Michael Keeley represents insurers in coverage disputes involving most types of insurance products, with a specialty focusing on Financial Institution Bonds and Commercial Crime Policies.
He also represents insurers on coverage issues in connection with cyber polices, and he defends professional, fiduciary and other insureds, both in civil courts and arbitration panels. Mr. Keeley heads up the firm’s Fidelity, Surety and Coverage Business Unit, the largest in the country.
Mr. Keeley is a trial lawyer who began his career handling securities cases and other commercial litigation, but now devotes the entirety of his practice to insurance coverage and defense. He represents insurers in a wide range of significant coverage disputes involving most types of insurance products, but with particular proficiency in the areas of fidelity/crime, directors and officers insurance, and professional liability and errors and omissions policies. He also defends professional and fiduciary insureds, and is called upon to assist in the defense of many other types of insureds. Because of his experience, Mr. Keeley is frequently retained to represent insurers in complex coverage disputes in both federal and state courts across the country, and occasionally in Mexico, South America, and overseas. He is also hired to represent insurers in significant coverage appeals throughout the country. Mr. Keeley also assists clients in developing and expanding products and in drafting policies.
Mr. Keeley’s experience includes representing insurers in significant computer fraud, social engineering and cyber claims, Ponzi schemes and warehouse lending losses, including scandals involving Madoff, Pearlman, and Petters, and he has been involved in other high profile disputes such as Enron, HealthSouth and WorldCom. He also handles claims involving the FDIC and other regulators. Other significant coverage matters have included the seldom litigated “war” exclusion in a media policy involving the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas, a tragic railroad accident, an oil well explosion, and non-subscriber policies, ERISA, and class action insurance litigation. He also handles matters before FINRA and other arbitration panels.
Named among The Best Lawyers in America® for Construction Law (2013-2023), Insurance Law (2006-2023)
Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list (2008-2014)
American Bar Association – Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee, Member (1988-present), former Committee Chair (2006-07), former Committee Chair-Elect (2005-06), former Committee Vice-Chair (1995-2000, 2001-2005)
Dallas Bar Association, former Legal Ethics Committee Member (1988-1992), former Fee Disputes Committee Member (1989-1993)
Surety & Fidelity Law Association of America, Advisor (2007-present), Fidelity Law Association, Advisor (1996-present), Fidelity Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief (1999-present), Tort & Insurance Law Journal, former Editor-in-Chief (1999-2001), former Executive Editor (1997-1999), former Associate Editor (1995-1996)
Fidelity &Surety Law Committee Newsletter, former Editor-in-Chief (2000-2005)