Connecticut Injury Attorney Andrew Garza Named Of Counsel To McKeen Law Firm

Attorney Andrew Garza has it.

He is a tenacious advocate for the injured. I’ve seen him work tirelessly for his clients. Andrew wears his commitment to his clients on his sleeve. He gets results for his clients. 

Andrew is committed to learning and developing the very best trial and advocacy methods available. Unleashing these cutting edge techniques has yielded and will continue to yield results for folks who have suffered harms and losses as a result of someone else choosing to violate safety rules. We’ve traveled long distances together to attend national seminars taught by the finest lawyers in the country.

On January 1, 2015, Andrew moved his main office in with McKeen Law Firm, LLC in Glastonbury. Our respective clients will now yield the benefits of having two of the National Trial Lawyers “40 under 40″ for Connecticut under the same roof. Andrew will retain his office in Hartford.

At this time, we are operating under two separate firms. Andrew will continue operating the Law Offices of Andrew P. Garza, LLC and I will continue operating McKeen Law Firm, LLC.  However we have formed an alliance to better serve injured clients. For example, Attorney Garza practices in the area of workers compensation which I do not. Attorney Garza will allow us to keep our workers compensation cases “in house”.

And their are larger alligators we hope to wrestle. Prosecuting catastrophic injury cases is often difficult as a solo.  Andrew and I will be working collaboratively on some cases relying on each other’s resources, skills, and expertise to better serve both of our clients.

Most importantly, Andrew is a good guy. I’m learning a lot from him. I believe our alliance will yield dividends for all stake holders, most of all our respective and joint clients.

On my side of the coin, this addition reflects a commitment to growing my injury and wrongful death practice areas. Joining forces with Attorney Garza will yield many benefits to those injured as a result of negligence in Connecticut.

We share a common vision, a commitment to best practices, and the drive to fight diligently for our clients. To that end, I will be serving as Of Counsel to Andrew’s firm as well. This will enable us each to assist each other.

McKeen Law Firm Launches Real Estate Website

Real estate is one of the areas our firm is growing in. Allison McKeen will focus part of her practice on residential real estate while I continue to grow my civil litigation and personal injury practice.

To reflect this renewed focus, we’ve launched www.ctrealestatelawfirm.com. It is a site dedicated to our real estate practice. We will blog about Connecticut real estate issues.

All websites are works in progress, and this one was created and launched over the weekend. Check it out.

Need a Connecticut Real Estate Attorney? Contact Allison McKeen below. We will respond to your inquiry. Please be advised that sending an inquiry does not create an attorney-client relationship. In order for us to do work on your behalf, we must enter into a signed fee agreement. Only then is an attorney-client relationship created.

Allison McKeen Joins McKeen Law Firm, LLC

“What should I name my firm?” That’s one of the first questions any new solo attorneys asks himself.

In the summer of 2013, I toyed with a number of names including “The Law Office of Ryan McKeen”. Ultimately, I decided against it because I didn’t want to have to redo the letterhead in the event it made sense for my wife, Allison McKeen to join the firm. I decided to leave a door open. McKeen Law Firm, LLC was born.

Over the past 16 months, the firm has grown to the point where it was becoming increasingly difficult to manage both the caseload and administrative burdens. Fortunately, I had some outstanding help by way of colleagues, independent paralegals, family, and my assistant Ruth.

But in order to take the next step for the firm – I needed a partner.  And luckily for me, I just had to look across the kitchen table. Allison has been my partner for the past 18 years. She is one of the smartest, toughest, and kindest people that I’ve ever met.

Looking back, McKeen Law Firm, LLC was born in a run down apartment in the Forest Park neighborhood of Springfield. Allison and I were 1Ls at Western New England College School of Law. We were in the same section meaning we had all of the same professors. We supported and pushed each other throughout law school to be our best.

At the end of our third year, Allison was selected by our professors for an award honoring the student who best exemplified academic success and community leadership. She was Senior Note Editor for the Law Review. During law school, she received an offer to join Shipman and Goodwin as an associate.

Following law school, our career paths diverged. She practiced land use and municipal law at a large firm. I was fully engaged in the general practice of law at a small firm across the river. She then accepted a position as an attorney for the Legislative Commissioner’s Office at the Connecticut General Assembly where she wrote bills and legislation pertaining to land use, municipal law, housing, and banks.

Throughout our respective careers, we dreamed of working together, at a shop of our own. For many years working together seemed impossible. The dream was tucked away. Some opportunities presented themselves but they weren’t the right opportunities.

Right now is the right opportunity.

Professionally, I’m thrilled to add such an outstanding lawyer to the firm. Allison is a gifted writer. She has written petitions to the US Supreme Court, Appellate Briefs, Statutes, and her novels have been published on 3 continents. Her addition instantly increases both the quality and scope of work the firm can handle.

Personally, I’m excited for the flexibility this gives our family and for the opportunity to spend more time together.

Allison shares the firm’s vision. She helped craft it. She was there when I was looking for office space, working with Hartford Prints on designing business cards, and is my constant go to for advice on both legal and business issues. She has spent countless hours with me watching David Ball “Opening Statements” and “Voir Dire” videos on Saturday nights. CTLA videos are also a hit in our house.

More than that Allison has supported both me and the firm in taking risks and serving my clients. Whether it is staying home with our children while I’m listening to David Ball teach in DC or encouraging me to take and try different cases – she has stood by my side, encouraged me, and provided me with countless insights.

Allison is leading  McKeen Law Firm’s real estate, land use, legislative drafting, and appellate practice. She will also be handling the bulk of the briefing and research for the firm. We’ll have more on exactly what she’s doing over the coming weeks and months as things settle in. Allison is a significant asset to all of the firm’s existing and future clients. 

The move allows me to further narrow my practice areas and really focus on civil trial work while allowing Allison to further grow the firm’s real estate practice. It’s not that I’ve done my last closing or anything it’s just close to impossible to be in court as much as I am and cover closings.

You will be hearing from Allison on this site. Look for her posts about land use and municipal legislation pending before the General Assembly this session.

On January 5, 2015, Allison simply begins working as a partner in the traditional sense of the word. She has been part of McKeen Law Firm since it opened on a humid July morning in our kitchen right after we had reserved a vacation at Sesame Place.

 

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Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyer Ryan McKeen Named 40 Under 40 By National Trial Lawyers

Attorney Ryan McKeen has been named 40 under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers for civil plaintiff’s work in Connecticut.

The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 is a professional organization composed of the top trial lawyers from each state or regions of certain highly-populated states who are younger than the age of 40.

Membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those trial lawyers practicing civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law. Invitees must exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

Attorney McKeen is honored to be recognized for his commitment to providing justice for those injured by folks and companies choosing to violate safety rules.

If You’ve Been Injured – Please Contact Attorney Ryan McKeen For A No-Fee Consultation. We Can Help. Don’t Wait. Contact Us Below.

 

Happy New Year From McKeen Law Firm

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” — Albert Einstein

We wish you a happy and safe New Year’s Eve.

And if you’re like us and spending the night at home with young children – Netflix has a really awesome 3 minute countdown that can be started at anytime. 

May your 2015 be filled with joy.

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And we’re growing to better serve your legal needs. You know where to find us if you have any legal issues in 2015. Make us your first call. If we can’t or don’t handle your matter – we will place you in the hands of an attorney we’d hire.

Contact Us For A No Fee Case Review

 

A Connecticut Law Blog Celebrates Its Seventh Year

This site will serve as my law blog. I’ll be writing about legal issues, the practice of law, Connecticut legal stories and really anything law related that interests me enough to write about it. My First Post “Hello”

This is my annual post where I celebrate being upright for another year. I launched this site on Christmas Eve in 2007.

As I write this, we’re inching ever so close to 750,000 hits. I don’t know the exact number because I lost about a year’s worth of data in 2009.

This is my 819th published post.

2014 has been a year of remarkable growth for me professionally. I have doubled down on improving my trial skills by attending national seminars, reading everything I can get my hands on, and taking cases to verdict.

McKeen Law Firm has grown as well.  In January, my longtime assistant, Ruth Deslauries joined the team. Ruth helps me move litigation files by handling discovery and assisting me with pleadings.

We have made significant investments in technology and are now able to cost effectively conduct cutting edge focus groups in house. These focus groups are invaluable to us and our clients. They allow us to identify issues and develop case themes accordingly.

Other investments are allowing us to process work more efficiently than ever. This provides us with a significant competitive edge in allowing us to deliver cost effective results for our clients.

We have some significant announcements to make in the coming weeks. We are actively looking to open more offices. Where, how, and when we do that is very much up in the air.

This past year stretched my ability to provide the level of service to my clients that I expect from myself and maintain this blog. But the rule is clients always come first.

Next year, I expect to further grow this site. Some of the soon to be announced changes should result in more content production.

Thank you very much for being with me over the past 7 years. It has been a wild ride. The best is yet to come. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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Sandy Hook Families To Sue Gunmaker

The Guardian is reporting that families of the victims of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are planning to sue Remington Outdoor Company – the makers of the Bushmaster Rifle used in the shootings.

According to the Guardian, the families have the powerhouse Connecticut firm of Koskoff, Koskoff, and Bieder.

From time to time, the possibility of litigation arising from the Sandy Hook shootings has been discussed in the Connecticut plaintiff’s bar. Most everyone, that I’ve read or heard, thought such an action was a long shot. Gun manufacturers have significant immunity from suit.

In March of 2013, Koskoff partner, Josh Koskoff, penned an editorial in the Hartford Courant that may offer some insight into the firm’s litigation strategy:

Perhaps the worst part of the arms act is that it creates a disincentive for gun companies to incorporate safety mechanisms that are available to prevent guns from being used by any one other than the permit holder. Everyone agrees that there is a rampant problem with guns falling into the hands of people other than the permit holder……

Just as car lovers continue to love cars despite air bags and seat belts, gun lovers will continue to love guns with this technology. Unfortunately, the gun industry sees no financial reason to incorporate these safety devices, given the law’s unique protection. They believe themselves largely immune from product liability lawsuits, unlike car manufacturers. So why would they invest in safety features that would make their products marginally more expensive and possibly affect sales?

We should not forget, however, that there is no “safe” gun when it is in the wrong hands. The technology exists to prevent the use of guns by other than the authorized user, but gun manufacturers have not applied it. Manufacturers should answer for this inherent flaw and litigants and the legal community need to continually test the limits of the 2005 arms act until it is repealed.

Don’t be surprised if Koskoff tries to test the theory that gun manufacturers aren’t using existing technology to implement safety measures that prevent guns from being used by unauthorized users.

In my opinion, given the existing immunity afforded to gun manufacturers, I believe this suit has little chance of success. Though it is impossible to weigh the relative merits of a case that hasn’t been filed. The initial pleadings (not referenced in the Guardian Article) will show what legal theories are being pursued.

Koskoff, Koskoff, and Bieder is a firm with lots of talent and resources. They have obtained some of the highest verdicts (possibly the highest) in State history. They have a history of picking fights against long odds and winning. The fact that Koskoff is bringing this case intrigues me. They are outstanding lawyers and I can’t imagine them taking on this fight if they didn’t believe there’s a chance they’ll win.

The suit is likely to be brought in Federal Court in Connecticut under the theory of diversity jurisdiction. In the event it is filed in State Court, I would expect the gun manufacturers to remove it to federal court.

From their, the defendants will use every motion possible to obtain judgment before the case gets to a jury – motions to strike, motions to dismiss, and motions for summary judgment. There will certainly be appeals.

This has the potential to be one of the most significant cases in Connecticut history.

Google Chrome Now Working With CT Judicial Branch Website

chromeFor the past two and a half years, I’ve had great difficulty using Google Chrome on the Connecticut Judicial Branch website.

Last week, Chrome for Mac received a major update. It went from 32 bit to 64 bit. This evening I used Chrome on the Judicial Branch website to both view and efile pleadings. Everything worked as it should.

If you’re a Chrome user, make sure you update to the most recent version of the browser and try your hand using the the Connecticut Judicial Branch website. Things should now work smoothly for you (or at least as smoothly as the work on other browsers).

No longer will you have to suffer through the minor inconvenience of having to switch to FireFox to move business on the CT Judicial Branch website.