Jeffrey D. Keiner - Attorney at Law

301 East Pine Street
Suite 1400
Post Office Box 3068 (32802-3068)
Orlando, Florida 32801

P 407-843-8880
F 407-244-5690

401 East Las Olas Blvd.
Suite 1000
Post Office Box 2328 (33303-9998)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

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Jeff is a very highly respected experienced trial lawyer. His food product liability work has included representation of the world’s major producers of soups and juices, vegetables and fast-food meat products.  He has held an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell for over 30 years and an AV Preeminent™ rating for over 20 years.  He is recognized as a best lawyer in his field by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and Florida Trend’s Legal Elite.  He successfully tried one of the longest civil jury trials in Florida history, and other high-profile cases, including allegations of e-coli contamination for one of the world’s largest hamburger restaurant chains, and for a large California agribusiness, as well as the usual fingers, frogs, bugs and other undersirables-in-the-food cases.  He has handled hundreds of  jury, nonjury, arbitration, summary proceeding and administrative matters, including complex commercial litigation, patent, trademark, trade name and trade dress cases for food industry clients, numerous “bet the company” matters, and large exposure personal injury, products and wrongful death cases.

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Background

Jeff is originally from St. Louis, and grew up in Marion, Indiana. He earned his undergraduate degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1968. From 1968 to 1971, he served as a communications officer and deck officer on U.S. Navy destroyer, USS Ault. After leaving the Navy, he went to law school, obtained his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1974, and began practicing law with Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson in Orlando. Ten years later he became a founding partner with Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Keiner, Wack & Dickson, P.A.  In June of 1995, he joined GrayRobinson as head of the firm's Litigation Department, concentrating on complex commercial, construction, professional liability, environmental and intellectual property litigation, arbitration and mediation.  He remained head of the firm's litigation department for nearly 20 years and is now an executive shareholder.  He is a frequent speaker and panelist on a wide range of litigation and professional practice issues, and consults with lawyers, house counsel and clients on matters of litigation tactics, procedure and strategy, and jury selection and trial simulations. 

Significant Reported Cases
  • Loggerhead Turtle v. County Council of Volusia County, Case No. 97-2083, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 148 F.3d 1231 (1998) - Environmental Litigation.
  • Ecodyne Cooling Div. of Ecodyne Corp. v. City of Lakeland, Case No. 88-3761, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 893 F.2d 297 (1990) - Lakeland Power Plant Commercial Litigation.
  • American Historic Racing Motorcycle Ass'n, Ltd. v. Team Obsolete Promotions, Case No. 97-1263-CIV-ORL-18B, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division, 33 F. Supp. 2d 1000 (1998) - Trademark Litigation.
  • Loggerhead Turtle v. Cty. Council, Case No. 95-587-CIV-ORL-22, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division, 896 F. Supp. 1170 (1995) - Endangered Species Act Litigation.
  • Florian Greenhouse, Inc. v. Kok Constr., Inc., Case No. 94-769-CIV-T-17A, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division (1995) - Construction Litigation.
  • In re Monroe Cty. Hous. Corp., Case No. 81-01901-BKC-SMW, Adv. No. 81-0516-BKC-SMW-A, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, 26 B.R. 686 (1983) - HUD Section 8 Housing Litigation.
  • In re Rules of Civ. Procedure, Case No. 58986, Supreme Court of Florida, 391 So.2d 165 (1980).
  • Zolla v. DiGaetano, Case No. 99-210, Court of Appeal of Florida, Fifth District (1999) - Commercial Contract Litigation.
  • DeLeuw, Cather & Co. v. Grogis, Case No. 94-1658, Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District, 664 So.2d 989 (1995) - Engineering Construction Litigation.
  • Black & Veatch v. Boothe, Case No. 85-484, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fifth District, 479 So.2d 881 (1985) - Electrical Engineering Litigation.
  • Mechanical Plant Services, Inc. v. Westinghouse Electric Company, Case No. 99-00076-CV-ORL, 31A, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, No. 00-15291 (2001).
  • PortionPac Chemical Corp.vV. Sanitech Systems, Inc., Case No. 8:01-CF-1297-T-17MAP, Middle District of Florida, U.S. District (2002).
  • Transcontinental Records v. Zomba Recording Corporation, Case No. 99-1282-CIV-ORL-22C, Middle District of Florida.
  • Brian Woods v. Planet Hollywood International, Case No. VI-098-8149 (37), Circuit Civil Division, Orange County, Florida.
  • WKMG/Channel 6 - Central Florida Motor Sales.
  • Aerostation Corporation v. Amway, Case No. 96-1102-CIV-ORL-22, Middle District of Florida.
  • In re Sunterra Corp. Securities Litigation,199 F.Supp.2d 1308 (M.D. Fla. 2002).
  • Leatherback Sea Turtle v. Flagler County Bd. of County Com'rs, 359 F.Supp.2d 1209 (M.D.Fla. 2004).
  • Vela v. Kendall, 905 So. 2d 1033 (Fla. 5th DCA 2005).
  • North American Title v. Victor and Norelys Tejada, Case No. CI07CI376.
  • Barnie's v. AMC & Al-Huwaitan, Case No. 6:07-CV-1664-ORL-19UAM, Middle District of
  • Cornelius James Bellamy, II, et. al. v. Exxon Mobil Corporation, Case No. 07-CA-277, Circuit Civil Division, Orange County, Florida.
  • Teton Industrial Construction, Inc. v. Siemens Power Generation, Inc., Case No. 07-CA-3692, Business Court, Circuit Civil Division, Orange County, Florida
Slip Opinions
  • Baker County Medical Services Inc. v. Summit Smith, L.L.C., 2007 WL 114000 (M.D.Fla., 2007)
  • Ranger Const. Industries, Inc. v. Jacobs Civil, Inc., 968 So. 2d 580 (Table), 2007 WL 4278244 (Fla. 5th DCA 2007)
  • Trizen Systems, Inc. v. Software AG, Inc., 2003 WL 25668024 (M.D. Fla. 2003)
  • Jans ex rel. Jans v. The GAP Stores, Inc., 2006 WL 2691800 (M.D. Fla. 2006)
  • P.R.G. Parking Management, LLC v. Park, Bark, & Fly, LLC, 2007 WL 2302144 (M.D. Fla. 2007) Omega Patents, LLC v. Lear Corp., 2008 WL 821886 (M.D. Fla. 2007)
  • Berkel & Co. Contractors, Inc. v. HJ Foundation, Inc., 2008 WL 227880 (M.D. Fla. 2008 
Education
  • Miami University, Ohio, A.B. (1968)
  • University of Michigan, J.D. (1974)
    • Harvard Law School Federal Rules of Evidence Workshop, 1988
    • Harvard Law School Advanced Mediation Workshop, 1989
    • University of Michigan Teaching Fellow, Appellate Advocacy and Legal Writing, 1973
    • Lt. U.S. Navy, USS AULT, DD-698, 1968-1971
Alternative Dispute Resolution Training
  • “Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics” (ACE005), American Arbitration Association, Arbitration Panel, Chair, 2006
  • “Practical Tips for Dealing with Delay Tactics of Parties and Advocates” (ACE004), American Arbitration Association, 2005 
  • “Arbitrator Ethics and Disclosure” (ACE003), American Arbitration Association, 2004
  • Annual Arbitrator Update, 2001
  • 5th District Court of Appeal, Appellate Mediation Training, 2001
  • Advanced Case Management Issues, American Arbitration Association Construction Industry Arbitrator II Training, 2001
  • Construction Industry Arbitrator Training, American Arbitration Association, 1999
  • Advanced Mediation Training, Harvard
  • Various ADR training
Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, 5th Circuit and 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court, New Hampshire
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • The Florida Bar
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    • Certified Mediator, 1999-present
    • Civil Mediator Panelist
  • Florida Supreme Court
    • Certified Mediator, 1989-present
  • Fifth District Court of Appeal, Florida
    • Certified Mediator, 2001-present
  • American Arbitration Association
    • Certified Arbitrator
    • Certified Mediator
    • Commercial and Complex Case Arbitration Panel, Member
    • Large Complex Case Panel for Construction
  • Florida Mediation Group, Member
  • International Mediation Institute (The Hague, Netherlands)
    • Certified Mediator
  • The College of Master Advocates and Barristers
    • Certified Senior Counsel Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
    • National Intellectual Property and Communications Law Sections, Member
  • The Florida Bar
    • Trial Lawyers, Environmental and Land Use Law, Sports and Entertainment Law Sections, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association
    • Federal Judicial Relations Committee, Member
  • Florida Circuit Civil Mediator Society, Member, 2005-present
  • 9th Judicial Circuit Professionalism Panel, Chair, 2014 
  • 9th Judicial Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee, Member
  • American Bar Association
    • Construction Industry, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, Dispute Resolution, Litigation Sections, Member
    • Law Student Division, National Negotiation Competition Judge, 2010
  • Central Florida Inns of Court, Emeritus Member
  • American Registry of Outstanding Professionals, Member
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Society of Automotive Engineers, Affiliate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • The American Institute of Architects, Associate
  • American College of Barristers, Senior Counsel Member
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Member
Civic
  • Leadership Central Florida, 1997
  • Orlando Leadership Council, Member, 1978
  • Leadership Orlando, 1978
  • Adventist University of Health Sciences Foundation, Board Member  
Awards & Recognitions
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2017
  • Chambers USA, Construction, 2003-2017
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2017
    • Top Construction Litigation Attorney, 2009
    • Business Edition, 2012
    •  Top 100, 2007-2008
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2005-2008, 2011-2014
  • Best Lawyers, Orlando Magazine, 2006-2010, 2014
  • Corporate Counsel, Top Lawyer, 2011 
  • American Registry of Outstanding Professionals
    • America's Most Honored Professionals, 2011
  • AV Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Presentations & Seminars
  • “Field Change Procedures,” American Society of Civil Engineers, Young Engineer's Section, 1989
  • "Recent Developments in Stormwater Management,” American Society of Civil Engineers, 1991
  • "Overview of Permitting Procedures for Construction in Florida," American Society of Civil Engineers, September, 1991
  • "Mediation of Commercial Disputes,” American Bar Association, Business Law Section Spring Meeting, 1992
  • VOSCO/NSPE Meeting of Invited Attorneys, 1993
  • “Professionalism,” Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, 1995
  • “Contracts Negotiation and Drafting,” Design Professionals Insurance Company, 1995
  • “Drafting of Construction Contracts,” American Institute of Architects Fall Meeting, November 1996
  • “Determining What Information is Discoverable,” Florida Discovery Skills for Paralegals, January 1998
  • “Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997,” DPIC Insurance Companies, Meeting of Invited Attorneys, April 1998
  • “Practicing Law in the Year 2000,” Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, August 1998
  • “Five Ways the Millennium Bug Might Bite, and Five Ways to Keep it from Biting You!,” Design Professionals Insurance Company, November 1998
  • “Designing in the New Millennium: The 1999 Design Professional Legal Seminar,” October 1999
  • Barry University School of Law, February 2012, Trial Competition, Judge
  • "Mold & Mildew Litigation," CNA – Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, April 2003
  • “Design Documents: Liability Traps and Escapes in Florida,” September 2006
  • Stetson University College of Law and Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Trial Excellence in Advocacy Workshop, January 2008
  • “Avoiding "Green Building" Liability,” CMAA West Florida Chapter, CMAA West Central Florida Chapter and the Design-Build Institute of America Florida Region, Inc., January 2009
  • Case Valuation and Settlement Tips - GrayRobinson, P.A. Litigation Team Luncheon Series, January 2009
  • “Navigating Through First and Third Party Bad Faith Litigation,” GrayRobinson, P.A. Year-End Litigation Department Meeting, Ritz Carlton, Orlando, Florida, August 2009
  • Avoiding "Green Building" Liability, 4th Campus and Community Sustainability Conference, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, October 2009
  • "May It Please the Mediator: Strategies for Success in the Era of the Vanishing Jury Trial," Inside the Minds: Emerging Applications for ADR 29 (Aspatore Books, 2010)
  • “Arbitration and Other ADR,” presented by GrayRobinson, Orange County Bar Association ADR Committee and American Arbitration Association, Orlando, Florida, May 1, 2012
  • Communicate, Arbitrate and Litigate In an Efficient Manner,” The Florida Bar, Paralegal Section Seminar, Orlando, Florida, September 29, 2012
  • Condominium Risk Management Seminar, LRK/Memphis, September 2005 
Articles & Publications
  • "May It Please the Mediator: Strategies for Success in the Era of the Vanishing Jury Trial," Inside the Minds: Emerging Applications for ADR 29 (Aspatore Books, 2010) 
  • Co-Author, "Mixed Use Condo Projects – Pitfalls," April 2005
  • “Mixed-Use Condominium Projects: Cautionary Tales,” Lorman Construction Newsletter, March 2007
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