Colorado and NITA lost a great trial lawyer, teacher, and friend on January 1, 2015, with the passing of William L. Keating. Bill had that great combination of trial skills, humor, and humanity that made him both dangerous in the courtroom and a joy in the classroom. His skills as story teller brought his cases to life and his willingness to share mastering that process made him popular and respected as an advocacy teacher.
Keating was raised in Chicago, and earned a BA from the University of Michigan. Following his graduation, he and his wife, Mary, moved to Colorado so he could play for the Denver Broncos. After his playing days, he attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, earning his JD in 1971. Following graduation, he was a judicial clerk in the 10th Circuit for Honorable Robert McWilliams. He was a founding partner of Keating Wagner Polidori Free. For over forty years he dedicated his professional life to helping those in need. Keating was a past president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers and a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Association of Barristers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2002 he was honored by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association with its Kenneth Norman Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012, he received the Thompson G. Marsh Award from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The Marsh Award was presented for outstanding accomplishment throughout Keating’s career.
As trial lawyer, teacher, and mentor Bill Keating will be missed by his friends in the NITA family.