Patrick Keel has mediated and arbitrated thousands of disputes, including those involving commercial contracts, family law, construction, employment, trade secrets, patent, copyright, trademark, real estate, class actions, administrative law, probate, defamation, professional malpractice, and personal injury claims. He is also a lecturer on trial advocacy at the University of Texas School of Law.




Biography

For two years beginning in January 2003, Keel served as Judge of the 345th District Court of Travis County. Before his appointment to the court by the governor, Keel practiced commercial litigation for thirteen years with Baker Botts LLP in Austin, where he was a partner in the firm's trial department. As an attorney, Keel represented a variety of individual and corporate clients in numerous trials, hearings, mediations, arbitrations, and appeals, including a case before the Supreme Court of the United States in which his client prevailed on a 5-4 vote.

Keel is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Austin Bar Association, the Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, and the Association of Attorney-Mediators. He is also a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a Founding Life Fellow of the Austin Bar Foundation, and a master emeritus and former president of the Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court.  Keel is a member of the Professional Ethics Committee of the State Bar of Texas, to which the Texas Supreme Court appointed him in June 2009.

Keel is a volunteer and past president of the Dispute Resolution Center, an independent, non-profit organization that provides dispute resolution services in central Texas, and is an alumnus and former executive committee member of the Texas Lyceum Association, a bi-partisan, non-profit organization devoted to public policy and developing the next generation of leadership in Texas.

As a lawyer and as a mediator, Keel has been active in Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, a non-profit organization that provides legal services to the poor.  He currently volunteers at the City of Austin's Town Lake Animal Center as a dog walker and trainer of other volunteers.  Keel was a volunteer for Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (now known as Learning Ally) from 2007 to 2010.

In 1995, the governor appointed Keel to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, the state agency responsible for setting and enforcing minimum standards for county jails. After confirmation by the Texas Senate, Keel served as a commissioner for seven years.

Keel obtained his B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986. He graduated from UT School of Law in 1989 with honors. During college, Keel was elected to the Lake Travis ISD Board of Trustees, where he served until 1988.

In addition to the state courts of Texas, Keel is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Southern Districts of Texas.

Keel was born in Austin in 1964. He is a fifth-generation Austinite and sixth in a family of seven children. His hobbies include running, snow skiing, water skiing, and swimming.  Keel is a member of and volunteer at St. Austin Catholic Church.


Credentials

Education


J.D., with Honors, University of Texas School of Law (1989)

Director, Legal Research Board; Member, Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity


B.A. in Economics, University of Texas at Austin (1986)

Member, Golden Key National Honor Society

Experience


Mediator and Arbitrator (2005 to present)

Lecturer, University of Texas School of Law (2007 to present)


Judge, 345th District Court of Travis County, Texas (Jan. 2003 thru Dec. 2004)


Baker Botts LLP, Austin Texas (1989 to Jan. 2003)

Partner in firm's trial section, specializing in commercial litigation

Hiring Partner for firm's Austin office (1999-2001)

Civic


Dispute Resolution Center of Austin (2003 to present)

Volunteer, past president, & former board member for non-profit organization that promotes & provides affordable alternative dispute resolution training and services in Travis County.

Texas Lyceum Association (2004 to present)

Alumnus and former executive committee member of statewide, non-partisan organization devoted to public policy and developing the next generation of leadership in Texas.

Austin Animal Center (2012 to present)

Volunteer dog walker and trainer of other volunteers at City of Austin's Town Lake Animal Center.

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (2007 to 2010)

Volunteer reader for non-profit organization providing educational materials for students with disabilities such as visual impairment and dyslexia.

Texas Commission on Jail Standards (1995 to 2002)

Appointed by governor to state commission responsible for setting minimum standards for county jails in Texas.

Lake Travis ISD Board of Trustees (1985-88)

Trustee

Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (1990 to present)

Volunteer attorney & mediator for non-profit organization providing legal services to the poor.

Professional


  • Member, State Bar of Texas (Professional Ethics Committee)
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Sustaining Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (District 9 nominating committee co-chairman)
  • Master Emeritus and past president, Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court;
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States; the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; and the United States District Courts for the Western and Southern Districts of Texas

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