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)

Bennett Greenberg and Sara Farabow, who are based in the firm’s Washington DC office, co-chair the ‘nationwide‘ construction practice at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, which is praised for providing a service that has ‘the feel of a local, personal nature‘ and ‘never gives the impression that we are just one of a long list of clients‘. The New York office is headed by Alison Ashford, whose primary focus is the structuring of projects and negotiating project agreements, including public-private partnerships at the government level; she also has an impressive track record in energy, mining and natural resources projects. In recent work, Greenberg is representing the Municipality of Anchorage in major litigation against participants in the Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project, totaling more than $340m. Additionally, the team, including Washington DC partners Jason Smith and David Blake, are preparing design-build and construction management contracts for aspects of the project that total $250m. Greenberg and Blake were also the key names on the $500m redevelopment of Reagan National Airport for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. In addition, Greenberg is advising the Transbay Joint Powers Authority on all construction-related matters pertaining to the $4.5bn development of the new transit center in San Francisco. Alongside Michael McKeeman and counsel Patty Lee, who are based in San Francisco, Greenberg acted for the same client in successfully resolving $35m worth of claims through an alternative dispute resolution process. McKeeman has been retained by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to draft and negotiate the $40m purchase order for the exterior skin of the new museum in Los Angeles. He was supported by San Francisco associate Katherine Polychronopoulos, who was also active in the representation of Vance Brown as general contractor in a $15m dispute with a developer relating to the construction of a large campus complex in the Silicon Valley. This matter was led by San Francisco partner Gregg Dulik, who is recommended by one client for his in-depth knowledge of ‘our business and our industry‘.