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Keith concentrates his practice in civil litigation. He has defended clients in cases involving product liability, premises liability, professional liability, automobile accidents, employment and labor law, and civil rights. He also has devoted part of his practice to toxic tort litigation, particularly asbestos.
Keith has handled cases in state courts in more than 20 counties in central and southern Illinois, and in federal court in the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois. He has tried numerous cases to verdict in state and federal court. In addition, Keith has handled appeals before the Fourth and Fifth District Appellate Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Keith has extensive experience advising governmental entity clients with respect to state, and federal civil rights law as well as litigating claims brought under state and federal constitutions and other civil rights statutes. He has defended employers in state and federal court and before administrative agencies with respect to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, and other employment laws. He has also advised employers on areas affecting employment, such as disciplinary actions, terminations, wage and hour issues, restrictive covenants, employment agreements, and various leave issues. Also, he has prepared and reviewed employment policies and procedures as well as provided training to supervisory staff on employment related issues.
Keith began his legal career as an associate with Heyl Royster in 2002 in the firm's Urbana office. From 2007 to 2013, he practiced at a civil litigation defense firm in Carbondale, Illinois. Keith returned to Heyl Royster in 2013. He received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law and a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.