Rich Keshian has extensive experience in civil litigation, concentrating in product liability and business litigation. He has tried more than 80 jury trials to verdict in federal and state courts, including class actions, trade secret, breach of contract, and product liability cases. Mr. Keshian is a certified mediator and arbitrator. He has represented numerous clients in the furniture industry and other manufacturing industries regarding product liability issues. Mr. Keshian is also an adjunct professor at Wake Forest School of Law. During law school, Mr. Keshian was an Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.

Mr. Keshian has consistently been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation, Product Liability and Eminent Domain. He was also named "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Product Liability Litigation — Defendants by The Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. Keshian has also repeatedly been named a North Carolina "Super Lawyer" in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine, and top rated lawyer in Litigation by Corporate Counsel, American Lawyer and the National Law Journal. Mr. Keshian received the 2008 Pro Bono Impact Award from Business Leader Media. He has also consistently been voted by North Carolina attorneys as a member of "Legal Elite," one of the best litigation attorneys in North Carolina in North Carolina Business magazine. Mr. Keshian is listed in the 2013, 2014 and 2017 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of General Commercial Litigation. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell*.

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

Mediator certified by the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission for N.C. Superior Courts and the U.S. District Court, M.D.N.C.

Member, large complex case panel of Arbitrators and Neutrals for the American Arbitration Association

American Bar Association, Tort Insurance Practice Section, Property Insurance Section, Chairman of Publications

Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Member

The Defense Research Institute, Member

Home Owners Annotations Publication, Regional Editor

North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Member

North Carolina Bar Association, Administration of Justice Study Committee, Member

Tort Insurance Practice Section Annual Survey, Property Law Survey, Editor and Author

Vanderbilt Law Review Editorial Board, Member

Wake Forest Law School Moot Court Board Judge

Winston-Salem Davis Cup Organizing Committee, Member

Winston-Salem Open Tennis Tournament, Board of Directors and Legal Counsel

Education

  • Vanderbilt University, J.D. (1982)
  • Duke University, B.A. (1979)
    with honors

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina (1983)
  • Tennessee (2015)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Who We Are

What fully engaged means to me:

Working with and caring for clients as if their legal and business challenges were my own.

1001 West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC, 27101-2400
USA
t +1 336.607.7322
f +1 336.734.2645

Richard J. Keshian

Experience Highlights

Raymond Hansen and Louann Hansen v. Freedom Mobility Inc., JM Smith Corporation d/b/a Smith Drug Company and Sunrise Medical HHG Inc.
Representing Sunrise Medical in product liability litigation arising out of allegations of negligence, breaches of warranty, fraud, unfair and more
Contract dispute against telecommunications company
Represented leader in telecommunication services in connection with alleging over-billing of switched access usages chargers in violation of more
Carrie Redden v. Avery Dennison Corp.
Represented Avery Dennison Corporation, a producer of consumer products, pressure-sensitive adhesives and materials, in a catastrophic injury action more
Truck manufacturer class action lawsuit
Obtained successful defense verdict for national Class 8 truck manufacturer in class action involving contract, Uniform Commercial Code, and Unfair more