Jack F. Keating

John F. Keating is a highly regarded trial lawyer with over 25 years experience representing plaintiffs and defendants. He has represented clients in the courts of Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Texas and the District of Columbia; in NASD and AAA arbitration proceedings; and in numerous Federal courts. He has obtained awards and settlements which collectively total in the tens of millions of dollars.

Mr. Keating played a principal role in prosecuting several shareholder class actions wherein substantial benefits were conferred upon plaintiffs, including:

  • In re Sprint Corporation Shareholders Litigation, Case No. CV 0401714 (Johnson County, Kansas) ($59 million settlement of shareholder class action against board of directors involving recombination of tracking stocks)
  • In re Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, Case No. 06 CV 3577 (Sedgwick County, Kansas) ($4.5 million increase in merger consideration and other therapeutic benefits for shareholder class).

Mr. Keating also played a key role in the successful defense of two consumer class actions, namely:

  • In re: HORIZON Cruises Litigation, 94 Civ 5270 (SDNY) (favorable settlement of class action claim against cruise line for ‘loss of vacation’ resulting from outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease aboard ship)
  • Domblakly v Celebrity Cruises, Inc., 96 Civ. 8333 (SDNY) (dismissal of class action claim against cruise line involving damages allegedly caused by rogue wave).

Mr. Keating is an experienced complex commercial litigator. He served as co-lead trial counsel on behalf of a leading telecommunications equipment manufacturer in an action against an electronic component parts manufacturer in which his client obtained a very substantial recovery after a five week jury trial. Mr. Keating successfully defended several Fortune 500 companies against product liability and contract claims, and defended a high profile recording artist against a multi-million dollar civil assault and battery lawsuit.

He has successfully argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and in the Ninth Circuit, in the case of Wilmington Trust Co v Connecticut Bank and Trust Co., the precedent–setting decision regarding the right to a jury trial under Rule 9(h) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Mr. Keating received his B.A. from Cornell University in 1976, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland in 1981, a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law in 1982, and an LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1991.

He had the privilege of working for the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1977 to 1979, and the privilege of serving as Law Clerk to the Honorable Patrick E. Carr of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana from 1982 to 1984.

Mr. Keating is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Louisiana and the District of Columbia.

Contact information:

29 Broadway, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10006
Telephone: (212) 952-0602
Facsimile: (212) 952-0608