Hon. Judge Keel

Austin, Texas

Patrick Keel, a former state district judge, has mediated and arbitrated thousands of disputes, including those involving commercial contracts, construction contracts, employment law, trade secrets, patent, copyright, trademark, real estate, class actions, administrative law, probate, defamation, professional malpractice, family law, and personal injury claims. He is also an adjunct professor in the trial advocacy program at the University of Texas School of Law. In 2009, the Supreme Court of Texas appointed Keel to the Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas.

Education  + -

  • University of Texas School of Law
    J.D. with Honors   1989
  • University of Texas at Austin
    B.A. in Economics   1986

Experience  + -

  • Mediator and Arbitrator
    2005 - Present
  • University of Texas School of Law
    Lecturer   2007 - Present
  • 345th District Court of Travis County, Texas
    Judge   2003 - 3004
  • Baker Botts LLP, Austin Texas
    Parnter in Trial Section, Commercial Litigation; Hiring Partner in Austin   1989 - 2003

Memberships & Affiliations  + -

  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity
    1989
  • University of Texas School of Law; Legal Research Board
    Director   1989
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
    Member   1986
  • Dispute Resolution Center of Austin
    Volunteer; Past President; Former Board Member   2003 - Present
  • Texas Lyceum Association
    Alumnus; Former Executive Committee   2004 - Present
  • Austin Animal Center
    Volunteer Dog Walker & Trainer   2010 - 2015
  • Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
    Volunteer Reader   2007 - 2010
  • Texas Commission on Jail Standards
    Appointed by Governor to State Commission   1995 - 2002
  • Lake Travis ISD Board of Trustees
    Trustee   1985 - 1988
  • Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
    Volunteer Attorney & Mediator   1990 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
    Member
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Texas Bar Foundation ( District 9 Nominating Committee )
    Sustaining Life Fellow
  • Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court
    Master Emeritus & Past President
  • American Bar Foundation
    Fellow

Honors & Awards  + -

  • Austin Bar Association and Texas Center for Legal Ethics Professionalism Award
    2018
  • UT Law Alumni Association Mentor of the Year
    2017