Degnan, Keyes on L & P's Top 40 Litigation List

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February 5, 2008

Attorneys John M. Degnan and Jeffrey J. Keyes, shareholders in the firm of Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association, are listed among Minnesota’s Top 40 Business Litigation Attorneys in the February/March 2008 issue of Minnesota Law & Politics in the publication’s “Who’s Who in Business Litigation” special section.

John Degnan has practiced law in the Twin Cities for more than 30 years. As a member of Briggs’ business litigation section, he regularly represents clients in business disputes, as well as members of the legal and medical communities in professional liability matters. He also focuses his practice on medical malpractice claims, prescription drug and pharmacy matters, products liability claims. He is frequently chosen as a mediator in business disputes and employment, commercial and injury cases.

Degnan is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been repeatedly named a Minnesota Law & Politics “Super Lawyer” and one of the designation’s top 100. Degnan is also a civil trial specialist certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association and the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and he is certified as a Minnesota Rule 114 neutral. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, a board member of Creative Dispute Resolution and a master for the Warren E. Burger Chapter of the Inns of Court.

Jeff Keyes is a member of the trade regulation and franchise practice groups at Briggs, and practices principally in the areas of litigation, antitrust law, dealership and franchising law, and civil rights and civil liberties law. He is a nationally recognized lecturer and teacher on trial practice, franchising and antitrust issues, and an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law.

Among Keyes’ accolades, he has been included in The Best Lawyers in Americaunder Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation, as well as namedMinnesota Lawyer’s 2005 Minnesota Attorney of the Year. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, chair of the Federal Practice Committee of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, member of the Civil Litigation Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and member of the Antitrust Section, Franchise Committee of the American Bar Association.

Keyes also serves as chair of Briggs’ Pro Bono Committee and has led the firm’s efforts in significant legal work for the disadvantaged. Under his direction, a team of Briggs’ attorneys successfully worked over 11 years to overturn the death penalty conviction of a Texas death row inmate. In 2005, Keyes argued the case of a Somali immigrant to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Somali deportation litigation.