Don Keenan

Children’s Lawyer

During his 35 years of practice Mr. Keenan has handled children catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases in 47 states and 5 foreign countries. For further information on Mr. Keenan's law practice see www.keenanlawfirm.com. Mr. Keenan continues to have an active practice of law representing children in part so he can fund 100% The Keenan's Kids Foundation from the profits from the law firm, thus eliminating the need for fundraisers or development directors.

 

Child Advocate

Mr. Keenan strongly believes that our duty does not end when we secure justice for the child and family. Equally important is learning from the prevention lessons of the case and formulating a public awareness campaign to help prevent future injuries and deaths and when necessary, push for legislation and regulations. He calls this unique approach to law the One-Third Solution: one-third litigating the case, one-third public awareness on the prevention and one-third pushing for regulations and legislation. Examples of his One-Third Solution are the Playground Safety Project being featured on the Today Show for the past three years, The Toy Safety Campaign profiled in USA Today and Good Morning America. The Imagine Magazine Summer 2005 issue featured Don Keenan and his One-Third Solution as did Mercedes Momentum Magazine in winter of 2004.Keenan has appeared on every major national news program including: 60 Minutes, 20/20, Larry King Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Montel, The O’Reilly Factor, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN and National Public Radio (NPR) addressing children’s issues.

 

Awards / Distinctions

  • Selected by Oprah Winfrey as one of the “People Who Have Courage” noting that Don has been fighting for the rights of abused children for 25 years
  • Emory University bestowed the “Career Achievement Award for Public Policy and Child Advocacy”
  • Called “The Voice of the Voiceless” by The Atlanta Globe
  • Named an “Internationally renowned child advocacy lawyer” by Points North Magazine
  • Named “a famous advocate for children” by Business Chronicle
  • Seven time recipient of “Top 100 Irish Americans” presented by Irish America Magazine
  • 2007 Recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor
  • Received the 2008 Tradition of Excellence Award by the State Bar of Georgia

 

Professional Accomplishments

In 1992, he became the youngest National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates and during his tenure, led a delegation of lawyers to Czechoslovakia and later was invited to Russia to produce the first civil trial in the history of those two emerging democracies. In 1997, he became National President of the Inner Circle of Advocates, the most exclusive group of trial lawyers in the country. In 1999, he was given the prestigious Chief Justice Award for Civility and Professionalism, the highest award possible for a lawyer in Georgia. He now serves on the Advisory Committee for the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, which trains the majority of new judges in the United States. In 1990 and again in 1992, he was named Trial Lawyer of the Year.