2019 Top Attorneys: J. Ransdell Keene
Criminal Defense • Civil Law • Social Security • Disability • Family/Domestic Law • Personal Injury • Adoption Law
A former U.S. attorney, J. Ransdell Keene handles cases involving personal injury, business law, adoption, domestic, civil, criminal and general litigation. He has 47 years of experience, trying cases in city, state, juvenile and federal courts.
“I enjoy the challenge of the difficult case, and I believe in the power of experience,” he said.
Keene is a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He received his Juris Doctorate from the Louisiana State University School of Law in 1972. He began his legal career as a trial attorney and became first assistant to the U.S. attorney and later was appointed as U.S. attorney.
Born and raised in Shreveport, he opened his own office in 1982.
“Our smaller law firm is able to give you the highest quality personal attention you deserve,” he said. “You’re not just another case. We take time with you so you understand your case and how we plan to represent you.”
He is a specialist in litigation and enjoys the diversity of the cases he handles. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter appointed him as the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana. The Western District includes 42 parishes.
Keene is a member of numerous professional organizations. He is admitted and licensed to practice law in all Louisiana State Courts, the Louisiana Supreme Court, the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (New Orleans), the U.S. Eleventh Circuit of Appeals (Atlanta), the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Court of Claims. He has tried cases in all parts of Louisiana, many cases in Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, New Jersey, California, Oklahoma, North Dakota and the District of Columbia.
From 2001 to 2005, he served as a commissioner with the Metropolitan Planning Commission. Keene is a member of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys, Louisiana Association of Justice, Louisiana Baptist Foundation, Carter Foundation, Louisiana State Bar Association and American Bar Association.
Keene is married to Elizabeth McLean Keene and they have five children and six grandchildren. His hobbies include building museum quality sailing ships for charities, and he coached baseball for over 40 years and is a loyal St. Louis Cardinals fan. An avid reader, gardener and dog lover, he and his wife love to travel to see their college-age son play the violin and perform in college and professional orchestras and ensembles. He often gives historical lectures and book reviews and loves U.S. history issues and all issues involving public education. All five children graduated from Caddo Parish Public Schools. The Keenes are active in several animal rescue organizations and are members of East Ridge Country Club and the Shreveport Club.