Richard Keeton offers and implements practical solutions tailored to his clients’ specific needs and desired outcomes, whether through formal bankruptcy proceedings, out-of-court workouts, state court receiverships, or related litigation.
Richard Keeton, a Washington native, joined the firm in 2019. Richard represents corporate debtors, trustees, and other parties in interest in chapter 7 liquidations and chapter 11 reorganizations across a variety of industries, including healthcare, agriculture, tobacco, and hospitality. As an appellate advocate, he has briefed and argued appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. Richard is also a significant contributor to the firm’s receivership practice.
Richard is recognized locally and nationally as an up-and-coming bankruptcy and restructuring practitioner. Notably, he was invited to participate in the 2022 Class of the Next Generation Program, sponsored by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and the American College of Bankruptcy. He has also been included in the 2022 and 2023 editions of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ for his work in Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and has been nominated by his peers as a “Rising Star” in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights in Thompson Reuters Super Lawyers® magazine every year since 2020. Richard currently sits on the Executive Board for the King County Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section and has served on the WSBA Board of Bar Examiners since 2017.
After graduating law school, Richard clerked for the Honorable Christopher M. Alston of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington, after having previously served as an extern to Bankruptcy Judge Brian D. Lynch. During law school, Richard was published in the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, a peer reviewed journal published by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and served as the editor-in-chief of his law school’s Business & Bankruptcy Law Journal.
Additional Attorney Information
Chapter 11 representation of independent board of directors in the Eastern District of Washington. The Debtors sold more than 22,000 acres of real property and provided significant returns to creditors in a case that involved a fraud scheme that exceeded $200,000,000 in damages.
Chapter 11 representation in the District of Alaska of operator of group homes and in home care with approximately 250 employees.
Representation of Chapter 7 trustee in the liquidation of a large and complex consumer foreclosure law firm. Represent the trustee in liquidating the debtor’s assets, determining the ownership for millions of dollars of sales proceeds, and recouping preference and voidable transfers.
Representation of Chapter 7 trustee in the liquidation of a large and complex non-judicial foreclosure business. Represent the trustee in liquidating the debtor’s assets and determining the ownership for millions of dollars of sales proceeds.
Representation of Chapter 7 trustee in appeal of bankruptcy court’s order denying the trustee’s objection to the debtor’s claimed homestead exemption.
Representation of Chapter 7 trustee in a complex individual case involving the transfer of substantial business interests and other assets into self-settled trusts.
Representation of Chapter 7 trustee in the administration of estate assets.
Education & Bar Memberships
- Bachelor of Arts, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2011
- Juris Doctor, Texas Tech University, 2015
- National Order of Scribes
- Editor-in-Chief, Business & Bankruptcy Law Journal
- Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Washington, 2016
- Washington State Bar
- Idaho State Bar
- Admitted to practice in the:
- Eastern District of Washington;
- Western District of Washington;
- District of Idaho; and
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Presentations & Publications
- The New Chapter 11 for Small Businesses: A Deep Dive into the New Subchapter V, Washington State Bar Association, February 2020
- Case Law Update & Local Practice Tips: Term Law Clerk Discussion of Recent Ninth Circuit Cases and a Cheat Sheet for Your Local Procedural Questions, King County Bar Association, January 2018
- Executive Board Member, KCBA Bankruptcy Law Section
- Board Member, WSBA Board of Bar Examiners
- Volunteer Judge, University of Washington School of Law moot court competitions
- American Bar Association, Business Law Section
- Washington State Bar Association, Creditor Debtor Rights Section
- King County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section
- Turnaround Management Association
- Federal Bar Association