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G. Matthew Keenan (Matt)


G. Matthew Keenan

G. Matthew Keenan (Matt)


100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
Birmingham, AL 35209

Matt Keenan is a partner in Starnes Davis Florie’s Birmingham, Alabama office.  He represents clients in all matters of commercial litigation in federal and state courts in Alabama and Georgia as well as in arbitration.  His litigation practice includes contract and commercial surety, construction, contract disputes, products liability, negligent security cases, labor and employment, creditors’ rights, administrative and judicial redemption of real property encumbered by tax certificates or tax deeds, and the representation of condominium boards.


Professional Recognition

  • Rising Star for the State of Alabama by Alabama Super Lawyers® magazine

Community Involvement

  • Matt and his wife enjoy raising their three children in Homewood, Alabama and all of the activities and sports they participate in with one still in high school and one in middle school.  His family remains actively involved in their church, and Matt has served in the past as an elder as well as on the vestry in a prior church.
  • Matt has devoted time to the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program and has also been involved in the Birmingham Bar Association’s New Lawyer Mentoring Program.
  • Matt is a member of the Alabama Surety Association and is active in the Atlanta Surety Claims Association.


  • Goudy Construction, Inc. v. Raks Fire Sprinkler LLC, 2019 WL 6841067 (N.D. Ala. 2019)Obtained dismissal of a bad faith claim against subcontractor’s Surety in federal court.
  • Successfully represented a developer in a multi-party arbitration over alleged construction defects in which the claimant sought over $10,000,000.00 in damages.
  • Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Maryland v. Jefferson County Commission, 756 F. Supp. 2d 1329 (N.D. Ala. 2010) – Prevailed in summary judgment on behalf of Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Maryland who had issued a Performance Bond concerning the installation of a new elevator system in a county courthouse.  The Court agreed that the owner, not the Surety, was in breach of the A312 Bond by limiting who the Surety could hire to complete the project when the Surety elected to proceed under the takeover provision of the Bond.
  • Successfully represented a publicly traded Canadian corporation in defense of a bankruptcy trustee’s action to recover millions of dollars on behalf of creditors of a Florida entity that was the subject of an attempted acquisition.
  • Had a TRO entered against a defendant to prevent if from selling personal property from land where title was purportedly obtained through a tax deed and thereafter redeemed the real property back to the original owner under Alabama’s tax redemption statutes.
  • Xcel Masonry, Inc. v. K&B Quality Masonry, Inc.; et al. – Obtained a defense verdict in favor of a Surety in a jury trial where the claimant sought payment under Alabama’s Little Miller Act and the Surety’s Payment Bond.
  • Obtained affirmance from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of a Surety in an action by a subcontractor under the Federal Miller Act.
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Presentations and Publications

  • The Impact of a Principal’s “Newco,” presented at the 2018 Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference in Clearwater, FL (April 20, 2018).
  • To Pay or Play: Options Available to the Surety: Finance or Takeover, presented at the 2017 Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference in Nashville, TN (April 20, 2017).
  • The Alabama Chapter of The Fidelity & Surety Law Committee 2013 Mid-Winter Program: The Surety Underwriter’s Desk Book published by the American Bar Association (2013-2017).
  • Performance Bonds: Remedies Available to the Obligee, presented at the 2016 Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference in Charleston, SC (April 21, 2016).
  • How the BP Oil Spill Has Impacted Recovery Efforts for Sureties, presented at Alabama Surety Association Meeting in Birmingham, AL (August 11, 2015).
  • Bad Faith Claims by the Owner/Obligee, presented at the Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference in Clearwater, FL (April 24, 2015).
  • Considerations for Green Building & Sustainable Development, presented at Construction Law Seminar for Architects, Professional Engineers and Contractors in Birmingham, AL (July 18, 2013).

Fun Facts

  • Matt is originally from a small town in West Texas, and although his Texas roots run deep, Birmingham has become home for he and his family since moving here for law school.
  • Prior to starting a family, he and his wife enjoyed a five year stint in New York, where he worked in the advertising world as an Art Director.
  • He and his wife have three children.
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