Michael S. Keating

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Michael S. Keating2018-06-28T08:24:47+00:00
Michael S. Keating
Michael S. KeatingAttorney at Law
Office: 312.239.6787
Fax: 312.957.6898
  • Juris Doctor, DePaul University College of Law, 2002
  • Bachelor of Science, Marquette University, 1997
  • Illinois State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • National Trial Lawyers Association (AAJ)
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Active Transportation Alliance
  • Chicago Area Runners Association
  • Delegate to the Democratic National Convention
  • Committee Chair for the Tort Committee of the Chicago Bar Association YLD
  • SuperLawyers and Chicago Magazines “Rising Star” in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • National Trial Lawyers Association “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” and  “Top 40 Under 40″

Michael Keating founded Keating Law Offices in 2008 with the mission of representing individuals and families whose lives have been affected due to the negligence of others. Since that time, he has continuously obtained results on behalf of his clients in courtrooms throughout Illinois. He has been the attorney on hundreds of successful cases involving transportation negligence, nursing home negligence and abuse, and premises liability cases. The firm has recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of its clients and their families for cases involving personal injury and wrongful death.

Mr. Keating represents the firm’s clients in personal injury and wrongful death litigation in state and federal courts. He is licensed to practice before the Illinois Bar, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois where he is a member of the Federal Trial Bar, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Mr. Keating firmly believes that as an attorney he has a responsibility to his community and is involved in several legal and civic organizations. He has been named to the Board of Managers for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA). Mr. Keating also serves as a Chair of the Legislative Committee for ITLA where he assists the organization on its efforts to protect the rights of injured citizens, consumers and workers. On a national level he is an active member of the national trial lawyers association, the American Association for Justice (AAJ). He currently serves as a Committee Chair for a litigation group in AAJ and is widely considered a national leader in cases involving bicycle and motor vehicle accidents. He is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Keating leads a new generation of trial attorneys in Illinois. He has been named to the “40 Under 40” list of trial attorneys in Illinois by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Keating was also recognized in the annual editions of Illinois SuperLawyers Magazine and in Chicago Magazine. Only 2.5% of the lawyers in the State of Illinois are named to this annual list. Mr. Keating also has a perfect “10/10” ranking on AVVO, a well-known online attorney ranking service.

Mr. Keating also has an extensive background in government relations. Mr. Keating represented the family of Dennis Jurs, the Illinois cyclist whose death led to the landmark legislation “Dennis’s Law.” He wrote this legislation and assisted Illinois politicians in changing Illinois law to state that all bicyclists have a right to the Illinois roadways and to ensure that bicycles are considered a vehicle under Illinois law. In 2004, at only 29 years of age, Mr. Keating was elected as a delegate to represent Illinois’ 7th Congressional District at the Democratic National Convention. Mr. Keating also previously worked as the Assistant Counsel to Illinois House of Representatives during the 93rd General Assembly. While working in the state capital, Mr. Keating was the staff attorney for the committees on State Government Administration and Judiciary – Civil Law. Mr. Keating is also a veteran of numerous local and national political campaigns.

Mr. Keating is a lifelong Illinois resident and graduated from Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, IL. In 1997 he received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Marquette University. Thereafter, he received his law degree from the DePaul University College of Law where he was a member of the Dean’s List. During law school, he clerked at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

An accomplished runner and passionate cyclist, Mr. Keating is a member of the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) and the Active Transportation Alliance. Mr. Keating lives in the Chicago area with his wife and three children.

In The News

Michael S. Keating on WGN News ChicagoAttorney Michael Keating Appears On WGN News To Discuss Dennis’s Law And Illinois Bicycle Laws

Attorney Michael Keating of Keating Law Offices discussed the recent change to Illinois bicycle laws with the signing of “Dennis’s Law.” He appeared live on WGN Morning News in a segment to discuss why this bicycle law is important to all Illinois bicyclists.

On August 12, 2015, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law House Bill 5912 that clarifies that bicycles are “vehicles” under the Illinois Vehicle Code and that Michael S. Keating on WGN News Chicagomotorists must provide the right-of-way to bicyclists in the same manner as motor vehicles. The is known as “Dennis’s Law” after Illinois bicyclist Dennis Jurs who was killed in a collision with a motor vehicle on May 18, 2015 in Hampshire, Illinois. “Dennis’s Law” was also the subject of news articles by WTTW, the Chicagoist and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in which Michael Keating was interviewed regarding the new law and his role in drafting the legislation.


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