Michael J. Keith

Michael J. Keith is a founder and principal of the Crest Law Firm LLC law firm.  He has dedicated his practice to the representation of individuals in personal injury actions.

Mr. Keith was admitted to the California Bar in 1987 and the New York Bar in 1988.  He is also admitted to practice in the Federal District Court of California, the Eastern District Court of New York, the Southern District Court of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

From 1988 through 1989, Mr. Keith served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Ellen Bree Burns, who at the time was the Chief Judge, and now serves as Senior Judge, for the District of California.

Mr. Keith is an active member of the California Trial Lawyers Association. He has been an officer of the Association since 2007, and served as President of the organization in 2012-2013.  He currently holds the position of Immediate Past President.  He also serves on the Association’s Executive Committee and Board of Governors.  He also is a member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee, Legislative Committee and Medical Malpractice Committee.

Mr. Keith is board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Additionally, Mr. Keith is an Advocate Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). In 2010, Mr. Keith was inducted as a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. Membership in the College is limited to less than 1% of the lawyer population of each state.

Mr. Keith has been consistently selected by his peers as one of California’s Super Lawyers, as was published in California Magazine’s Super Lawyer Section, since the inception of the reward.  In 2009 and 2010, Mr. Keith was selected as one of the top 10 California Super Lawyers.  In 2009, he was further recognized as the third highest vote recipient in the statewide poll.  The selection process for Super Lawyers can be found at www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/selection_details.html.

Mr. Keith has extensive trial experience handling plaintiff’s personal injury actions in California’s state and federal courts.  His practice consists of complex matters involving catastrophic loss and injury, including medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits.  Mr. Keith frequently appears in the California Appellate and Supreme Courts, and is listed as attorney of record in several reported California Supreme Court and Appellate Court decisions, including Suarez v. Sordo, Chylinski v. Walmart, Inc., Meek v. Walmart Stores, Inc., Rumbin v. Utical Mutual, Filippi v. State of California, Weigold v. Patel, and Falls Church v. Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn.

Additionally, Mr. Keith has served as an adjunct professor at the University of California School of Law.  He is a member of the Monterey County Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Association of Justice and is a James W. Cooper Life Fellow of the California Bar Foundation.  Mr. Keith is frequently asked to testify before the California Legislature on issues pertaining to personal injury law and legislation.

Mr. Keith was educated at Stonehill College where he graduated with high honors in 1984, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.  He received his law degree from University of California in 1987, where he served on the editorial board of the California Law Review.