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Law Firm:
Thomas Keel & Laird, LLC.

Jennifer Keel

Adjunct Professor

Jennifer L. Keel is admitted to practice in Maryland, Minnesota (inactive), the District of Columbia, California, Colorado, and has handled cases across the country.

Jennifer has a unique and varied medical background not typical of medical negligence lawyers. In addition to her undergraduate education in biology and biochemistry, 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 contribute to her understanding of broad medical and physiological concepts. Jennifer’s background and specialized medical training and experience make her uniquely well-suited to medical negligence litigation, which is the exclusive focus of 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.

Jennifer has taught a course in medical malpractice litigation with the Sturm College of Law in Denver since 2011, has published articles on various topics in medical negligence, and has given numerous invited lectures in continuing legal education programs across the country.

Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Birth Injury
  • Brain Injury
  • Wrongful death

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota (inactive)
  • California
  • Washington, D. C.
  • U. S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U. S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U. S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois


  • M.S., 2014, Intelligence and National Security Studies: American Military University
  • J.D., 2004, University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.S., 2001, Criminal Justice: Rochester Institute of Technology, summa cum laude

Professional Recognition

  • 2016: Best Lawyers in America — Medical Malpractice, Plaintiff
  • 2016: Best Law Firms in America — Medical Malpractice, Plaintiff
  • 2015: 5280 Magazine Top Lawyer — Medical Malpractice, Plaintiff
  • 2014: National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40
  • 2013: 5280 Magazine, Colorado’s Rising Stars
  • 2013: National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40
  • 2011: National Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Negligence Litigation Group Executive Committee
  • 2011: Invited Membership: Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society
  • 2011: Invited Membership: Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society


  • Finding Evidence in Medical MetaData For Malpractice Cases — Trial Lawyer Magazine — 2014
  • Medical Malpractice: Follow the Audit Trial — Trial Magazine — 2014
  • 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

Professional Affiliations

  • 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