Ian T. Keeler is a partner in Clapp Ferrucci. Mr. Keeler has vast litigation experience in business and real estate litigation (e.g. commercial contract disputes, commercial and residential lease disputes, and foreclosures) including presentation of argument and briefing of cases at trial and appellate levels.
Mr. Keeler’s representative cases include:
- Represented corporation and obtained summary judgment against minority shareholders, upheld on appeal, transfer denied, in a shareholder derivative action where a special litigation committee was appointed and issued a determination regarding the validity and viability of the minority shareholders’ derivative claims.
- Obtained reversal with instructions to enter judgment in favor of client on appeal of commercial landlord-tenant dispute regarding tenant’s exercise of an optional lease term.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of client and award of all damages, costs and expenses, including attorney’s fees, in construction contract dispute.
- Defended founding member and obtained judgment following bench trial on all of plaintiffs’ claims, both in contract and fraud, in dispute regarding the formation and membership of an LLC.
- Defended and obtained dismissal in U.S. District Court, and obtained summary judgment in State Court on claims that clients breached non-compete agreement and misappropriated plaintiff’s trade secrets.
- Obtained settlement of all claims filed by the Indiana Attorney General against client for alleged statutory violations relating to foreclosure consultancies and consumer fraud.
Mr. Keeler also has transactional experience, including providing counsel, drafting and negotiating various legal documents for individual and business clients relating to real estate and business transactions (e.g. commercial and residential leases, real estate and asset purchase agreements, land contracts, guarantees, non-disclosure & confidentiality agreements, promissory notes, mortgages, security agreements, deeds, settlement agreements and amendments). Mr. Keeler advises clients on corporate governance, customer notices, and regulatory compliance. Mr. Keeler also advises clients regarding and prosecuting trademarks before the USPTO.
Mr. Keeler earned his Juris Doctor from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in May 2011. In law school, Mr. Keeler was a Student Note Editor for the Indiana International and Comparative Law Review. Mr. Keeler's note was selected for publication in Volume 21, Issue No. 2 of the law review, and titled Is a Jury Composed of People Having Ordinary Skill in the Art? Reasons Why the United States Should Change Its Approach to the Obviousness Question in Patent Litigation.
Mr. Keeler graduated from Clemson University in 2006, where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. At Clemson, Mr. Keeler was a four year letterman on the varsity tennis team and served as Captain, and he had a design internship with BMW in Greer, South Carolina.
Before law school, Mr. Keeler worked as an engineer for Bridgestone Firestone Diversified Products in Carmel, Indiana. During his time there, Mr. Keeler held positions with both Firestone Industrial Products and Firestone Building Products.
A lifelong Fishers resident, Mr. Keeler graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School in 2002. In high school, he was a four year letterman on the varsity tennis and varsity hockey teams.
Mr. Keeler is admitted to practice in the State of Indiana, and before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. Mr. Keeler has been a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and the American Bar Association since 2011.
Outside of the firm, Mr. Keeler completed the ICLEF Trial Advocacy Skills College (2017); coaches Mudsock Youth Athletics and Hockey; competes in various marathon and triathlon events; participates in a men’s hockey league; and attends Heartland Church in Fishers with his family.
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
- Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
- J.D. - 2011
- Clemson University
- B.S. - 2006
- Major: Mechanical Engineering
- Is a Jury Composed of People Having Ordinary Skill in the Art? Reasons Why the United States Should Change Its Approach to the Obviousness Question in Patent Litigation, Indiana Law Review, Volume 21, Issue No. 2
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Indiana State Bar Association, Member
- American Bar Association, Member, 2011