians and pediatric nurses failed to correctly monitor a newborn’s blood sugar and allowed the baby to be discharged before it was proven that the baby could maintain adequate blood sugar levels on oral feedings alone.  As a result of the failure to keep the baby and continue to monitor the baby developed severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) while at home.  The hypoglycemia resulted in permanent brain injury and developmental delays.
    • $3,500,000.00 - Failure to operate on subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and hemorrhagic stroke causing persistent vegetative state.
    • $4,000,000.00 - Failure to diagnose and treat subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), causing life-long paralysis and other brain damage.
    • $1,350,000.00 - Learning disabilities, decreased IQ and global neurological injury caused by failure to perform a ceesarean section in response to repetitive deep variable decelerations on fetal heart monitor.
    • $6,000,000.00  - An obstetrician and obstetrical nurse failed to recognize that use of Pitocin was causing too frequent uterine contractions which in turn caused the fetus to be less able to tolerate the stress of labor. Rather than perform a c-section (which the mother consented to) the doctor and nurse continued to administer Pitocin until the baby developed severe bradycardia (low heart beat) which caused permanent brain injury, cerebral palsy, and developmental delays.
    • $4,875,000.00 - Brain damage and cerebral palsy (CP) caused by failure to diagnose and treat twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS)
    • $1,375,000 - Permanent paralysis caused by inappropriate surgical positioning for tracheal resection procedure in terminally ill cancer patient.
    • $1,650,000 - Failure to perform cesarean section given signs and symptoms of placental abruption and nonreassuring signs of fetal distress on fetal heart monitor, causing spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy (CP).
    • $1,750,000 - Failure to diagnose hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) which resulted in atypical global neurological deficits in the absence of cerebral palsy.
    • $1,800,000 - Failure to respond to victim of car accident's hyponatremia after traumatic brain injury (TBI) causing cerebral edema, brainstem herniation, Duret hemorrhage and death.
    • $2,600,000 - Failure to give mother options as to screening for Group Beta Streptococcus (GBS) combined with negligent uterine hyperstimulation during labor, causing catastrophic brain damage and cerebral palsy (CP).
    • $2,750,000 - Failure to suspect or rule out active labor in high risk mother expecting twins, causing cord compression and cerebral palsy (CP) in one twin.


    Educational Background:

    • Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, B.S. in Business Administration and Political Science, 1978
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    Office Location for Brian J. McKeen

    645 Griswold Street
    Suite 4200
    Detroit, MI 48226

    Phone: 313-961-4400

    Fax: 313-961-5985

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    Last Updated: 5/7/2020

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