Anne enjoys a diverse civil litigation and appellate practice focusing on personal injury defense, product liability defense, fire and arson claims, defense of mental health organizations, employment discrimination, and insurance coverage issues. She also advises several school districts on various education law matters.
Anne thrives on the challenges of defense litigation. Her trial experience includes the defense of a national corporation on remand of a multi-million-dollar punitive damage award, and the successful defense of a young woman sued on a six-figure claim by an insurance company after a fire broke out at her apartment complex, as well as other personal injury litigation. In addition to her success in the courtroom, Anne has extensive experience briefing dispositive motions, achieving favorable decisions in numerous cases, among them a multi-million-dollar products liability suit. Anne has also conducted successful appeals and oral arguments in the Ohio Supreme Court, and Ohio’s First, Second, Third, and Twelfth District Courts of Appeals as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
Anne holds an AV® Preeminent™ Rating. The “AV®Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating” is given to less than 5% of all attorneys across the United States and means that Anne “has been rated by Judges and fellow attorneys as having the highest level of professional ethics for legal ability and ethical standards.” One Judge described Anne as “a superb litigator” and a “fierce advocate … [whose] legal knowledge, both substantive and procedural, is broad and deep.” Local attorneys described Anne as “outstanding.” Anne was also named as an Ohio Rising StarSuper Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine in 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The award is peer nominated, and only 2.5% of lawyers in the State of Ohio are named. Anne is an active member of the Ohio State and Dayton Bar Associations, as well as the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys and Defense Research Institute. She serves on the Executive Committee for the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court in Dayton and acts as its Programming Chair. Anne also co-chairs the Dayton Bar Association’s Solo/Small Practice Committee.
Community commitment is important to Anne. She is a member of the Associate Board for the Dayton Art Institute, planning the Art Institute’s annual Oktoberfest and Art Ball fundraisers. Anne also volunteers for Hospice of Dayton, serving on its Foundation Board and on its Style Show Committee.
When not serving her clients, Anne revels in time spent with her husband, Mark, and their two sons, not to mention the family’s Airedale Terrier. The Keetons are avid UK and UVA fans, and make regular treks to Virginia and Kentucky to visit family and friends.
- J.D., University of Kentucky (2003)
- B.A., University of Virginia (2000)
- Supreme Court of Ohio
- Supreme Court of the United States
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- United States District Court Southern District of Ohio
- Dayton Bar Association
- Solo/Small Practice Committee, co-chair
- Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court
- Executive Committee Member
- Programming Committee Chair
- Ohio State Bar Association
- Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
- Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
- Defense Research Institute
- Dayton Art Institute, Associate Board
- Hospice of Dayton, Foundation Board and Style Show Committee
Primary Practice Areas
- Education Law
- Employment & Labor
- Business Litigation
Insurance – Personal Injury
- Dickens v. Bloomingdale (Apr. 2, 2010), Mont. Cty. Case No. 2009-CV-407. Defended driver against personal injury suit where plaintiff doctor claimed herniated disc from auto accident, resulting in an excellent verdict for the client.
- Fry v. Cho (January 30, 2013), Montgomery Cty. Case No. 2011-CV-6276. Obtained unanimous defense verdict in disputed-liability car accident case. The plaintiff had sought a six-figure verdict for her injuries.
Insurance – General Liability and Casualty
- Schrolucke v. Auglaize Farmers Cooperative, Auglaize County Case No. 05-CV-0103. Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Auglaize Farmers Cooperative on an employer intentional tort claim arising from a grain dust explosion.
Insurance – Declaratory Judgment
- State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co. v. Gourley, Franklin Cty. Case No. 10CVH-08-12271. Obtained summary judgment in a declaratory judgment action where the insured had intentionally rammed another vehicle but claimed that she had not intended injuries. Summary judgment upheld by the Tenth Appellate District in No. 12AP-200, 2012-Ohio-4909.
Insurance – Fire & Arson
- Auto-Owners Mutual Insurance Company, et al. v. Lori B. McGohan, et al. (April 28, 2008), Mont. Cty. Case No. 2005-CV-9214. Unanimous defense verdict in subrogation trial against young woman accused of causing apartment building fire.
- The Lofts at Graydon Place Unit Owners Assoc. v. Showe Management Corp. dba Metropole Apts., Hamilton Cty. Case No. A0804053. Represented Fenton Rigging & Contracting, Inc. on alleged roof fire claim at upscale downtown Cincinnati apartment building. Handled claim from pre-suit fire investigation, through contested liability litigation, to successful settlement.
- Asbury v. EZ Lock, Inc. (2007), Mont. Cty. Case No. 05-CV-530. Multi-million dollar products liability case in which a successful Daubert challenge excluded the plaintiff’s primary expert and resulted in summary judgment for the defendant.
- Coffey v. AK Steel Corp., et al.,Butler County No. CV 2008 05 2371. Defended BR Retreading, Inc. in complex negligence and products liability suit involving tire explosion, with claims voluntarily dismissed following settlement by all other defendants.
Community Mental Health Organization Defense
- Green v. Logan County, Ohio, et al., U.S. District Court, S.D. Ohio No. 2:07-CV-778. Attained judgment on the pleadings on negligence and Section 1983 claims for a mental health organization and licensed social worker arising out of a brutal murder by a juvenile sex offender. Plaintiff’s request for leave to amend was denied due to its futility.
Employment & Labor
- Ginwright v. Dayton Board of Edn., et al. U.S. District Court, S.D. Ohio No. 3:08-CV-298. Obtained grant of summary judgment on disability discrimination and breach of contract claims.
- Mad River Loc. Sch. Dist. Bd. of Edn. v. Athletic Design/Build Grp., Ltd., et al.,Montgomery County No. 08-CV-00417; Prosecuted breach of contract claim arising out of faulty track construction to successful settlement.
- Bellow, et al. v. Spence, et al.(April 30, 2013), Montgomery County Case No. 2011 CV 04745. Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a high school nurse and high school assistant principal sued by a student and her family after the student was allegedly raped as she walked home following a suspension from school.
- John Blust, et al. v. Lamar Advertising Company (June 13, 2008), Mont. Cty. Case No. 01-CV-2035. Defended a national corporation in a week-long jury trial on remand of complex punitive damages claim resulting in a seven figure reduction in the amount of the damages award.
- Lovett v. Tyree, First Appellate Dist. No. C-050266. Successful appeal upholding summary judgment in slip and fall case.
- Uhl v. Thomas, Twelfth Appellate Dist. No. CA2008-06-131, 2009-Ohio-196. Defended summary judgment to success in the Court of Appeals in premises liability case involving barn roof collapse.
- State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co. v. Gourley, Tenth Appellate Dist. No. 12AP-200, 2012-Ohio-4909. Successfully defended summary judgment on behalf of insurer in declaratory judgment coverage action.
- AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale Hubbell
- Ohio Rising Star Super Lawyer, Law & Politics Magazine, 2005, 2010 – 2012
- Commissioned by Gov. Paul Patton as a Kentucky Colonel for service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, 1998 – present
- Summary Judgment: What You should Know about Civil Rule 56, Continuing Legal Education Seminar for the Dayton Bar Association, 2006
- Cyberbullying: What to do when Sticks and Stones Go Digital, Legal Issues for School Personnel Seminar, Greene County ESC, 2011