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  • Education
    • J.D., magna cum laude, Washington and Lee University School of Law, 2010, Senior Articles Editor for Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Co-Chair for Appellate Advocacy - Moot Court Executive Board; Member of Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse; Omicron Delta Kappa
    • B.A., cum laude, Washington and Lee University, 2005, Politics
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2017
    • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2018
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2020
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2020

Benton Keatley assists clients in all phases of litigation, from internal investigations through post-trial and appellate proceedings. He has experience litigating a wide range of matters in federal and state courts, before federal agencies, and in private arbitration.

Benton's practice is focused in business torts, in particular those arising in bankruptcy and distressed litigation. Benton has experience representing clients on claims of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, copyright infringement, fraud, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, false advertising, libel, and claims under the Lanham Act, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Benton has examined witnesses in depositions and at trial, drafted successful dispositive, discovery and other motions and briefs in several federal cases, and argued direct and collateral appeals.

Before joining Polsinelli, Benton practiced in Washington DC for five years with a national law firm.

  • Successfully challenged an order of the Kansas Corporation Commission on federal preemption grounds, obtaining summary judgment in our client’s favor, including through taking expert witness depositions and playing a key role in dispositive and Daubert motion briefing.
  • Obtained $93 million judgment as trial counsel in prosecution of breach of fiduciary duty and related conspiracy claims on behalf of Chapter 7 Trustee in the Western District of Missouri.
  • Successfully moved to remove from court and compel arbitration of claims arising from commercial contract dispute.
  • Key member of team that represented a commercial real estate data company in a highly publicized lawsuit brought by a publicly traded company in the Western District of Missouri. This representation included defending the client against claims of copyright infringement, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and unfair competition and asserting counterclaims for violations of US antitrust laws. This case has been reported on by The Wall Street Journal and numerous legal and industry publications. Role included drafting key pleadings and dispositive briefing.

Matters prior to joining Polsinelli include:

  • Drafted successful dispositive and other motions in multiple matters on behalf of a Fortune 10 company.
  • Member of investigations team for Fortune 100 company, with day-to-day leadership responsibilities on internal and government-facing investigations.
  • Led the direct and collateral appeals from convictions in a highly-publicized, months-long murder trial as pro bono post-conviction counsel.
  • Drafted key pleadings in the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, In re City of Detroit, and served as second-chair in depositions of the City's expert witnesses.