Lori Keeton has been practicing law in North Carolina since 1998. She regularly represents individuals, businesses and municipalities in civil actions in both state and federal courts. In addition, she regularly assists her clients with contract negotiations and disputes.

Ms. Keeton also utilizes her twenty years of litigation experience to assist companies in minimizing their litigation risks.  She offers clients a full analysis of their current risk level based upon, among other things, their existing insurance coverage, vendor agreements and terms of service as well as their policies, procedures and training materials and advises them on how to maximize these and other tools to avoid being sued.  In conjunction with this aspect of her practice, she also regularly speaks to business owners, event planners and other professionals about risk management issues including safety concerns, security considerations, alcohol service, claims investigations and record keeping.

Prior to opening her own firm, Ms. Keeton practiced at Parker Poe Adams and Bernstein for fifteen years and then worked at a boutique litigation firm for approximately four years.

Ms. Keeton is admitted to practice before the United States Courts for the Middle, Western and Eastern Districts of North Carolina, the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.


  • B.A., Stetson University, summa cum laude, 1995
  • J.D., University of Florida School of Law, 1998, with honors
  • Honored as a 2018 “Leader in the Law” by North Carolina Lawyer’s Weekly
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 in the areas of Municipal Law and Municipal Litigation
  • Named one of the “50 Most Influential Women” by the Mecklenburg Times, 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Litigation, 2016-2018
  • Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite” in Litigation, 2016-2018
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers®  in Litigation (2018)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers® Rising Star in Products Liability (2009, 2011-2013) (Selection criteria available at
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Order of the Coif
  • University of Florida Law Review- Notes and Comments Editor
Professional Associations
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Women Lawyers of Charlotte
  • American Bar Association 
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (“CREW”)
  • “The Power of Point of View,” Metrolina Paralegal Association’s Annual CLE Seminar, February 24, 2017
  • “Legal Issues in Security Management: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words,” Advanced Digital Solutions’ Technology Showcase Seminar, November 2014
  • “Cover Your Assets,” International Special Events Society (ISES)-Charlotte Chapter, April 2014
  • “Local Government and the Law,” National Business Institute (NBI), December 2012
  • “Managing the Risks Associated with Event Planning,” ISES– Charlotte Chapter, November 2012
  • “Preparing for the DNC- Premises Liability and Insurance Considerations,” American Society of International Security (ASIS) – Charlotte Chapter, August 2012
  • “Premises Liability Issues and Prevention of Accidents and Response Thereto in Relation to the DNC,” Mecklenburg County Bar Luncheon Series, March 2012
  • “Premises Liability Issus for Business Owners,” Conventional Wisdom for Preparing for an Unconventional Event, January 2012
  • The Resource, “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: New North Carolina Law Offers Guidance on the Disclosure of Body and Dash Camera Footage.” July 2016
  • The Resource, “Up in the Air: The Effect of Estate of Armstrong Ex. Rel. Armstrong v. Vill. Of Pinehurst on Future Taser Usage in the Fourth Circuit.” July 2016
  • Recent Developments in Insurance Coverage Litigation: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Risks, Interpreting Policy Language, and Developing a Litigation Strategy, “Business Interruption Coverage in the Wake of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill: The Devil is in the Details.”
  • Florida Law Review, “What Is Really Rotten in the Food Lion Case,” 49 Fla. L. Rev. 111 (1997).
Community and Bar Involvement
  • Mecklenburg Bar Foundation Incoming President,  2018-2019
  • Ayscue Professionalism Award Committee, 2016-present
  • Women’s Business Sorority, 2016-present
  • Mecklenburg Bar Foundation Board of Directors, 2013-present
  • Live Loud Collective (Women’s Entrepreneurial Group), Content Editor, 2017-present
  • Northside City Church, Sunday School Teacher, 2017-present
  • Northside City Church, Vacation Bible School Teacher, 2017-present
  • Duke Energy “Girl Power” Event, Speaker, October 2015
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Member, Bar Leadership Institute Committee 2013-2016; Chair, Social & Networking Committee, 2012-2013; Centennial Events Task Force, 2011-2012
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys Defense Fund Board (2014); Government Liability Practice Group (Chair, 2011-2012; Vice Chair, 2009-2011)
  • Justice Initiatives, Inc. Board of Directors, 2010-2013
  • Selwyn Presbyterian Child Development Center Board of Directors, 2013-2015
  • Garinger High School Mock Court Trial Team Coach, 2011