Dennis Keene is an AV® Preeminent™ rated partner who represents corporations and individuals in tort-based litigation with an emphasis in product liability and trucking law. His diverse client base ranges from international manufacturers and national motor carriers to regional carriers and local businesses. Dennis gained extensive trial experience as a judge advocate in the U.S. Army and continues to use these trial skills as a civil practitioner, having litigated and tried a number of lawsuits in Georgia. He is also a registered neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution and has mediated a number of personal injury, business, and interpersonal disputes.
Dennis is a member of the State Bars of Florida and Georgia and is admitted to practice in all Florida and Georgia state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Georgia, and the Middle District of Florida as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He has also been admitted on a pro hac basis in a number of jurisdictions.
Dennis is a member of the American Bar Association, where he serves as a vice chair on its Trial Techniques Committee; ALFA’s Product Liability Practice Group, where he serves as its vice chair; ALFA’s Transportation Practice Group, where he serves on its Steering Committee; the Savannah Bar Association, where he serves on the Bar Grievance Committee; and the Defense Research Institute, where he is a member of the Product Liability Committee. He is also an attorney coach for the Georgia High School Mock Trial Program, which recognized him as the 2011 Outstanding Attorney Coach for his region.
Dennis received his B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University in 1990 and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 1993. While at Syracuse, Dennis was a member of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). He was named the recipient of the General Meyer Leadership Award and, upon graduation, was deemed a Distinguished Military Graduate. He was also Phi Beta Kappa. At the University of Miami, Dennis served as an articles and comments editor for the school’s Business Law Journal and co-chaired the Student Bar Association’s Law-Related Education Program.
After law school, Dennis completed the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps Officer Basic Course, where he made the Commandant’s List by graduating in the top twelve in his class. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army JAG Corps from 1993 to 1999, holding various legal positions, including government contract attorney, procurement fraud advisor, prosecutor, and criminal defense attorney. As a prosecutor and defense attorney, he served as lead counsel in more than seventy-five courts-martial.
Dennis is married and has two school-aged children. He is a parishioner at St. James Catholic Church in Savannah and a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Dennis serves on the board of the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire and is a member of the national and Savannah chapters of the Harley Owner’s Group (H.O.G.). He is very active in his children’s school, Savannah Country Day School, where he has served as an attorney coach for the mock trial team for eleven years, chaired the school’s Annual Fund campaign, and served a term on the board of trustees. In addition, Dennis formerly served as the chair of the Budget and Finance Committee of the Military Order of World Wars.