James R. Keller

James R. Keller

Partner
Location:
Saint Louis, Missouri
Phone:
800-340-2913
Fax:
314-231-4656
Email:

James R. Keller concentrates his practice on complex litigation, construction, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and real estate. He has a B.J. from the University of Missouri (1977) and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law (1980). He has tried more than 100 civil jury and bench cases in state and federal courts and in arbitration, lasting from one day to nine months. He has briefed and argued more than fifteen cases before various state and federal appellate courts. He also applies his trial experience as an arbitrator, mediator and neutral evaluator with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and in handling private disputes. He is a member of AAA’s Construction Arbitrator Master Panel (top 100 in country), Large Complex Case Panel and a member of AAA's newly created Appellate Panel. Mr. Keller has been an arbitrator in more than 140 cases involving construction and business disputes and a mediator in more than 60 such cases. He has served as the Privilege Master in several large arbitrations to review documents (in excess of 100,000 documents) for privilege issues and to resolve disputes over document production. He has negotiated and drafted complex construction contracts for various electric utility companies on both national and international matters involving power plants, as well as contracts to create alliances between utility companies and large general contractors for environmental update work exceeding $1,000,000,000.

He has written more than 100 articles for various bar journals and trade publications on ADR, construction law, real estate, consumer fraud and trial practice. Mr. Keller is the author of Arbitration and Mediation (MoBar 2011) and Home/Land Owners Experience Bumpy Legal Road Since 2009, appearing in The St. Louis Bar Journal, Spring 2011. He also writes the legal column for the St. Louis Construction News and Review.

Mr. Keller is the co-chair of the Construction Law Committee and former chair of the Business Law Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the chair of the Construction Advisory Committee of AAA (St. Louis Region) and the past chair of the ADR Committee of The Missouri Bar. He also has been a speaker at more than 70 seminars.

He is listed as a Super Lawyer in Missouri and Kansas from 2006 to present for Construction Litigation, the Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition from 2008 to present, and the Super Lawyers 2012 Business Edition.  He also is a member of the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (SOICA) and a fellow in the Missouri Bar Foundation.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Real Estate and Condemnation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1980
  • Illinois, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1984

Education

  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1980
    • Law Review: Urban Law Annual, Managing Editor, 1979 - 1980
  • University of Missouri
    • B.J. - 1977
    • Honors: Phi Kappa Phi
    • Honors: Kappa Tau Alpha

Published Works

Classes/Seminars

  • The Sun Does Not Shine on Homeowner’s Solar Panels, St. Louis Construction News and Review, p. 2, July-August 2016
  • Speaker, Guidebook Practice Series: Arbitration & Mediation, sponsored by The Missouri Bar, July 10, 2012 - Present
  • Speaker, Update on the Law of Arbitration and Mediation, The Missouri Bar Spring Committee Meetings, ADR Committee, Jefferson City, MO, May 11, 2012 - Present
  • Speaker, An Update on the Law on Construction, at 11th Annual Construction Law Update: Avoiding Construction Pitfalls and Potholes, sponsored by the Construction Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, May 9, 2012 - Present
  • Speaker, Update on Arbitration Law, The Missouri Bar Fall Committee Meetings, ADR Committee, Jefferson City, MO, November 18, 2011 - Present
  • Speaker, Dispute Prevention & Resolution, sponsored by St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers, November 17, 2011 - Present
  • Faculty, Maximizing Efficiency and Economy in Arbitration: Challenges at the Preliminary Hearing, Program #11ACE65802, sponsored by the American Arbitration Association, November 9, 2011 - Present
  • Moderator, Mudslinging, Manners, and Mediators webinar, sponsored by The Missouri Bar, September 13, 2011 - Present
  • Speaker, Why Arbitration Still Works in a Challenging Economy, sponsored by American Arbitration Association at meeting of Women in Transportation, Metro St. Louis Chapter, Missouri Department of Transportation, Chesterfield, MO, August 11, 2011 - Present
  • Speaker, Increase the Odds in Your Favor: How to Improve Your Chances for Success in Arbitration at 2011 Solo and Small Firm Conference, sponsored by The Missouri Bar, Osage Beach, MO, June 11, 2011 - Present
  • Speaker, Why Arbitration Works in a Challenging Economy, sponsored by the American Arbitration Association, St. Louis, MO, April 12, 2011 - Present
  • Speaker, Legal Update on Arbitration, a webinar, sponsored by The Missouri Bar, St. Louis, MO, February 8, 2011 - Present
  • Speaker, The Art of Arbitration Advocacy, sponsored by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, January 28, 2011 - Present
  • Speaker, Mortgage Law Symposium I: Issues Affecting Consumers, sponsored by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, January 18, 2011 - Present
  • Speaker, Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan for Florissant Valley Kiwanis, sponsored by The Missouri Bar, Florissant, MO, October 12, 2010 - Present
  • Speaker, Other Contractual Risk Shifting Provisions at Managing Risks on Construction Projects, 8th Annual Construction Law Update, sponsored by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, May 27, 2010 - Present
  • Speaker, Update on Recent Arbitration Decisions, The Missouri Bar Spring Committee Meetings, ADR Committee, Jefferson City, MO, May 14, 2010 - Present
  • Speaker, Why Arbitration Still Makes Financial Sense/Cents for Construction Financial Management Association, St. Louis, MO, sponsored by the American Arbitration Association, March 9, 2010 - Present
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in Construction Law for Business Law First Fridays, sponsored by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, March 5, 2010 - Present
  • Speaker, Recent Reported Decisions from the Eighth Circuit and Missouri Appellate Courts on ADR, The Missouri Bar Fall Committee Meetings, ADR Committee, Jefferson City, MO, November 20, 2009 - Present
  • Speaker, Anatomy of a Defect: What It Is and the Rules That Apply, for NBI seminar, Construction Defect Litigation: From A to Z, St. Louis, MO, June 24, 2009 - Present
  • Speaker, Payment Security, Annual Construction Law Update for The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, June 4, 2009 - Present
  • Speaker, An Update on the Law of Arbitration for The Missouri Bar Spring Committee Meetings, ADR Committee, Jefferson City, MO, May 8, 2009 - Present
  • Speaker, An Update on the Law of Arbitration for BAMSL seminar Arbitration, The Art of Advocacy and an Update of the Law, St. Louis, MO, March 3, 2009 - Present
  • Trainer, AAA Arbitration Roadmap for neutrals with the American Arbitration Association, St. Louis, MO, November 11, 2008 - Present
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in Construction Law for BAMSL Business Law First Fridays, St. Louis, MO, November 7, 2008 - Present
  • Speaker, Appearing as a Witness in a Civil Case for HalfMoon seminar, Legal Issues for Missouri Professional Engineers, St. Louis, MO, September 18, 2008 - Present
  • Speaker, Construction Law Issues for Small and Growing Businesses for BAMSL 18th Annual CLE Potpourri, St. Louis, MO, June 30, 2008 - Present
  • Speaker, Understanding Construction Liens for HalfMoon seminar, Solving Lien-Related Title Problems, St. Louis, MO, June 20, 2008 - Present
  • Speaker, Mediation Law Update for NBI seminar, Mediation: A Valuable Tool for Litigation, St. Louis, MO, May 22, 2008 - Present
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in Construction Law for BAMSL Construction Law seminar, Exploring New Forms and Current Construction Topics, St. Louis, MO, May 8, 2008 - Present
  • Speaker, Why ADR – Why AAA? for Mound City Bar Association, St. Louis, MO, August 29, 2007 - Present
  • Speaker, Contract Pricing and Payment for BAMSL Construction Law seminar, Deal or No Deal: Understanding Construction Contracts, St. Louis, MO, May 9, 2007 - Present
  • Speaker, Arbitration of Disputes in Particular Areas: Construction Arbitration for BAMSL seminar, Arbitration of Business and Consumer Disputes: Current Developments, St. Louis, MO, March 22, 2007 - Present
  • Speaker, You Can Pay Me Now or You Can Pay Me (More) Later, St. Louis Construction Expo, St. Louis, MO, February 14, 2007 - Present
  • Speaker, Resolving Legal Disputes for HalfMoon seminar, Design Law for Missouri Architects and Engineers, St. Louis, MO, September 13, 2006 - Present
  • Speaker, Interest and Attorney Fees: The Requirements and Recent Cases for BAMSL Construction Law seminar, You Can Pay Me Now or You Can Pay Me (More) Later, St. Louis, MO, May 10, 2006 - Present
  • Speaker, Appearing as a Witness in a Civil Case for HalfMoon seminar, Legal Issues for Missouri Professional Engineers, St. Louis, MO, November 17, 2005 - Present
  • Speaker, Missouri Mechanic’s Lien Law Basics for BAMSL Construction Law seminar, Everything You Need to Know About Mechanic’s Liens, St. Louis, MO, April 27, 2005 - Present
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in ADR, for the American Arbitration Association’s St. Louis, MO office, February 4, 2005 - Present
  • Speaker, Annual Survey of the Law for The Missouri Bar’s ADR Conference, Columbia, MO, October 15, 2004 - Present
  • Trainer, Award Writing for AAA Arbitrators, a continuing education course, sponsored by the American Arbitration Association, St. Louis, MO, August 26, 2004 - Present
  • Speaker, An Arbitrator’s Perspective on Arbitration for BAMSL Construction Law seminar, A Practical Guide to Construction Arbitration, St. Louis, MO, May 5, 2004 - Present
  • Trainer, Arbitration Update in the Law for AAA National Conference in San Antonio, TX, March 4, 2004 - Present
  • Speaker, Ethical Issues in Construction and Alternative Dispute Resolution for NBI seminar, Key Issues in Missouri Residential Construction Law, St. Louis, MO, February 18, 2004 - Present
  • Trainer, Managing Cases with Self-Represented Parties for AAA Arbitrators, A continuing education course sponsored by the American Arbitration Association, St. Louis, MO, February 13, 2004 - Present
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in ADR: The Supreme Court, Eighth Circuit and Missouri, presented at AAA’s St. Louis, MO office, January 23, 2004 - Present
  • Trainer, AAA Arbitrator Update 2003, presented to AAA neutrals, St. Louis, MO, December 8, 2003 - Present
  • Speaker, Taking the Mystery Out of Construction Arbitration, sponsored by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Construction Law Committee, St. Louis, MO, November 7, 2003 - Present
  • Speaker, Scope of Work; Additional Work; Extra Work, The Legal Minute, presented to the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, August 7, 2003 - Present
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in ADR: The Supreme Court, Eighth Circuit and Missouri, presented at AAA’s St. Louis, MO office, June 30, 2003 - Present
  • Speaker, Mock Construction Mediation by AAA, presented to the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers, during a Claims Avoidance seminar, St. Louis, MO, June 13, 2003 - Present
  • Speaker, Recent Missouri Cases Regarding Construction Claims, presented at a seminar on Construction Claims, sponsored by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Construction Law Committee, St. Louis, MO, May 8, 2003 - Present
  • Speaker, How to Resolve Construction Disputes Through Mediation and Arbitration, presented by AAA to the Associated General Contractors, St. Louis, MO, February 6, 2003 - Present
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in ADR: Missouri and Eighth Circuit, presented at AAA’s St. Louis, MO office, February 4, 2003 - Present
  • Speaker, Construction Dispute Resolution through Mediation and Arbitration, presented by AAA to the AIA, St. Louis, MO, January 8, 2003 - Present
  • Trainer, AAA Arbitrator Update 2002, presented to AAA neutrals, St. Louis, MO, December 9, 2002 - Present
  • Speaker, Annual Survey of the Law, ADR Conference for The Missouri Bar, Lake of the Ozarks, MO, September 27, 2002 - Present
  • Speaker, Dispute Resolution, Let’s Make a Deal: Understanding Construction Contracts, sponsored by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Construction Law Committee, St. Louis, MO, May 16, 2002 - Present
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in Missouri ADR: What People Need to Know, hosted by AAA, St. Louis, MO, March 1, 2002 - Present
  • Speaker, Arbitration and Mediation, presented by AAA to Home Builders Association of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, August 28, 2001 - Present
  • Speaker, Arbitration and Mediation, presented by AAA to the Engineer’s Club, St. Louis, MO, June 26, 2001 - Present
  • Speaker, Potential Defenses and Owner’s Perspective, Dollars and Common Sense for The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Construction Law Committee seminar, Payment Issues on Construction Projects, St. Louis, MO, May 17, 2001 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Co-Chair, Construction Law Committee, Past Chair, Business Law Section, Former member, Board of Governors
  • The Missouri Bar, Past Chair, ADR Committee
  • The Missouri Bar, Member, Construction, Eminent Domain and ADR Committees
  • American Bar Association, Member, Construction, Litigation and ADR Sections
  • American Arbitration Association, Member, Appellate Panel
  • American Arbitration Association, Member, Construction Arbitrator Master Panel (top 100 in country)
  • American Arbitration Association, Member, Large Complex Case Panel
  • American Arbitration Association, Chair, Construction Advisory Committee for St. Louis Region
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys
  • Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, Advisory Board
  • Lindbergh Alumni Association, Charter Life Member
  • Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Past Member, Board of Trustees
  • Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Past President of Encore
  • Missouri State Courts, Mediator
  • St. Louis City and County Circuit Courts, Mediator
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Mediator
  • Super Lawyer, Missouri and Kansas, Construction Litigation and Corporate Counsel Edition, Business Edition

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