Christopher Keele, Esq., is a full-time mediator and arbitrator with JAMS. Mr. Keele has supervised, tried and settled hundreds of cases in a diverse litigation practice spanning over 36 years.
With nearly three decades in the courtroom, Mr. Keele brings extensive experience and sound judgment to mediations and arbitrations. Through his close collaboration with industry executives and client decision-makers, he has developed a keen understanding of the interplay among law, risk and business. This gives him the tools and temperament for creative problem-solving to reach practical solutions.
Mr. Keele has enjoyed various roles in an expansive career: trial lawyer, law firm founder and managing partner, and manager of complex litigation. He has gained deep experience in a broad range of commercial and complex litigation, with emphasis on health care and business disputes.
Mr. Keele served as lead counsel on dozens of cases of various types, including professional liability, breach of fiduciary duty, real estate, premises liability, environmental, land use, products liability and contracts of all shapes and sizes.
In the health care field, Mr. Keele immersed himself in complex case management and dispute assessment and valuation, adapting seamlessly to ever-changing business and litigation integration strategies as well as to the industry’s dynamic and competitive landscape.
Mr. Keele has been lauded by clients and peers—including opposing counsel and adverse parties—for his professionalism, integrity and patience. These qualities complement his thoughtful and informed decisions and his clear and straightforward communication style. He is also known for his tenacity to move matters forward and get things done.
In both mediations and arbitrations, Mr. Keele is committed to listening to and understanding each party’s positions, arguments and circumstances. His sense of humor and steady hand bring calm to hotly contested matters. He will have empathy for every party’s point of view. And he will bring objectivity and efficiency to the process
Mr. Keele’s experience allows him to bring fresh energy and new perspectives to alternative dispute resolution.
Business and Commercial
- Litigation over termination of wind energy contracts and land leases with state
- Case for breach of contract for geothermal power plant operations and electricity generation
- Dispute over ownership of data under technology services agreement
- Litigation against state for breach of special education services contract
- Dispute over distribution of profits under film production contract
- Numerous disputes over reimbursement for medical services
- Health care provider claims for reimbursement from payors (per written and implied contracts and “reasonable and customary” valuations)
- Contract disputes between health insurance plans and payors, including authorization for services and division of financial responsibility issues
- Claims by ancillary services providers (home care and diagnosis, infant audiology, interpretive services) under medical services agreements
- Cases about federal department and state agency payments for dialysis services
- Asset purchase and practice acquisition cases; issues include pre-transaction reps and warranties, enterprise performance and valuation, post-acquisition “earn-out” payments, shareholder physician buyouts, indemnities, alter ego liability and piercing corporate veil
- Specialty practice performance and revenue/compensation/bonus disputes
- Termination of provider service agreements, including disputes about outstanding payments, solicitation of patient-members and continuity of care
- Disputes over terms, timing and logistics of termination of specialty services agreements
- Physician employment contract disputes: terminations, noncompete agreements; compensation and bonus determinations
- Disputes involving shared-risk agreements between plans and providers-payors; issues include responsibility for institutional services vs. professional services, claims reimbursement, payments for medications and calculation of capitation payments
- Claims for underpaid capitation payments and shared-risk surpluses under physician group services agreements
- Claims for trade secret violations and tortious interference with contractual relations, network interference, patient-member and physician solicitations
- Partnership and joint venture disputes and litigation
- Antitrust litigation involving network of dialysis clinics
- Case involving alleged operation of health care service plan without Knox-Keene license, as well as capitated relationships between plans and risk-bearing organizations
- Cases involving third-party administrator scope and performance, claims administration class action
- Disputes concerning Medicare and ERISA preemption of provider state law claims
- Disputes over disclosure of provider services agreements and health plan capitation agreements
- Numerous cases, including government cost-recovery, contribution and private party actions, and claims for natural resource damages, under federal and state Superfund laws (CERCLA, RCRA, California HSAA)
- Administrative and enforcement actions against private parties by federal and state agencies for hazardous substance disposal, discharges and clean-up
- Disputes over CEQA compliance and land use restrictions
- Numerous cases for professional negligence, including medical and accounting malpractice
Real Property and Property Damage
Torts, Personal Injury, Premises Liability and Product Liability
- Disputes over purchase and sale agreements, including duty to disclose, disclosures and fraud
- Disputes over water boundary determinations (sovereign lands per tide and submerged lands, navigable waters)
- Commercial lease disputes and litigation
- Residential landlord-tenant disputes, including waste and habitability issues
- Unlawful detainer actions
- Litigation arising from use and ownership of former rail system property as well as property damage
- Claims for damages to residential properties from fire and water intrusion, including disputes over first-party coverage for same
- Numerous cases arising from asbestos exposure, including personal injury and wrongful death
- Litigation involving exposure to toxic chemicals, including industrial cleaning solvents
- Claims and compliance under California’s Proposition 65
- Litigation involving negligent hiring and supervision of commercial staff, resulting in alleged injury to minors
- Cases involving slip and fall at commercial and retail locations
- Litigation over injuries due to defective gym equipment
- Claims against fast-food chains for alleged foreign objects in food products