Matt's practice focuses on the defense of corporations in high-profile, multidefendant product liability litigation in state and federal courts. Matt is familiar with all stages of litigation from strategy development, fact investigation, discovery, depositions, preparing expert witnesses and motion practice, through trial. Matt has served on ten trial teams representing tobacco companies in wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits—the majority of which have resulted in defense verdicts for his client, with only one resulting in a final plaintiff’s verdict.

Pro bono work is also important to Matt. He currently serves as a guardian ad litem in Missouri and regularly represents juveniles in family court.

Before becoming an attorney, Matt was an officer on active duty in the U.S. Army, and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. During his military career, he volunteered to become an Airborne Ranger, served multiple combat tours in Iraq, was awarded a top secret security clearance, and was recognized with numerous decorations, including the Bronze Star and three Meritorious Service Medals. Matt’s military experiences range from leading soldiers in combat as a company commander to teaching military science and leadership at Purdue University. Having attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he currently serves in the Kansas Army National Guard as the Operations Officer for the 635th Regional Support Group, Rear Detachment. Matt's military career and journey to law were profiled in a May 2015 article in the Kansas City Business Journal.


Representative Matters

  • Kogan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Palm Beach County, Florida, 2017 – Full defense verdict.
  • Howles v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Broward County, Florida, 2016 – Plaintiff’s verdict on retrial.
  • McCabe v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Hillsborough County, Florida, 2016 – Favorable settlement following jury selection.
  • Howles v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Broward County, Florida, 2016 – Hung jury mistrial.
  • Suarez v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Miami-Dade County, Florida, 2015 – Full defense verdict.
  • Pollari v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Broward County, Florida, 2015 – Plaintiff’s verdict, reversed on appeal.
  • Starbuck v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2014 – Full defense verdict on retrial.
  • Surico v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Lee County, Florida, 2014 – Full defense verdict.
  • Gonzalez v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Miami-Dade County, Florida, 2014 – Full defense verdict.

Publications  

Lumen Mulligan, Scott Kaiser, and Matt Keane, Brief for VersaMe, Inc. as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner, April 8, 2016; in Bernardo ex rel. M &K Eng’g, Inc. v. Johnson, 814 F.3d 481 (1st Cir.), cert denied, 136 S. Ct. 2487 (2016).

Media

From Iraq to a courtroom: Keane’s career path is not typical, Kansas City Business Journal, May 25, 2015.