What Makes A Successful Lawyer?

“We are measuring success wrong. We measure by verdict size, not contribution, not impact. A truly successful lawyer is one who has laid it all out for an insignificant case, risked everything because it was the right thing to do. Measure by what kind of justice was given. Give the message that you care! A successful lawyer is a lawyer who honors real people.” – Gerry Spence

Few lawyers, by any measure, have been more successful than Spence. We are grateful for Spence’s commitment to educating trial lawyers.

Reading everything Spence has written is a prerequisite for this list. 

I Was Injured In A Car Accident. Will An Attorney Take A Fee On The Property Damage Settlement?

We can’t answer for what other attorneys may do.

At McKeen Law Firm, LLC we never take a fee on a property damage settlement for a car wreck.

When folks get hurt by someone choosing to violate safety rules, our job is to help get them back on their feet as soon as possible. For many folks, a car is a lifeline to get to their jobs and school.

When a car is totaled, folks need a new vehicle as soon as possible.  We’re here to help make sure the insurance company promptly pays you full value for your loss. And when we do so, we hand the whole check over to you.

When your car needs to be fixed that money needs to go to fixing it.

Some other attorneys may see this differently and charge a fee. Not us. Not now. Not ever.

There is no charge for a consultation and never a fee unless we recover for you.

Injured in a car accident? Need Help. Contact Connecticut Attorneys at McKeen Law Firm, LLC. The CT Law Tribune’s Personal Injury Hall of Fame Recently Recognized McKeen Law Firm, LLC for its outstanding results. We can help. Call us (860) 471-8333 or contact us using the form below.

Top Ten Books For Your Personal Injury Trial Practice

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Blackhats need not apply. Password protecting this one. Too good to post without a password.

I’m going to be shifting more content behind a wall over the coming weeks and months. There are posts that I’ve been meaning to write for years that are suitable for a more limited audience.

Please email me at ryan@mckeenlawfirm.com if you are interested in reading this post. I will provide you with the password on three conditions: (1) you swear that you exclusively represent plaintiffs; (2) you are an attorney; and (3) you promise not to share this list.

Injured? Get Transformative Justice

McKeen Law Firm, LLC tries to be a force for positive change and to making our community safer.

McKeen Law Firm, LLC, is committed to making our community safer not only through litigation that holds wrongdoers accountable, but through legislative and other advocacy action that helps to correct unsafe conditions and prevent injuries on a pro bono basis.

We’ve advocated in criminal courts on behalf of victims. Making sure our clients views are heard by the State.

Our experience representing folks injured by folks choosing to violate safety rules are usually seeking more than compensation for their harms and losses. They are seeking to make sure someone else isn’t harmed the way they or their loved one was.

From your initial consultation and throughout our representation of you we will work with you for transformative justice. Justice that extends beyond holding wrongdoers accountable for mayhem and makes the community safer.

We are uniquely situated to help our clients in this respect. Allison McKeen drafted legislation for Connecticut’s General Assembly for 6 years.

Please contact us if we can help you. There is no additional fee for these services. It’s part of our commitment to our community and our clients.

Contact us if you are injured and would like to discuss how we can deploy transformative justice on your behalf. Call us at (860) 471-8333 or contact us using the form below for a no charge consultation. 

Ryan McKeen Honored By CT Personal Injury Hall of Fame

The CT Law Tribune announced its 2015 Personal Injury Hall of Fame Inductees.

The CT Law Tribune named 13 firms to its Personal Injury Hall of Fame. McKeen Law Firm is one of the firms being honored by the Law Tribune. McKeen Law Firm was a finalist for the Motorcyclist category, having achieved one of the highest settlements or verdicts in a wrongful death action in a motorcycle case.

Last year, the Law Tribune debuted its Personal Injury Hall of Fame awards. The intent was to honor some of the highest dollar—and highest profile—personal injury cases in Connecticut. CT Law Tribune

More than anything I’m thankful for the support of wonderful clients. Without their faith in me this wouldn’t have happened. I was fortunate to be able to work on a case that provided me with the opportunity to seek counsel from some of the finest trial lawyers in the state and country.

I’m fortunate to have worked with fantastic experts. And to have had Brennen Maki by my side as we prepared to try the case. Brennen is a first rate lawyer.

We are looking to grow our personal injury practice in 2015. You can read the article about the case here. The article features an unflattering picture of me from 2010.

If we can help please contact us using the form below or call us 24/7 at 860-471-8333 for a free case consultation.

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.


Fitness Trackers Can And Will Be Used Against You In Court

“We’re constantly adding more shelf space. Consumers have many options right now. So many that it’s confusing. We’re going to sell a lot of these for Christmas” said the helpful Best Buy employee to me. He’s right there really are a lot of fitness wearables on the market ranging from cutting edge to fairly low tech.

Moto 360
The Moto 360 isn’t a fitness wearable. Though it tracks steps and heart rate.

We are witnessing Act 1 of the wearable revolution.

What happens outside of the courtroom eventually finds its way into a courtroom.  Newton’s 28th law of thermodynamics or something.

We represent folks who are injured as a result of others violating safety rules.  Sometimes our clients suffer life altering injuries. We’ve represented a cyclist whose riding was limited. A musician who was unable to play and the dancer who can’t dance. And many more folks who are simply unable to move as they once did or unable to do the things they loved to do.

The very things, like running, that make us human.

Frequently, insurance defense lawyers accuse folks who have been injured as a result of their insured of faking their injuries. They try to undermine reports of treating physicians. They may hire surveillance and video tape our clients at family functions. They do this because they are looking for any discount possible on the harms and losses that their insured has inflicted.

We fight these lies with truth. One of the things we do is subpoena gym records. We call fact witnesses who can testify of our clients activities before and after a wreck. We fight back.

Fitness trackers are going to be on the front lines of this fight. Engadget reports:

Insurers couldn’t force you to wear a smart band, but they might compel you to hand over data….In that sense, fitness data is a double-edged sword. While it might save your hide in certain legal battles, it could be a smoking gun in others.

There is not question in my mind that the data that wearables collect will become one of the most significant pieces of evidence injury cases. In order to be successful in prosecuting a claim, lawyers must know both the law and the technology.

So when you put on your new “FITBONE” for the New Year do so knowing that you may one day be subject to cross examination on the data.


If you have been injured as a result of someone violating safety rules – contact us immediately for a free consultation. 

A Connecticut Bicycle Accident Attorney On Protecting Yourself Before An Accident

Not only are drivers distracted – they are often uninsured or underinsured. Watch the video below to find out how you can protect yourself before getting on a bike.

In Connecticut, your automobile policy will cover you on a bike. Having the right insurance makes a big difference in the event of a collision. Ask your insurance agent about maximizing your underinsured coverage and purchasing a conversion policy. Protect yourself – it’s dangerous out there.


Attorney McKeen represents injured pedestrians, runners, and cyclists throughout Connecticut. Ryan can be reached at ryan@mckeenlawfirm.com. You can read more about CT Bicyclist Accident Law on www.ctroadsafety.com

CT Lawyer Cyclists, Pedestrians, and Runners

Ryan McKeen founded ctroadsafety.com and is working to make the site a resource for Connecticut cyclists, runners, and pedestrians.

Presenting Food Bank with Check
Ryan McKeen at the 2013 McKeen Law Firm “Race To Fill the Pantry” 5k presenting the Glastonbury food bank with a donation.

Ryan enjoys running in Connecticut. He is a veteran marathon runner. What he sees on Connecticut’s roads scares him – drivers choosing to drive distracted. These drivers needlessly endanger runners, cyclists, and pedestrians.

He understands the rights of runners because he loves running.

The purpose of www.ctroadsafety.com is to educate readers of the rights of runners, cyclists, and pedestrians. Ryan believes awareness is the first step in making Connecticut’s roads and highways safe.

The second step is accountability. Ryan regularly trades his favorite running shoes and the road for a suit and court. Ryan takes great pride in holding drivers who needlessly endanger the public accountable for their choices. He represents injured cyclists, pedestrians, and runners – and their families. It is his passion.

The third step is community. McKeen Law Firm, LLC pledges 10% of any fee it earns representing injured runners, cyclists, and pedestrians will go to charity. After a settlement or verdict, Attorney McKeen and the client will meet and mutually decide on a charity.

Justice is healing and protecting the community. McKeen Law Firm, LLC relentlessly seeks justice.

Ryan can be reached at ryan@mckeenlawfirm.com or by calling (860) 560-8163.