C. David Keen
719A Dishman Lane
Bowling Green, KY 42104
(270) 781-7500 Voice
(270) 781-7533 Facsimile
I have been practicing law since 1993. If you told me when I started that I be a family law attorney, I would have disagreed. That was never my plan. In fact, I never really even planned to practice law. Let me explain.
When I started college at Elizabethtown Community College (which is affiliated with the University of Kentucky), my goal was to become a medical doctor. As I neared the end of my sophomore year, however, that changed.
While enrolled at ECC, I became involved in student government and was elected as President of the Student Government Association. Along with serving in this role, I was the student representative on the Kentucky Council for Higher Education, representing the community colleges across the state. In this role, I traveled to Frankfort regularly to attend Council meetings. It was a great experience.
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (1993)
One of the important relationships I developed during this time was with my microbiology professor. He was familiar with my work relating at the KCHE and suggested that I reconsider my plan to become a physician. He believed that I was better equipped to pursue a career in politics and that a law degree was an ideal step toward this. His advice caught me off guard, but because I respected his opinion, I gave it serious consideration.
After much thought and prayer, I took my professor’s advice and changed my major from pre-med to Business Administration and Economics. I graduated from University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in each in 1989. I entered law school in the fall of that year at the University of Louisville and earned my law degree in 1992.
I knew at that time I would need to practice law for a few years before making a foray into politics. Given my background in business, I intended to practice business law. In 1993, in pursuit of this goal, I took a position with Stewart, Rolandt & Gregory, a small firm in the Louisville suburb of Crestwood. At SR&G, I handled cases in a variety of areas, including family law, criminal law, Social Security Disability, real estate transactions and other general civil matters. The other lawyers at the firm were good mentors who helped me learn the practical aspects of being an attorney.
After a couple years at SR&G, I accepted a position with the Bullitt County Attorney’s office, where I divided my time between serving as a part-time prosecutor and general civil practice. This allowed me to develop trial experience under the supervision of Bullitt County Attorney Walt Sholar. I stayed in this position until 1997, when Shepherdsville attorney David Pike asked me to join his practice.
Mr. Pike’s practice was entirely civil in nature, which allowed me to deepen my experience as a civil litigator, while continuing to offer some general civil practice opportunities. I did this until 1999, when Brian Schuette invited me to join him to form Schuette & Keen in Bowling Green.
After a few months of practicing in Bowling Green, I began to develop a sense that my calling, if you will, was not business law or politics. Instead, and much to my surprise, it became clear that family law is the area where I am best equipped to help others. I find deep satisfaction in helping people through the crises that are so common in today’s culture. I am energized by the chance to bring peace and order to the chaos that accompanies family dysfunction, whether I do so as an advocate or a mediator. In fact, I can comfortably say that serving families and individuals in family law matters is my ministry.
David Keen is a partner with the Kentucky office of Crain|Schuette Attorneys. He focuses on all aspects of family law and serves as a mediator in family law and civil matters in Southcentral Kentucky.