Patrick Keel, a former state district judge, has mediated and arbitrated thousands of disputes, including those involving commercial contracts, construction contracts, employment law, trade secrets, patent, copyright, trademark, real estate, class actions, administrative law, probate, defamation, professional malpractice, family law, and personal injury claims. He is also an adjunct professor in the trial advocacy program at the University of Texas School of Law. In 2009, the Supreme Court of Texas appointed Keel to the Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas.
After obtaining his B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas and graduating with honors from UT Law School in 1989, Keel practiced commercial litigation for thirteen years with Baker Botts LLP, where he was a partner in the firm’s trial department and hiring partner for the firm’s Austin office.
Keel is a member of the Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, a sustaining life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a founding life fellow of the Austin Bar Foundation, a master emeritus and former president of the Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court, and a member of the Association of Attorney-Mediators. Keel is a frequent speaker on mediation, arbitration, and professional ethics. In 2018, he received the Austin Bar Association’s Professionalism Award, sponsored by the Texas Center for Legal Ethics. In 2017, Keel was selected as the UT Law Alumni Association's Mentor of the Year.
As a lawyer and as a mediator and arbitrator, Keel has been active in Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, a non-profit organization that provides legal services to the poor. He is also an alumnus and former executive-committee member of the Texas Lyceum Association, a non-partisan, non-profit organization devoted to public policy and developing the next generation of leadership in Texas. Keel is a volunteer, former director, and past president of the Dispute Resolution Center, an independent, non-profit organization that provides dispute-resolution services in central Texas.
In 1995, Governor George W. Bush appointed Keel to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, the state agency responsible for setting and enforcing minimum standards for county jails, where he served for seven years. During college, at age 20, Keel was elected to the Lake Travis ISD board of trustees.
Keel is a fifth-generation Austinite and sixth in a family of seven children. His hobbies include running, trail walking, snow skiing, and water skiing. Keel is a member of and volunteer at St. Austin Catholic Church.
J.D., with Honors, University of Texas School of Law (1989)
Director, Legal Research Board; Member, Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity
B.A. in Economics, University of Texas at Austin (1986)
Member, Golden Key National Honor Society
Mediator and Arbitrator (2005 to present)
Lecturer, University of Texas School of Law (2007 to present)
Judge, 345th District Court of Travis County, Texas (Jan. 2003 thru Dec. 2004)
Baker Botts LLP, Austin Texas (1989 to Jan. 2003)
Partner in firm's trial section, specializing in commercial litigation
Hiring Partner for firm's Austin office (1999-2001)
Austin Bar Association and Texas Center for Legal Ethics Professionalism Award (2018)
UT Law Alumni Association Mentor of the Year (2017)
Volunteer, past president, & former board member for non-profit organization that promotes & provides affordable alternative dispute resolution training and services in Travis County.
Alumnus and former executive committee member of statewide, non-partisan organization devoted to public policy and developing the next generation of leadership in Texas.
Volunteer dog walker and trainer of other volunteers at City of Austin's Town Lake Animal Center.
Volunteer reader for non-profit organization providing educational materials for students with disabilities such as visual impairment and dyslexia.
Appointed by governor to state commission responsible for setting minimum standards for county jails in Texas.
Volunteer attorney & mediator for non-profit organization providing legal services to the poor.
- Member, State Bar of Texas (Professional Ethics Committee)
- Austin Bar Association
- Association of Attorney-Mediators
- National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
- Sustaining Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (District 9 nominating committee co-chairman)
- Master Emeritus and past president, Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court;
- Fellow, American Bar Foundation
2814 Glenview Avenue
Austin, Texas 78703
(not the location for mediations)