John F. Keating
Chief Trial Counsel
29 Broadway, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10006
Telephone: (212) 952-0602
Facsimile: (212) 952-0608
Bar and Court Admissions
District of Columbia
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals – District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals – Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals – Ninth Circuit
United States District Court – Southern District of New York
United States District Court – Eastern District of New York
United States District Court –District of New Jersey
United States District Court – District of Connecticut
United States District Court – Southern District of Florida
United States District Court – District of Columbia
Cornell University, B.A. in Economics, 1976
University of Maryland, M.A. in Economics, 1981
Tulane University School of Law, J.D., 1982
New York University, L.L.M in Taxation, 1991
Bar and Court Admissions
Law Clerk to the Honorable Patrick E. Carr of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
John Keating is a highly regarded trial lawyer with over 35 years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants. He has represented clients in the courts of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, 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 (United States District Court for the Southern District of New York) (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. (United States District Court for the Southern District of New York) (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 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., 934 F.2d 1026 (1991), the precedent–setting decision regarding the right to a jury trial under Rule 9(h) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Mr. Keating had the privilege of working for the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1977 to 1979.