Building A 21st Century Practice – Guest Lecture with Ryan McKeen

Ryan McKeen of the McKeen Law Firm shares his experiences building a 21st century practice. After seven years with his previous law firm, Ryan struck out to take on new challenges. While those seven years at his previous firm were great when it came to learning the law one thing struck Ryan. When he started his new firm he had to be forward-thinking when it came to technology. He is committed to spending less time on the ‘back end’ of his practice so he could spend more time practicing law. This is how he put together a 21st century practice* without being a techno wizard, and by not only not compromising the client experience, but enhancing it.

The audio is about 60 minutes. Listen directly below.

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*Any reference to products and equipment are the choices of the guest, not specifically endorsed by Solo Practice University


Ryan McKeen knows his way inside, outside, up and down Connecticut’s courthouses. For the past 9 years he has given his Connecticut license a work out. He is smart and tough, both in the courtroom and when running races.

In 2013, Ryan was honored by fellow members of the Connecticut Bar as being an innovator in the practice of law. In 2014, the Hartford Business Journal named Ryan McKeen one of its “40 under 40″.

Ryan is the founder of A Connecticut Law Blog, which was named one of the top 100 legal blogs in the United States by the ABA Journal. He is a frequent speaker on legal blogging, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the Hartford Courant. Ryan has published articles in both the ABA Journal and the Hartford Business Journal.

All people want to talk to Ryan about at parties is former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz. In 2010, Ryan challenged Susan Bysiewicz’s credentials to serve as Attorney General. After analyzing the law, he took a controversial position that in order to serve as Attorney General a candidate must possess litigation experience. This position was ultimately validated by the Connecticut Supreme Court.

When Senator Blumenthal and the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence were looking for a few good men, they found Ryan. In 2011, Ryan was honored as a “First 100 Recipient” and recognized along with many state leaders for making a difference in the fight against domestic violence. Ryan is also passionate about the rights of runners, pedestrians and cyclists — enjoying both their company and advocating on their behalf. Ryan is a member of the Glastonbury River Runners, and runs the Hartford Marathon.

Ryan lives in East Granby with his wife Allison, their daughter, son, and dog Brady. Though Brady is named after a Patriot, Ryan’s true sports love is the Red Sox.

Ryan is a member of the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and the Hartford County Bar Association. Prior to opening McKeen Law Firm, LLC, Ryan was an associate for 6.5 years at a well respected East Hartford law firm and a partner at a firm in Hartford.

Ryan regularly tries cases to verdict and works diligently to apply cutting edge trial methods. He attends national conferences on trying cases and never misses an opportunity to sharpen his courtroom skills.

Ryan can be reached at: ryan@mckeenlawfirm.com

Follow Ryan @ryanmckeen. Connect with Ryan on LinkedIn.

All opinions, advice, and experiences of guest bloggers/columnists are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, practices or experiences of Solo Practice University®.

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