Keane’s Transition from Military to Law Profiled by Kansas City Business Journal

Shook, Hardy & Bacon Associate Matt Keane joined Shook in the fall of 2013, after a full and decorated military career, including two tours in Iraq. His career change from the Iraq battlefield to the courtroom was profiled in a May 25 Kansas City Business Journal article.

Keane, who is a member of Shook’s Global Product Liability Group, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2002 and was only 50 miles away from ground zero when the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, occurred.

After training, Keane joined the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii and from 2003 to 2004 where he led security patrols and then transitioned to training the Iraqi Army and Police. For 18 months in 2006 and 2007, Keane was a commander for a headquarters company of a Black Hawke helicopter unit.

The Business Journal summarizes his two tours in Iraq, saying, “Keane led about 140 soldiers in his command and earned a Bronze Star for his actions during the entirety of that deployment, which included the Iraq War troop surge in 2007.”

Keane told the Business Journal, “When I was a commander, I realized that I really enjoyed helping people solve their problems and work through things. That’s what lent itself to pursuing a legal career.”

Using the G.I. Bill, Keane attended the University of Kansas School of Law and obtained his law degree. After two summer internships with Shook, Keane knew he wanted to work at Shook.