Mr Michael McKeeman > Seyfarth Shaw LLP > San Francisco, United States > Lawyer Profile

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
SUITE 3100
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105-2930
United States
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Work Department

Litigation Department; Real Estate Department; Construction Practice Group; Government Contracts Practice Group; Commercial Litigation Practice Group; Commercial Class Action Defense Practice Group; Product Liability Practice Group; White Collar, Internal Investigations, and False Claims Team


Mr. McKeeman is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s San Francisco office. He is co-chair of the national Construction Practice Group, and he leads the firm’s  San Francisco Litigation Group. Mr. McKeeman specializes in transactional and litigation matters throughout Northern and Southern California involving construction law, real estate, and complex commercial matters. He is a member of the California Association of General Contractor’s Legal Advisory Committee. Mr. McKeeman has significant experience in representing public and private owners, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and design professionals in construction disputes. Mr. McKeeman’s knowledge of the construction industry is bolstered by several years of field experience in which he participated in the construction of large commercial and multi-dwelling residential structures. He also aids contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers in contract drafting, contract negotiation, contract interpretation, differing site conditions, bid protests, extra work, changes, payment disputes, design defects, construction defects, warranty claims, and delay and other impact claims. His practice includes both private and public construction projects. Mr. McKeeman has worked on a wide-variety of projects including commercial structures, hospitals, high-rise office buildings, condominiums, apartments, single-family residences, jails, justice centers, earthwork projects, amusement parks, parking structures, golf courses, and educational facilities. When disputes arise, Mr. McKeeman assists clients with claim preparation, arbitration, mediation, debt collection, and preparing and pursuing mechanics’ lien and stop notice remedies. He also advises clients about alternative dispute resolution procedures that offer viable alternatives to expensive and prolonged litigation. Mr. McKeeman assists clients with real estate transactions. These transactions include real property acquisition, development, and disposition, compliance with building regulations and codes, commercial leasing, eminent domain actions, license agreements, CEQA and real property exchanges. Mr. McKeeman’s clients include both private and public entities. Mr. McKeeman also represents clients in complex, multi-party civil litigation matters involving complex commercial disputes, unfair business practices, trade secret disputes, products liability, premises liability, and personal injury.


American Bar Association; San Francisco County Bar Association


J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law (1994), magna cum laude, Merit Scholar; B.S., University of California, Berkeley (1991), with honors, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Berkeley Alumni Scholar; Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation)

Recognized by clients for its ‘exceptional judgment‘, Seyfarth Shaw LLP fields a sizeable team with a strong presence across the US, acting for a variety of stakeholders in large and complex projects. A key contact in New York is practice co-chair Alison Ashford, who has has expertise in structuring and negotiating development projects ranging from airports and rail stations to high-rise residential housing. Joint practice head Michael McKeeman in San Francisco focuses on dispute resolution for owners, prime contractors, and subcontractors, in relation to both private and public construction projects. Also on the contentious side, Washington DC-based David Blake is rated by clients as ‘an excellent communicator, thoughtful and an avid problem solver‘. Another name to note in DC is Bennett Greenberg, who has vast experience negotiating and drafting contracts for some of the most complex projects in the US market.