Jeff Keyes is Appointed U.S. Magistrate Judge

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April 23, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association is proud to announce the appointment of its long time partner Jeffrey J. Keyes as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota.

"We have been proud to share in Jeff’s many notable accomplishments—court victories, well-deserved peer recognition, the chance to argue before the Supreme Court. This appointment is another indication of his profound impact on the profession,” says Alan H. Maclin, president of Briggs and Morgan. “He will bring a remarkable level of enthusiasm and intellect to this new role as a federal magistrate judge.”

Keyes has more than 35 years of experience as a civil trial lawyer, focusing on antitrust law, dealership and franchising law, and civil rights and civil liberties law. He has been with Briggs for 22 years, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors, head of Briggs’ Trade Regulation Section, and Chairperson of the Recruiting and Pro Bono Committees.

Briggs’ attorneys have a long history of providing pro bono legal services. Keyes has provided pro bono legal services for several high-profile cases. From 1993 to 2005, he led the successful defense of a death row inmate in which a federal court in Texas overturned the death penalty conviction. He also argued the case of a Somali immigrant before the U.S. Supreme Court inJama v. INS in 2004.

Keyes is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He chaired the Federal Practice Committee of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, and is a member and past chair of the Civil Litigation Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Keyes is an adjunct professor of law for the University of Minnesota Law School and William Mitchell College of Law. He is also a nationally recognized lecturer and teacher on trial practice, franchising and antitrust issues. He has been highlighted in The Best Lawyers in America, in “Bet-The-Company” litigation, and Chambers USA, and was also named “Attorney of the Year” in 2004 by Minnesota Lawyer.

Keyes received his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. He received his law degree cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.

Keyes joins a long history of Briggs and Morgan attorneys who have served the state and federal judiciary in Minnesota, going back many decades.

Briggs’ History with the Judiciary

Since the 1920s, Briggs and Morgan’s history has been closely intertwined with the judiciary. In January, Sam Hanson returned to Briggs from the state’s high court after serving five years as a justice. Briggs and Morgan alumni also include:

  • Frank B. Kellogg, justice of the World Court
  • Edward J. Devitt, probate judge, Ramsey County; U.S. district court judge and chief judge, district of Minnesota
  • Leonard J. Keyes, judge, Ramsey County
  • Peter S. Popovich, chief judge, Minnesota Court of Appeals; chief justice, associate justice Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Richard Kyle, U.S. district court judge, district of Minnesota
  • Edward C. Stringer, justice, Minnesota Supreme Court
  • John Van de North, district court judge, Ramsey County
  • Elena Ostby, district court judge, Ramsey County