Immigration & Criminal Defense Attorneys

 

J. Christopher Keen

 

 

J. Christopher Keen

Founding Attorney

As the founding attorney for Keen Law Offices, LLC, J. Christopher Keen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Brigham Young University. He then went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. Since that time, he has been admitted to practice before all of the state courts in Utah.

J. Christopher Keen

As the founding attorney for Keen Law Offices, LLC, J. Christopher Keen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Brigham Young University. He then went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. Since that time, he has been admitted to practice before all of the state courts in Utah, including the:

  • Utah Supreme Court
  • Federal District Court for the District of Utah
  • Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

In addition, the attorney is admitted to practice before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, as well as the Board of Immigration Appeals. Within these state and immigration courts, he has defended the rights of hundreds of immigrants.

The attorney’s practice has remained focused on handling various immigration matters, including:

  • Defending foreign nationals in immigration court
  • Post-conviction work
  • Defense of alleged foreign nationals charged with a crime
  • Complex immigration issues
  • Appeals

Mr. Keen has argued cases in front of courts throughout the entire state and in the Federal District Court for the District of Utah. He has also had cases heard before different appellate courts, including:

  • Utah Court of Appeals
  • Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals
  • Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Attorney Keen has prepared and provided training to other immigration attorneys by presenting to the Utah State Bar, the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Utah Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Additionally, he has argued cases throughout the Western United States, such as*:

  • Utah
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • Colorado
  • Nevada
  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Arizona
  • California

*Mr. Keen is licensed only in Utah, but can appear in Federal Immigration Courts across the U.S.

Prior Legal Experiences

Mr. Keen has a variety of previous legal experiences that allows him to diligently serve his current clients. He has clerked in the Labor Division of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office in Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition, he has clerked for two law firms in Salt Lake City, Utah and Denver, Colorado. This provided him with experience in litigation, criminal defense, and immigration law.

He is a member of the following associations:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Central Utah Bar Association

In October 2009, Mr. Keen was appointed by the Utah Supreme Court to be a mentor to new attorneys in the Utah State Bar’s inaugural group of mentors. His many attributes and experience set him apart from others, which allowed him to be qualified for this role.

Mr. Keen’s Personal Life

Attorney Keen grew up in Norwalk, California, which is a suburb of Los Angeles. There, he attended John Glenn High School. He worked his way through college by performing many jobs, including being a bank teller, waiter, store clerk, and software salesman.

He has a strong passion for history, especially family history. Putting this interest into action, he authored a book on the Keen family. He also speaks fluent Spanish, which he learned in school and improved during two volunteer mission trips among Spanish-speaking migrants in Idaho.

In his free time, Mr. Keen enjoys sailing, reading, history, and spending time with his wife and children.

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Immigration
  • Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Utah
  • U.S. District Court District of Utah
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, Utah
  • Juris Doctor
  • Brigham Young University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Major: History

Published Works

  • Fernandez-Vargas v. Ashcroft, 394 F.3d 881, 10th Cir., 2005
  • Fernandez-Vargas v. Gonzales, 126 S. Ct. 544 2005 WL 871058, U.S., 2005
  • Fernandez-Vargas v. Gonzales, 126 S.Ct. 2422, U.S., 2006
  • Lorenzo v. Mukasey, F 3d-2007, WL 4111986, 10th Cir., 2007

Classes/Seminars

  • Instructor, Basics of Immigration Law, Utah State Bar, August 17, 2006
  • Instructor, Habeas Corpus and Detained Immigrants, Utah Chapter of American Immigration Lawyer’s Association, January 26, 2007
  • Co-Presenter, “Solo Practice Seminar”, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, 2004 – 2008
  • Co-Presenter, “Practical Immigration Law Tips For Criminal Defense Lawyers”, Utah Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, April 24, 2008
  • Co-Presenter, “What Businesses Need to Know about Immigration Trends”, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, November 5, 2008
  • Co-Presenter, “Immigration Consequences of Criminal Law”, Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Seminar, September 18, 2009
  • Presenter, Managing Your Law Practice, AILA
  • Presenter, Expert In Immigration Law, Utah Federal District Court
  • Co-Presenter, “Representing the Immigrant of Appeal, Before the Appeal”, AILA, November 8, 2013.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2005 – Present
  • American Immigration Lawyer’s Association, Member, 2002 – Present
  • AILA, National Committee Member, FOIA Committee, 2008 – 2009
  • AILA, Utah Chapter, DRO/ICE Liaison Committee Member, 2009 – Present
  • AILA National Conference, Vancouver, 2008
  • AILA National Conference, Orlando, 2007
  • AILA National Conference, San Antonio, 2006
  • AILA National Conference, Salt Lake City, 2005
  • AILA National Conference, New Orleans, 2003
  • AILA, Board Member, 2010 – 2011

Past Employment Positions

  • Missouri Attorney General’s Office in Jefferson City, Missouri, Clerk
  • Utah Attorney General’s Office in Salt Lake City, Utah

Pro Bono Activities

  • Centro Hispano; Provo, UT, 2009 – Present

Languages

  • Spanish

Articles by J. Christopher Keen

  • “Fee Increase – File Soon”
  • “How Do I Prove a Good Faith Marriage?”
  • “Master FAQ”
  • “I Have Married a U.S. Citizen”
  • “Merits FAQ”
  • “I Am an Immigrant and Have Been Arrested”
  • “Paying an Immigration Bond”
  • “Salt Lake City Immigration Court Has a New Immigration Judge – What does that mean to YOU?”
  • “Utah’s Plea in Abeyance Law and Immigration Law”