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J. Robert Keena

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Construction Litigation Attorney in Edina, MN

Hellmuth & Johnson
8050 West 78th Street
Edina, MN 55439
Phone: 952-746-2113
Fax: 952-941-2337
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2004, 2007 - 2008
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 1995
Practice Areas: Construction Litigation: Consumer, Business Litigation, Appellate, General Litigation
Attorney Profile

Attorney J. Robert Keena is a partner with the law firm of Hellmuth & Johnson in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he also serves on the firm's board of governors. At the firm, Mr. Keena chairs the litigation department, leading a team of 35 litigation attorneys with their efforts representing individual and commercial clients throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Illinois.

A tenacious litigator and creative problem solver, Mr. Keena embraces the opportunity to handle complex and challenging legal issues. Active in the firm's real estate, construction, and employment law practices, he uses his extensive legal experience to provide the highest level of service possible to those with legal matters involving any of the following:

·         Complex multiparty litigation

·         Commercial disputes

·         Mortgage loan repurchases and buy-back litigation

·         Construction disputes and construction defect claims defense

·         Employment law and litigation

·         Insurance claims

·         Probate litigation

A 1991 graduate of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Mr. Keena obtained his Juris Doctor in 1995 from Golden Gate University School of Law, where he received a criminal law award for his exceptional academic achievements. Along with practicing before all Minnesota state courts, he also practices before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. In addition, he holds his license to practice law in both North Dakota and Illinois.

Well-versed in his practice areas, Mr. Keena frequently writes and speaks on a variety of legal topics involving construction law and litigation. Recognized for his extensive legal knowledge, he has offered commentary on several television news programs and been cited in a number of news and trade publications. Fully committed to his practice, he is actively involved with both the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Hennepin County Bar Association.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Construction Litigation: Consumer
  • 40%Business Litigation
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%General Litigation
Focus Areas

Construction Defects


15 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2004, 2007 - 2008

About J. Robert Keena

First Admitted: 1995, Minnesota

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Educational Background

  • University of Minnesota, B.A., History

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • State of Minnesota
  • Federal District Court of Minnesota
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
  • State of Illinois
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • State of North Dakota


  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® List, 2008-2016
  • Minnesota Rising Star
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Office Location for J. Robert Keena

8050 West 78th Street
Edina, MN 55439

Phone: 952-746-2113

Fax: 952-941-2337

Last Updated: 9/28/2022

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