Matt Keenan was nominated to serve on the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation by President Donald Trump, and the U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination August 1, 2019.
Mr. Keenan is a partner at globally recognized Shook, Hardy & Bacon where he has practiced for more than three decades primarily focusing on the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. One of his areas of focus is the preparation and defense of corporate witnesses in national product liability cases. During his career, he has tried jury trials in seven states. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).
Mr. Keenan has also published and spoken on topics pertinent to product liability and his work Shas appeared in the Food and Drug Law Journal, Today’s General Counsel, For the Defense, the Defense Counsel Journal, Law360, The Kansas Bar Journal and The Kansas City Star.
In addition to his defense practice, he also maintains an active pro bono docket, and has served on the Board of Legal Aid of Western Missouri and chaired Shook’s Pro Bono Committee for eight years. Shook is committed to various pro bono initiatives and annually donates 25,000 + hours of legal services.
Mr. Keenan participates in the yearly “Stand Down for Veterans” event to assist veterans with legal services and other unmet needs. In September, 2017, at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, Mr. Keenan hosted a panel of Vietnam combat veterans, all of whom returned to the Kansas City metro to practice law.
Mr. Keenan earned his B.A. from the University of Kansas in 1981, graduating with distinction and his J.D. in 1984 from the University of Kansas Law School, graduating Order of the Coif. Following graduation, he clerked for the Honorable James K. Logan on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.