Kevin A. Keeling

Kevin A. Keeling

Houston, Texas

Kevin Keeling is a registered patent attorney whose business and intellectual property practice involves both litigation in all areas of intellectual property and commercial issues, as well as transactional matters including matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, contract/license negotiation, securing IP rights, and client counseling. During his years in practice, Mr. Keeling has achieved many successful outcomes for clients in litigation as well as in transactional matters.

Mr. Keeling's broad technical background includes coursework in inorganic and organic chemistry, physics and the life sciences, as well as engineering. In addition to his college education, Mr. Keeling completed rigorous Navy Nuclear Power coursework, finishing all phases in the top 10 percent of his class. His Navy training consisted of concentrated courses on electrical theory, electrical applications, power distribution, nuclear reactor theory and radiation. The culmination of Mr. Keeling's Navy training included hands-on training with a live nuclear reactor leading to certification by the Department of Energy.

Following his Navy training and while completing his undergraduate degree, Mr. Keeling was stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75). Mr. Keeling was pivotal in the equipment installation and testing required to bring this 100,000-ton warship to life, pass sea trials and prepare for its first major deployment. Mr. Keeling and 20+ nuclear operators whom he supervised were also responsible for the operation and maintenance of electrical and electro-mechanical systems and subsystems of one of the multimillion-dollar nuclear reactors on the Truman.

Following his six years in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Keeling attended Villanova University School of Law where he was the President of the Married Law Students/Law Students with Children. While attending Villanova, Mr. Keeling became a registered patent agent and worked during the school year as a law clerk. Following law school, Mr. Keeling has practiced in intellectual property specialty law firms at some of the largest law firms in the United States, as well as having worked as a senior assistant city attorney for the city of Houston, handling technology contracts and licensing for numerous departments within the city.

Mr. Keeling's experience and education have allowed him to represent clients from a variety of industries including: oil and gas, nondestructive testing/inspection, communications, transportation, optics/holography, food processing, medical devices, pharmaceutical, drug delivery systems and other industries. His technical education, training and experience permit him to represent clients in handling matters involving all aspects of intellectual property law, as well as the other facets of the businesses that his clients face.


Areas of Practice

  • 40% Litigation
  • 20% Trademark
  • 20% Trade secret, noncompetition
  • 20% Consultation, counseling

Litigation Percentage

  • 40% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Registered Patent Attorney, USPTO, 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2007
  • Pennsylvania, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2007


  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 2003
  • Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
    • B.S. cum laude - 1999
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering Technology (Nuclear Emphasis)

Honors and Awards

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (a Thompson Reuters Service), 2005 - 2006
  • Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star (a Thompson Reuters Service), 2013
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, 1987 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, 2005 - Present
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, 2007 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • City of Houston Legal Dept. - Contracts Section, Senior Asst. City Attorney, 2014 - 2016
  • Howrey LLP/Winston & Strawn LLP, Senior Associate, 2007 - 2014
  • RatnerPrestia, Patent Attorney, 2005 - 2007
  • Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd., Patent Attorney, 2002 - 2005
  • United States Navy, Electrician's Mate (Nuclear) First Class, 1995 - 2000


  • English