David Keenan

Senior Associate
Securities Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement

David Keenan is a senior associate in Orrick’s Seattle office.  David currently serves as President of the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington and President of Northwest Justice Project. David’s practice focuses on securities and other complex commercial litigation as well as internal investigations, and he has represented clients in Washington’s superior, appellate and supreme courts, as well as in numerous federal courts, and has argued and won a case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Mr. Keenan also devotes a considerable amount of his practice to providing free legal assistance to those in need, particularly in the area of civil rights.  In addition, Mr. Keenan previously served as a Special Deputy Prosecutor in the Felony Trial Unit of the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, where he co-tried multiple felony cases to verdict.

Mr. Keenan has been honored by the Washington State Bar Association and Seattle University School of Law for his service to the legal and non-profit communities. He graduated from Seattle University School of Law, summa cum laude, receiving the Dean's Medal for his accomplishments,  an honor he achieved while working full-time as a federal agent and attending law school at night.  While in law school, Mr. Keenan also served as an associate editor of the Seattle University Law Review.

Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Keenan served in law enforcement as a senior special agent with the federal government, investigating crimes such as human trafficking, money laundering, and identity theft. He served as a law enforcement representative to the Western Washington banking community regarding bank secrecy and anti-money laundering issues.

Mr. Keenan was also a member of the Financial Intelligence Review Team under the direction of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle, and has presented on a panel on bank secrecy and suspicious activity reports at the National Advocacy Center.

Outside of work, Mr. Keenan is very involved in service to the legal and non-profit communities, serving on six boards and commissions and several committees with a particular focus on at-risk youth and access to justice issues. In addition, Mr. Keenan devotes hundreds of hours each year to pro bono work, including in U.S. District Court and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

David Keenan
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  • Washington
Court Admissions
Supreme Court of the State of Washington
    United States Courts of Appeals
    • Federal Circuit
    • Ninth Circuit
    United States Court of Federal Claims
      United States District Courts
      • Western District of Washington
      • Eastern District of Washington

      • J.D., summa cum laude, Dean’s Medalist, Seattle University School of Law, 2008
      • B.A., Union Institute & University, 1997
      • Dean’s Medalist, Seattle University School of Law
      • Seattle University School of Law Outstanding Alumnus
      • Seattle University Law Review, Associate Editor
      • Six CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for top course grades
      • First in Class, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, 1994
      • Washington State Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
      • Hon. Thomas S. Zilly, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington

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