Kim Keller serves as advisor to trial lawyers nationwide in complex and multi-district/class action litigation, as well as in other forms of civil litigation in state and federal court. Her experience as appellate advisor involves all types of cases, such as commercial litigation, eminent domain, employment law, and the varying forms of personal injury law. She has served as lead appellate counsel in over 200 direct appeals, interlocutory appeals, and mandamus proceedings. Kim has been admitted to practice before district and appellate courts across the country, including multiple Circuit Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Kim received her law degree, magna cum laude, in 1999 from Saint Mary’s University School of Law, where she was awarded the Advocate of the Year Award and served on the Editorial Board of the Saint Mary’s Law Journal. Before starting her own firm, Kim was a litigation associate for a multi-national law firm and then served as a Briefing Attorney for Hon. Paul W. Green at the Fourth Court of Appeals (now a Justice before the Supreme Court of Texas). During her time as a Briefing Attorney, Kim discovered her passion for appellate law and gathered the unique experience of working firsthand with appellate justices as they analyzed and disposed of appeals.
Earlier on her practice, Kim served as an Assistant Professor of the Criminal Justice Department for the University of Texas at San Antonio. During her five years there, Kim developed the Department’s first moot court program and was named Phi Alpha Delta “Professor of the Year.” Kim was also an Adjunct Professor for Saint Mary’s University School of Law, serving as Moot Court Advocacy Coach for numerous state and national championship moot court teams.
Kim is a frequent author, having published numerous continuing legal education articles and nine law review and academic journal articles. Kim’s law review and academic journal articles have received national recognition, including being cited as authority by the Supreme Court of Texas, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the appellate courts of Colorado, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Tennessee, as well as by over 40 legal scholars in peer-reviewed publications. Her research in the areas of expert testimony and cyberlaw has resulted in Kim being interviewed by international press organizations and being requested by the Texas Senate to present her research at committee meetings. And, she is regularly recognized as a “top lawyer,” such as receiving Avvo’s “10.0 — Superb” rating and being named as a Thomson Reuters “Super Lawyer” in 2006, 2011-14.
Kim’s first priority in life is her family. She is married to her law partner, Shane. They have two children who keep them on their toes. Kim’s hobbies include serving as a part-time (but unemployed) movie critic, trail running, and trekking. Kim is particularly proud to have summitted Mount Kilimanjaro in July 2013.