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W. Hampton Keen

Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen and Littky-Rubin
1919 N. Flagler Drive
Suite 200
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
561-832-3580
www.clarkfountain.com


W. Hampton Keen specializes in products liability and catastrophic injury cases throughout Florida and across the United States, having handled cases out of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, among others. Many of the cases he handles involve design and manufacturing defects, as well as complex liability situations. During his career, Mr. Keen has achieved numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients.

Hampton has litigated successfully against almost every international automotive and tire manufacturer. Having litigated the cutting edge issues in the product liability field – from claims against Ford and Firestone for the recall of the ATX and Wilderness tires in the early 2000s to the sudden unintended acceleration cases against Toyota of today – Hampton’s goal is to protect the consumer and work toward the recall of any product that is unsafe and unreasonably dangerous.

In October 2013, Hampton obtained an $11 million dollar jury verdict for his clients against Continental Tire.

Areas of Practice

       
  • Personal injury and wrongful death
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  • Commercial and consumer litigation
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  • Design and manufacturing defects
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  • Defective vehicles
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  • Vehicle rollover and roof collapse
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  • Air bag system
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  • Seat and seatback failure

       
  • Seat belt failure
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  • 15-passenger van accidents
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  • Vehicle handling
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  • Vehicle stability
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  • Boating and maritime accidents
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  • Crashworthiness
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  • Sudden unintended acceleration

Awards and Honors

       
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Products Liability Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation
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  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®
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  • Florida Trend magazine’s Legal Elite – Top 2 % of Lawyers
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  • Florida Super Lawyers – Top 5 percent of attorneys in Florida
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  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers
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  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
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  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
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  • South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyer

Bar Admissions

         
    • Florida, 1995
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    • U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, 1996

Education

       
  • J.D. with honors, University of Florida, 1995
         
    • Teaching Fellow, University of Florida, College of Law, 1993-95
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    • Senior Editor – Florida Law Review: University of Florida College Law
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    • Former College of Law Honor Committee: University of Florida College Law

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  • B.A., English/History, University of Virginia, 1988

Professional Memberships

       
  • Florida Justice Association
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  • Speaker’s Bureau: The Florida Bar
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  • Barrister: Craig S. Bernard Inn of Court

Community and Civic Service

       
  • Co-Chairman, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Pro Bono Night Annual Fundraiser (2011-2013)
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  • Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Board of Directors
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  • Vice Chairman, Florida Bar Grievance Committee within the 15th Judicial Circuit
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  • Judge: Pathfinder Award for Academic Excellence, Palm Beach County School Board

Personal
Hampton, his wife, and three children reside in West Palm Beach, Florida. Both Hampton and his wife are fifth generation Floridians.
Legal Victories

Hampton handled the briefing and oral arguments for the trial team that convinced several Florida Courts to allow a claim for punitive damages against Chrysler for designing and manufacturing a 15-passenger van that the firm argued the company knew was prone to rollovers. These court rulings were the first in the country on this issue.

Ultimately, Chrysler stopped manufacturing the van altogether and adopted a safer design in its similar vehicles.

In 2008, Hampton represented a family who lost their son in a car accident wherein Hampton contended the seat belt was defective and caused their son’s untimely death. The case went to trial against Mitsubishi Motors and a jury awarded his clients $11 million in damages; the verdict was affirmed in December 2010 by the appellate court.

Although Hampton typically handles cases involving wrongful death or severe injury, Hampton earned a jury verdict of $513,000 for a client whom the defense argued had only soft-tissue injuries,  as he had no surgery at the time of the trial four years after the accident.

More recently, after Hampton selected a jury in a California trial involving a trucking accident, which resulted in a client sustaining a severe brain injury, the case was resolved for a confidential amount that was more than quadruple the pre-trial offer.