Lori R. Keeton

Lori R. Keeton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Attorney in Charlotte, NC

The Law Offices of Lori Keeton
 | 13850 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Suite 500
Charlotte, NC 28227
Phone: 704-887-5219
Fax: 704-919-5059
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009, 2011 - 2013
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • State, Local & Municipal (70%),
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

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.

White Papers

  • Recent Developments in Insurance Coverage Litigation: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Risks, Interpreting Policy Language, and Developing a Litigation Strategy (Inside the Minds) (2011) - Business Interruption Coverage in the Wake of the Gulf Oil Spill:  The Devil is in the Details

  • About Lori Keeton

    Admitted: 1998, North Carolina

    Professional Webpage: http://lorikeetonlaw.com/biography/

    Honors/Awards:

    • 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

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Mediator 2018-2019
    • City of Charlotte Women Business Enterprise, 2018-Present
    • City of Charlotte Small Business Enterprise, 2018- Present    
    • North Carolina Historically Underutilized Business, 2018-present    

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, President, 2019-2020
    • Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Incoming President, 2018-2019
    • American Bar Association, 2017-present
    • 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-present
    • 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-present
    • Women's Business Sorority, 2016-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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • 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:

    • 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. 

    Educational Background:

    • University of Florida School of Law, With Honors, 1998
    • Stetson University, summa cum laude, 1991-1995

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    13850 Ballantyne Corporate Place
    Suite 500
    Charlotte, NC 28227

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