Lori R. Keeton

Top rated state, local & municipal attorney in Charlotte, North Carolina

The Law Offices of Lori Keeton
Lori R. Keeton
The Law Offices of Lori Keeton

Practice Areas: State, local & municipal, Civil litigation

Licensed in North Carolina since: 1998

Education: University of Florida Levin College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2009, 2011 - 2013

The Law Offices of Lori Keeton

6000 Fairview Rd
Suite 1200
Charlotte, NC 28210 Phone: 704-552-3614 Email: Lori R. Keeton Visit website

Details

Lori Keeton moved to Charlotte, North Carolina after graduating from law school in 1998. She started her own firm in 2017, the Law Offices of Lori Keeton.

Her practice focuses on civil disputes in both state and federal courts with an emphasis on the following areas:

• Municipal and public official liability, including §1983 civil rights and police use of force claims

• Risk management

• Products liability, premises liability and catastrophic injuries

• Personal injury and wrongful death.

Ms. Keeton is admitted to practice before the United States Courts for the Middle, Western and Eastern Districts of North Carolina, the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

First Admitted: 1998, North Carolina

Professional Webpage: https://lorikeetonlaw.com/about/

Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Mediator 2018-present
  • City of Charlotte Women Business Enterprise, 2018-Present
  • City of Charlotte Small Business Enterprise, 2018- Present    
  • North Carolina Historically Underutilized Business, 2018-present    
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Live Loud Collective  (Women's Entrepreneurial Group)- Content Editor, 2017- Present
  • Duke Energy "Girl Power" Event Speaker, 2015
  • Northside City Church- Sunday School Teacher, 2018
  • Selwyn Child Development Center- Board of Directors, 2013-2015
  • Garinger High School Moot Court Trial Team Coach, 2011
  • Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein Community Service Committee- Chair, 2009-2012
  • Northside City Church, Leadership Summit, Speaker, 2015
Educational Background:
  • University of Florida School of Law, With Honors, 1998
  • Stetson University, summa cum laude, 1991-1995
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • A summary of RBG's life and legacy from her time in law school through her time as a Supreme Court judge., author , Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Pioneer and Champion for Wome, GPSolo ABA Journal, 2020
  • Presenter, “The Power of Point of View,” Metrolina Paralegal Association’s Annual CLE Seminar, February 24, , 2017
  • Presenter, Premises Liability Issues for Business Owners, 2012
  • Presenter, Premises Liability Issues Associated with the Democratic National Convention, Mecklenburg County Bar, 2012
  • Presenter, Managing the Risks Associates With Event Planning, International Special Events Society- Charlotte Chapter, 2012
  • Presenter, Preparing for the DNC- Premises Liability and Insurance Considerations, American Society Of International Security- Charlotte Chapter, 2012
  • Presenter, Cover Your Assets, International Special Events Society- Charlotte Chapter, 2014
  • Presenter, Local Goverment and the Law- Legal Issues Involving Local Goverments, National Business Institute, 2012
  • Presenter, Legal Issues in Security Management: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, ADS Technology Showcase Seminar, 2014
  • Author, “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: New North Carolina Law Offers Guidance on the Disclosure of Body and Dash Camera Footage", The Resource, 2016
  • Author, “Up in the Air: The Effect of Estate of Armstrong Ex. Rel. Armstrong v. Vill. Of Pinehurst on Future Taser Usage in the Fourth Circuit”, The Resource, 2016
Verdicts/Settlements:
  • Estate of Franklin v. Wende Kerl, 3:20-CV-00330 (WDNC)- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of police officer resulting in dismissal of all  federal (4th Amendment) and state (wrongful death, assault and battery) claims., 2021
  • Jane Doe v. Bradley Leak et al.,  (3:18-CV-00586 WDNC)-  Obtained summary judgment for school resource officer resulting in dismissal of all claims against him including claims for  Equal Protection violation, negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress and obstruction of justice., 2022
  • Jill Roe v. Bradley Leak et al., 3:19-cv-00694 (WDNC)-  Obtained summary judgment for school resource officer resulting in dismissal of all claims against him including claims for  Equal Protection violation, negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress and obstruction of justice., 2020
  • Tinsley v. City of Charlotte,19-1871 (4th Circuit)- Handled appeal for the City of Charlotte from Western District that resulted in the overturning of a $1.7M verdict and judgment in a sex discrimination case.   See https://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/charlotte-wins-appeal-multi-million-dollar-discrimination-lawsuit/QNV6ZHGMYNDABKQ7LF7AXJWX5Q/    , 2021
  • Aleman v. City of Charlotte, 3:19-cv-00491 (W.D.N.C. Sep. 30, 2021). Obtained summary judgment on behalf of police officer resulting in dismissal of all federal (4th Amendment) and state (NIED, assault and battery) claims., 2021
  • John D. Poetzsch as Administrator of the Estate of Spencer Mims III and Spencer Mims Jr. v. J.B. Donaldson et al.-  Obtained favorable jury verdict ($100k) after defending a police officer in lawsuit claiming negligence, wrongful death and negligent infliction of emotional distress after a mentally ill man was shot and killed.
  • In the Matter of J.A.P. and I.M.P., 189 N.C.App. 683, 659 S.E.2d 14 (2008)- Served as guardian ad litem for minor children and obtained favorable ruling for juveniles and for future cases as Court held that where a juvenile’s guardian ad litem is represented by an attorney advocate, service of the summons on the attorney advocate constitutes service on the guardian ad litem and service on the guardian ad litem constitutes service on the juvenile, which is sufficient to establish subject matter jurisdiction when combined with naming the juvenile in the caption of the summons
  • Kennedy v. Speedway Motorsports, Inc., et al., 178 N.C.App. 314, 631 S.E.2s 212 (2005)- Obtained dismissal of claims for negligence and breach of contract based upon the statute of limitations and statute of repose
  • Funderburk v. Coley, No. 1:15-CV-275, 2015 WL 8179542, at *1 (M.D.N.C. Dec. 7, 2015)- Obtained dismissal of all claims alleged against my clients for violations of state and federal constitutional rights
  • Defeat the Beat, Inc. v. Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, et al., 194 N.C.App. 108, 669 S.E.2d 2d 48 (2008)- Obtained summary judgment for underwriter sued by insured under event cancellation insurance policy for damages allegedly suffered due to cancellation of event
  • In Re Pedestrian Walkway Failure, 173 N.C.App. 254, 618 S.E.2d 796 (2005)- Obtained dismissal of action based upon discovery violations by plaintiff
  • Universal Cab Co. v. City of Charlotte et al., 2015 WL 966302- Obtained dismissal of all claims alleged against my client, including claims for breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, interference with contract, restitution, civil conspiracy, RICO and Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices claims
  • Harris v. Gorrod et al., 3:16-CV-00146-GCM, 2017 WL 3402081, at *1 (W.D.N.C. Aug. 8, 2017), appeal dismissed sub nom., Harris v. City of Charlotte, 706 Fed. Appx. 812 (4th Cir. 2017)- Obtained dismissal of all claims against my client, including  §1983 claims for unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, Conspiracy to Violate Civil Rgihts, Failure to Intervene Pursuant to Section 1983, Assault, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Felonious Restraint, Kidnapping and Negligence and Gross Negligence 
  • HealthPrime, Inc. v. Smith/Packett/Med-Com, LLC, 428 F. App’x 937, 939 (11th Cir. 2011)- Served as local counsel and obtained dismissal of plaintiff’s claims for breach of contract, conversion, misappropriation of corporate funds, and fraud based on statute of limitations
  • Hughes v. Rivera Ortiz, et al., 187 N.C.App. 214, 653 S.E.2d 165 (2007) and Hughes v. Rivera Ortiz, et al., 362 N.C. 235, 659 S.E.2d 732 (2008)- Obtained favorable jury verdict ($1) for physician sued for negligence and related claims by a patient and obtained affirmance of the verdict in both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court and participated in oral arguments in front of the North Carolina Supreme Court
  • Laba v. Copeland, 2016 WL 5958241- Obtained dismissal of all claims, including §1983 claims for unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, assault and battery, false arrest and illegal imprisonment, malicious prosecution, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress and punitive damages
  • Jacobs v. Physicians Weight Loss Centers of America, Inc. et al., 173 N.C.App. 663, 620 S.E.2d 232 (2005)- Obtained dismissal of claims for intentional interference with fiduciary relationship, “pharmacy of choice” statute violation and RICO
  • Massey v. Ojaniit et al., 759 F.3d 343, 347 (4th Cir. 2014)- Obtained dismissal of all claims alleged against my client including § 1983 claims for violation of due process under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, unreasonable seizure and malicious prosecution under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments and conspiracy to contravene his constitutional rights and state law claims of obstruction of justice, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, and conspiracy
  • Cases or matters referenced do not represent the lawyer’s entire record. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicted based upon a lawyer’s or a law firm’s past results.  Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. 
Honors/Awards:
  • Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite- Litigation, Business North Caroilna Magazine, 2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Litigation, Martindale-Hubbell, 2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Litigation, Martindale-Hubbell, 2021
  • Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite- Litigation , Business North Carolina Magazine, 2022
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Municipal Law and Municipal Litigation, Best Lawyers in America , 2020
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Municipal Law and Municipal Litigation, Best Lawyers in America , 2021
  • Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite- Litigation, Business North Carolina Magazine, 2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Litigation, 2020
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Municipal Law, Municipal Litigation and Commercial Law, 2021
  • Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite- Litigation, 2020
  • Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite- Litigation, 2019
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Municipal Law and Municipal Litigation, 2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Litigation, 2019
  • Named one of the "50 Most Influential Women" in Charlotte, 2016
  • Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite- Litigation, 2018
  • Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite- Litigation, 2017
  • Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite- Litigation, 2016
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Municipal Law and Municipal Litigation, 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Litigation, 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Litigation, 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Litigation, 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Litigation, 2015
  • America's Most Honored Professionals Top 1%, 2015-2017
  • Phi Beta Kappa- 1994; Order of the Coif- 1998
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Mecklenburg Bar Foundation- Nominating Committee, 2022
  • Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Nominating Committee Chairperson
  • Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, President, 2019-2020
  • Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Incoming President, 2018-2019
  • American Bar Association, 2017-2020
  • Mecklenburg County Bar- Chair, Social & Networking Committee, 2012-2013; Centennial Events Task Force, 2011-2012
  • Mecklenbug County Bar, Bar Leadership Institute Committee 2013-2016
  • Commercial Real Estate Women ("CREW"), 2018-present
  • Justice Initiatives- Board Member, 2010-2013
  • Women Lawyers of Charlotte, 2017-present
  • Mecklenburg Bar Foundation Board of Directors, 2013-2021
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys- Vice Chair, Government Liability Practice Group, 2009 - 2011; Chair, Government Liability Practice Group, 2012-2013
  • Ayscue Professionalism Award Committee, 2016-2020
  • Women's Business Sorority, 2016-present

Office location for Lori R. Keeton

6000 Fairview Rd
Suite 1200
Charlotte, NC 28210

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6 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2009, 2011 - 2013

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