Barton R. Keyes

Top rated civil rights attorney in Columbus, Ohio

Cooper Elliott
Barton R. Keyes
Cooper Elliott

Practice Areas: Civil rights, Business litigation, Personal injury; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 2008

Education: The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018, 2021 - 2023
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305 West Nationwide Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43215 Visit website


Barton R. Keyes is an attorney at Cooper Elliot in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Keyes concentrates his practice on personal injury, business and civil rights law, representing clients in Columbus and throughout Ohio. He has over a decade of legal experience and provides committed and personal representation to his clients.

Over his career, Mr. Keyes has successfully recovered sizeable amounts through litigation, arbitration or settlements for Ohio residents. He strongly advocates for the legal rights of his clients, fighting for their right to compensation.

Recognized as a valued contributor to the legal community, Mr. Keyes keeps his legal knowledge and skills current and maintains strong relationships with his colleagues through membership in professional organizations. He is a member of the Columbus Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice.

Raised in Painesville, Ohio, Mr. Keyes graduated magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University with bachelor’s degrees in theater and political science. From there, he went on to receive his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He is the author of articles for the Ohio State Law Journal and the Ohio Association for Justice Quarterly.

Mr. Keyes is licensed to practice law before all Ohio state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th and 6th Circuits. He joined Cooper Elliot in 2011.

Practice areas

Civil rights, Business litigation, Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Civil litigation: plaintiff

Focus areas

Americans with disabilities act, Police misconduct, Race discrimination, Discrimination, Trade secret, Non-compete agreements, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Wrongful death, Dram shop laws, Construction accident, Brain injury, Sexual abuse - plaintiff, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff

  • 30% Civil rights
  • 30% Business litigation
  • 30% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 10% Civil litigation: plaintiff

First Admitted: 2008, Ohio

Professional Webpage:

  • Named as Super Lawyers Rising Star
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Columbus Bar Association, Member, 2022
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member, 2022
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Member, 2022
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 2022
Educational Background:
  • Case Western Reserve University Bachelor of Arts, Theater and Political Science Magna Cum Laude, 2005
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Advises attorneys on the value of using public records requests to build evidence to investigate and support product liability cases., Author, Using Public Records Requests to Build Your Products Case, Ohio Association for Justice Quarterly, October 2018, Litigation, 2018
  • Discusses the various approaches courts have used to determine copyright protection of useful articles and proposes a practical approach, Author, Alive and Well: The (Still) Ongoing Debate Surrounding Conceptual Separability in American Copyright Law, Ohio State Law Journal, Vol. 69, No. 1, Intellectual Property, Art And Design, 2008
  • $1,900,000 wrongful conviction settlement and judgment for two clients wrongfully convicted of child sex abuse., 2020
  • $350,000 wrongful conviction settlement and judgment for client wrongfully convicted of assault., 2021
  • $2,325,000 wrongful conviction settlement and judgment for client wrongfully convicted of murder., 2021
  • $1,646,753 verdict for cyclist run over by employee driving after work, 2019
  • $1,000,000 arbitration award for business owner whose partner did not properly transfer ownership interest, 2018
  • $1,900,000 settlement for family of child killed by a falling stove the apartment owner had not secured, 2017
  • $638,845 arbitration award for CEO who was terminated without cause, 2017
  • $2,713,258 verdict for business owners defrauded in the sale of their business, 2013
  • $623,380 verdict for a woman who was sexually assaulted, 2013
  • $277,385 arbitration award for squeezed-out business owner improperly denied profits by former partners, 2012
Industry Groups:
  • American Association For Justice
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio Association For Justice
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Office location for Barton R. Keyes

305 West Nationwide Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614-481-6000


7 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018, 2021 - 2023

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