Jennifer L. Keel received her Juris Doctorate in 2004 from the University at Buffalo School of Law. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and graduated summa cum laude in 2001. Jennifer is admitted to practice law in Maryland, Minnesota (inactive), the District of Columbia, California, Colorado, and in Federal District Courts of Colorado and the Northern District of California.
Jennifer has a unique and varied medical background not typical of medical negligence lawyers. In addition to her undergraduate education, Jennifer also completed the rigorous didactic and clinical education program for New York State's highest level of prehospital care providers, and became a paramedic in 1995. She worked as a full-time Paramedic for six years in the City of Rochester, New York, during which time she treated thousands of patients in need of emergent medical and surgical intervention in the prehospital setting. Jennifer also spent two years as a Tissue Procurement Specialist and Procurement Team Leader for the Rochester Eye and Human Parts Bank, where she performed sterile, surgical tissue procurement procedures on tissue donors to recover transplantable joints and tissues for recipients across the country. During her undergraduate education, Jennifer also worked in the operating room as an anesthesia technician and scrub-assist technician, has worked with Alzheimer's patients in a secured nursing facility, and has experience in various areas of veterinary medicine and surgery, all of which contributes to her understanding of broad medical and physiological concepts.
Jennifer's background and specialized medical training and experience makes her uniquely well-suited to medical negligence litigation, which is the exclusive focus in her practice. Her cumulative experiences in patient care provide a distinct advantage to her clients, as a result of her broad base of knowledge of medicine and medical and surgical standards and techniques as a context within which to analyze and prosecute cases. It is in this area that concentrates her practice, handling complex medical malpractice cases involving birth trauma, kernicterus, cerebral palsy and other brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and many other medical and surgical errors that have resulted in catastrophic injuries and/or death.
Beginning in the Fall Semester of academic year 2011-2012, Jennifer and Scott Eldredge will be team teaching a class in medical malpractice litigation with the Sturm College of Law, in Denver. Jennifer has published articles on various topics in medical negligence, and has lectured in various continuing legal education programs across the country.
Honors / Awards
· 2011: National Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Negligence Litigation Group Executive Committee
· 2011: National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 40 Under 40
· 2011: Invited Membership: Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society
· 2011: Invited Membership: Delta Episilon Tau International Honor Society
· 2004: National Coordinator for the Hormone Therapy Litigation, MDL-1507
· 2001: National Civil Trial Competition, semi-finalist Moot Court
· Colorado's Law on Ex Parte Communications between Medical Malpractice Defendants and Plaintiff's Treating Physicians - Denver University Law Review Online Supplement- 2011
· Neonatal Jaundice for Litigators, First Published in the American Association for Justice, Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter, - July 2010
· An Insider's View of Human Tissue Litigation - August 2006
· EZ Review for Property (book chapters) - Law Rules Publishing Company - 2002
· Time is Muscle - MCC Paramedic Program Study Guide - 1996
· Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)
· National Trial Lawyers Association (NTLA)
· American Bar Association
· Colorado Bar Association
· Maryland Bar Association
· Minnesota Bar Association
· Baltimore County Bar Association
· American Association for Justice (AAJ)
· Maryland Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA)
· Orange County Trial lawyers Association