In 2015, Matt celebrated his 30th anniversary at Shook, Hardy & Bacon. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, Matt is identified in various other publications as a top lawyer in his field.

One of his areas of focus is the preparation and defense of a number of corporate witnesses in national product liability cases. Since 2005, there have been 37 such witnesses in three MDL mass tort proceedings, for a total of 65 days of depositions.

Matt has been an active member of various bar organizations over his career, including the Kansas Bar Association and International Association of Defense Counsel, and serves on the Board of Legal Aid of Western Missouri.

Matt previously served as chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee, and his pro bono efforts have been featured in the Kansas City Star in two stories (January 2, 2010, and March 1, 2015), celebrating Shook's role in facilitating adoptions. Matt has also been quoted in Working Mother magazine.

Representative Jury Trials

Maria Cardenas vs. Boston Scientific (Middlesex County D.C., Mass.), July 2014.  Trial Counsel.  Defense verdict.

Dotres vs. Boston Scientific, consolidated trial (U.S.D.C., S.D. Fla.), November 2014.  Trial Counsel.

Barba vs. John CarlsonBoston Scientific (New Castle County, Del.), May 2015.  Trial Counsel.

McGookin vs. Guidant (Superior Court of St. Joseph County, Ind.), September 2009.  Trial Counsel.  Defense verdict.

Kirkwood vs. MaherGuidant (Allegheny County, Penn.), September 2009.  Trial Counsel.  Directed verdict.

Cavender vs. Wyeth, Fen-Phen trial (U.S.D.C., E.D. Mo.), June 2007.  Trial Counsel.

Weston vs. Wyeth, Fen-Phen trial (Jasper County, Mo.), January 23, 2006.  Trial Counsel.  Defense verdict.

Gaskins vs. Wyeth, Fen-Phen trial (City Circuit Ct., St. Louis, Mo.), September 2004.  Trial Counsel (resolved during trial).

Cooley vs. Butler County, excessive force alleged (U.S.D.C., D. Kan.), March 2003.  Trial Counsel (court appointed).

Janice Halgren vs. Medical Engineering Corp (U.S.D.C., M.D. Fla.), May 2001.  Trial Counsel.  Defense verdict.

Citizens State Bank vs. Shearson Lehman Bros (U.S.D.C., D. KS), October 1990. Prosecution of fraud claim on behalf of lender.  Trial Counsel.  Verdict for client.

Gillespie vs. Larry, Bonnie Brown (Johnson County D.C., KS), October 1991.  Jury Trial.  Verdict for client.

Harrison vs. Odom (Johnson County D.C., Kan.), September 1989. Trial Counsel.  Verdict for client.

Eckert vs. Walker (Johnson County D.C., Kan.), February 1989.  Trial Counsel.  Verdict for client.

Jones vs. State Farm (Wyandotte County D.C., Kan.), October 1986.  Trial Counsel.


Presenter, Enlisting the best and the brightest attorneys to fight for the poor: Shook, Hardy’s pro bono initiatives, International Association of Defense Counsel Mid-Year Meeting, February 22, 2016.

Panel Chair, Civility and Professionalism in State Bar, Kansas Bar Convention, June 19, 2015.

Presenter, Rambo vs. Atticus Finch: In private practice, do nice guys still finish first?, Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas CLE, June 7, 2013. 

Panel Chair, Civility and Professionalism, June 2012. Panel composed entirely of military veterans, including two attorneys who served the country in WWII, one who served in Korea, and another who had distinguished service in Vietnam.

Panelist, Improving Partner Participation in Pro Bono, Pro Bono Institute Conference, March 28, 2012.

Presenter, Ethics and Professionalism, DRI’s 27th Annual Drug and Medical Device Seminar, May 2011.

Presenter, Navigating the Fall-Out from Preemption: Preserving the Defense in Your Device Cases and Developing Strategies for FDA Testimony in Drug Litigation, American Conference Institute’s 15th Anniversary Drug & Medical Device Litigation Program, December 7-9, 2010.

Roundtable Chair, The State of Civility in the Kansas Bar, Kansas Bar Convention, June 10-11, 2010. Panel included, among others, Federal Judge John Lungstrum, Federal Magistrate Karen Humphries, and State District Court Judge Kim Schroeder.

Presenter, Preparing the Corporate Representative for Deposition, International Association of Defense Counsel Webinar, May 26, 2010.

Publications and Media

Defending Company Witnesses

Matthew D. Keenan, Five Tips for Preparing Sales Reps for Trial Examination, Law360, September 29, 2016.

Matthew D. Keenan, 8 Simple Rules for Successful Direct Exam, Law360, May 14, 2009.

Matthew D. Keenan, Preparing a Witness for a Successful Deposition, Law360, September 10, 2008.

Zimmer's Expert Takedown Poses Hurdles For Knee Patients, Law360, November 12, 2015.

Matthew D. Keenan, Co-author, When to Push for a Determination Under Riegel, Law360, February 2011. 

Riegel Loophole Keeps PMA Device Cases Afloat, Law360, July 17, 2013. 

Medical Device Litigation

Matthew D. Keenan, Co-author, New Healthcare Lien Recovery Theories by Third-Party Payors: Strategies and Tactics for the Defense, Defense Counsel Journal, April 2012, at 140. 

Matthew D. Keenan, A More Potent Defense for Drug Manufacturers, For The Defense, May 2006, at 56. 

Honoring Our Veterans

Matthew D. Keenan, Vietnam Eight Who Served, The Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, December/November 2015, at 39.

Matthew D. Keenan, The KBA Convention, Civility, and Our Veterans, The Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, April 2012, at 11. 

Matthew D. Keenan, The Greatest Generation of Kansas Lawyers – 19 Kansans who served in WW2 and then joined the Kansas bar, The Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, March 2011, at 17. 

Civility and Professionalism

Matthew D. Keenan, Modesty, Humility, and What We Can Learn from Our Senior Attorneys, The Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, May 2012, at 11. 

Matthew D. Keenan, Civility, Professionalism, and Good Deeds: The State of the Kansas Bar, The Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, May 2009, at 9.

Matthew D. Keenan, A Model of Professionalism: John Carpenter, The Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, January 2009, at 12. 

Matthew D. Keenan, Ten Commandments of Civility, Kansas Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 2008. 

Matthew D. Keenan, How Nice Guys Finish First, IADC Trial Techniques and Tactics Committee Newsletter, June 2009, at 2; reprinted in Defense Counsel Journal, July 2009.

How can Al Watkins say those things?, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, October 17, 2013.


Matthew D. Keenan, Travel Nightmare, Version XI, The Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, September 2015, at 12.

Matthew D. Keenan, Greensburg, Kansas, and Charley Herd, The Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, March 2009, at 9.

Matthew D. Keenan, Lewis Walked into the Unknown and Made a Difference, The Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, November/December 2008, at 9. 

Matthew D. Keenan, Mario Chalmers v. “Rope” Engleman: No Contest, The Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, June 2008, at 8. 

Matthew D. Keenan, We Knew the Real Killer Before the First Commercial Break, The Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, May 2006, at 9.