Christopher J. Keeven


Christopher Keeven is a Partner at Shaw Bransford & Roth.  Mr. Keeven is an experienced litigator who has tried cases before federal courts, administrative forums such as the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and arbitrators. 

Mr. Keeven represents executives, law enforcement officers, foreign service officers, government agencies, and private employers confronted with employment legal challenges.  Mr. Keeven advises individuals subjected to Inspector General, congressional, U.S. Office of Special Counsel, and other governmental investigations, as well as investigations of harassment and discrimination allegations.  He is knowledgeable of government employee due process rights, and has significant experience representing both public employees and employers in disciplinary proceedings. 

Mr. Keeven represents lawyers subjected to attorney disciplinary proceedings.  He has successfully defended numerous lawyers subjected to investigations by state bars and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility.  

Mr. Keeven represents individuals throughout the security clearance application process, and has helped many government personnel and contractors successfully appeal the revocation or denial of their security clearance.  He has advocated for security clearance applicants before many government agencies, including for contractors before the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals

Mr. Keeven also assists individuals to obtain government records through the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act. 

Mr. Keeven was appointed by the D.C. Bar’s Attorney/Client Arbitration Board to serve as a volunteer arbitrator for the D.C. Bar’s Fee Arbitration Service.   

Prior to joining the firm in 2009, Mr. Keeven served as General Counsel to the unions representing the U.S. Capitol Police and U.S. Park Police.  Throughout his legal career, Mr. Keeven has provided training and guidance on employment and labor law.


 Areas of Practice

  • Federal Personnel and Employment Law

  • Private Sector Employers

  • GSA Schedule Legal Services

  • Federal Agency Legal Services

  • Security Clearances

  • FOIA and Privacy Act

  • Employment Law Training

  • Attorney Disciplinary Proceedings

 Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

  • Illinois

  • Missouri

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia


  • B.A., University of Missouri

  • J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law

 Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Center for
    Professional Responsibility

  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers

  • D.C. Bar

  • Illinois Bar

  • Missouri Bar

  • Metropolitan Washington Employment
    Lawyers Association