People: Michael T. McKeeman, Partner

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Michael T. McKeeman

Partner

San Francisco
Direct: (415) 544-1038
Fax: (415) 397-8549
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Mr. McKeeman is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP's San Francisco office.  He co-leads the San Francisco Commercial Litigation Practice Group and is a member of the Construction Practice 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, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers 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 owners, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers in contract drafting, contract negotiation, contract interpretation, bid protests, 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, transportation facilities, 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, dispute resolution boards, debt collection, and preparing and pursuing mechanics’ lien, stop notice and bond remedies.  He advises clients about alternative dispute resolution procedures that offer viable alternatives to expensive and prolonged litigation.
 
Mr. McKeeman is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP's San Francisco office.  He co-leads the San Francisco Commercial Litigation Practice Group and is a member of the Construction Practice 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, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers 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 owners, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers in contract drafting, contract negotiation, contract interpretation, bid protests, 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, transportation facilities, 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, dispute resolution boards, debt collection, and preparing and pursuing mechanics’ lien, stop notice and bond remedies.  He advises clients about alternative dispute resolution procedures that offer viable alternatives to expensive and prolonged litigation.
 

Education

  • 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

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Northern Districts of California

Affiliations

  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers as a Leading Lawyer for Construction in California (2013-2017)
  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers as a Notable Practitioner for Construction in California (2011-2012)
  • San Francisco County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Presentations

  • “Mandatory Disclosures and Ethical Compliance on Federal Contracts—Best Practices and Lessons Learned,”  Construction Super Conference, San Francisco (2010)
  • "Understanding Buy-America and Requirements Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," Association of General Contractors of California, Legal Retreat (2009)
  • “Understanding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,” AGC Legal Advisory Committee (2009)
  • “Managing Construction Contract Changes,” National Business Institute (2008)
  • “Understanding the Basics of Mechanics’ Lien Law,” National Business Institute (2008)
  • "Construction Sites in the Urban Environment:  Damages to Adjacent Structures in California," Lorman (2007)
  • "Using a Mechanics’ Lien to Get Your Money in California," National Business Institute (2006)
  • "Getting Paid on California Private and Public Construction Projects," Seyfarth Shaw LLP (2004)
  • "Construction Payment Remedies in California," National Business Institute (2003)
  • "Drafting Effective Construction Contracts," Federal Publications (2001)
  • "Mechanics’ Lien Law and Strategies in California," National Business Institute (2000, 2001, 2002)
  • "Construction and Law Practice," CLE International (1999)
  • "Changes and Claims in Government Construction," Federal Publications (1998)

 

Publications

  • "State-by-State Guide to Architect, Engineer and Contractor Licensing," California Chapter, Aspen Publishers (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014)
  • "Contractors’ Tort Claims Leave Design Professionals Wondering if Liability is Spiraling Out of Control," Cost Engineering (October 2007)
  • "Termination Notification Short Circuits Electrical Subcontractor’s Performance Bond," Cost Engineering (September 2007)
  • "Bid Awards:  Change Order Pulls Rug Out From Under Tunneling Subcontractor," Cost Engineering (August 2007)
  • "Bid Proposals:  Subcontractor’s Qualified Bid Burns General Contractor," Cost Engineering (July 2007)
  • "Liquidated Damages:  Court Pulls Plug on Utility Contractor’s Case," Cost Engineering (June 2007)
  • "False Claims:  Road Embankment Construction Proves to be a Slippery Slope for Contractor," Cost Engineering (May 2007)
  • "The Cost of Change," Cost Engineering (April 2007)
  • "Getting Paid on Private Projects," Cost Engineering (March 2007)
  • "Getting Paid on Public Projects," Cost Engineering (February 2007)
  • "New Rules for Electronic Data," Cost Engineering (January 2007)
  • "Using a Mechanics’ Lien to Get Your Money in California," National Business Institute (2006)
  • "Getting Paid on California Private and Public Construction Projects," Seyfarth Shaw LLP (January 14, 2006)
  • "Government Contract Year in Review," Conference Briefs, West Group (January 30, 2003)
  • "Construction Payment Remedies in California," National Business Institute (March, 27, 2003)
  • "Mechanics’ Lien Law and Strategies in California," National Business Institute (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002)
  • "Advanced Construction Law in California," National Business Institute (1997, 1999, 2002)
  • "Drafting Effective Construction Contracts," Seyfarth Shaw LLP (1999)