Kenneth A. Keeling

Kenneth A. Keeling

Senior Counsel
Houston, Texas

Ken Keeling is a registered patent attorney with substantial litigation and business background.

Mr. Keeling started his legal career with the Arabian American Oil Company (now Saudi Aramco) negotiating large construction contracts and mediating contract claims on behalf of the company in Saudi Arabia. Upon returning to the United States, Mr. Keeling was general counsel to affiliated companies that stored and traded natural gas liquids.

Mr. Keeling founded the Keeling Law, LLC, in 1986 with a focus on providing quality intellectual property services and business representation.

Mr. Keeling's litigation experience includes state and federal court jury trials and arbitration proceedings, including:
• Breach of license agreements
• Trademark infringement claims
• Trade dress claims
• Theft of trade secrets
• License agreements
• Shareholder disputes
• Injunction proceedings
• Deceptive trade practices
• Construction claims
• Contract claims

In addition to cases resolved through jury trials and completed arbitration hearings, Mr. Keeling has achieved successful resolution of conflicts involving a broad range of business and contract matters.

Mr. Keeling has extensive experience in business transactional matters including company formation, business governance, noncompetition agreements, confidentiality agreements, licensing, purchase and sale transactions, non-competes, joint venture agreements, environmental and myriad contracts agreements.

Mr. Keeling's practice presently focuses on consulting with management of small businesses with an orientation toward achieving enterprise goals, protecting intellectual property, achieving resolution of disputes and managing risks.

Texas - 1983 Ohio - 1979 (lapsed)
U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit and U.S. District Court
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Southern and Northern Districts of Texas

University of Louisville, J.D., 1975
University of Kentucky, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1971

Arabian American Oil Company
1976-1982. General Counsel
Belvieu Enterprises Companies
Keeling Law, LLC f/k/a
Keeling Patents & Trademarks, LLC
1986- Present

Published Opinions
U.S. Marine Corp. v. Kline 882 S.W.2d 597 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.], 1994 writ denied)
Seatrax, Inc. v. Sonbeck Int'l, Inc., 200 F.3d 358 (5th Cir.2000).

Affiliations and Activities
Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
Houston Bar Association
State Bar of Texas
Houston Intellectual Property Law Association.

Areas of Practice

  • 30% Consultation, counseling
  • 20% Trademark
  • 20% Trade secret, noncompetition
  • 10% Patent prosecution

Litigation Percentage

  • 20% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Registered Patent Attorney, USPTO, 1984

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1982
  • Ohio, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1984


  • University of Louisville School of Law, Louisville, Kentucky
    • Juris Doctor - 1975
  • University of Kentucky
    • B.S. Mechanical Engineering - 1971

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, 2006 - Present
  • Houston Bar Association, 1986 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Arabian American Oil Company (now Saudi Aramco), 1976 - 1982
  • Belvieu Enterprise Company (and affiliates), General Counsel, 1982 - 1986


  • English