J. Keith Killian

Killian Davis Richter & Mayle, PC
202 N. 7th St.
P.O. Box 4859
Grand Junction, CO 81501
(970) 241-0707

J. Keith Killian

Grand Junction, Colorado

Keith is a past president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and is a current board member. He is a Leaders Forum Member of the American Association for Justice. He is or has been a member of the Legislative Policy Committee of the Colorado Bar Association, Plaintiff's Employment Law Association, National Employment Law Association, and Faculty of Federal Advocates. Keith has been practicing law since 1978. He started his own practice in 1991. He was designated an Advocate by the National College of Advocacy in 1994. He has been recognized as practicing in the top 5 percent of his profession by the Colorado Bar Fellows. Keith has been designated a Colorado Super Lawyer by Denver's magazine, 5280 in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Keith has helped multiple families involved in mining accidents, chemical or propane explosions, and radiation exposure involving serious injuries and death. These cases include roof fall and methane or hydrocarbon explosions. He is also a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association.

Areas of Practice:

Personal Injury

Workers' Compensation

Product Liability

Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA)

Bar Admissions:

Colorado, 1978

U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1978

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1979

U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2000

U.S. Supreme Court, 2005

Navajo Nation, 2007


University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado, 1978


Law Review: University of Colorado Law Review

University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 1975

Bachelor of Arts

Honors: Honorary Society, Pi Sigma Alpha

Major: Political Science

Representative Cases:

Hall v. Claussen, 246 F. 3d 681 (10th Cir. 2001)

Hall v. Claussen, 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS 3404

Bowe v. SMC Elec. Prods., Inc., 945 F. Supp 1482 (D. Colo. 1996)

Reynolds v. Staff Administrators, 977 P.2d 866 (Colorado Supreme Court 1999)

Community Hosp. v. Fail, 969 P.2d 667 (Colorado Supreme Court 1998)

Black v. Waterman, 83 P. 3d 1130 (Colo. App. 2003)

McManus v. Indus Claim Appeals Office, 81 P.3d 1074

Honors and Awards:

Colorado Bar Foundation Fellow, 2006

Colorado Super Lawyers, 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships:

American Association for Justice, Leader's Forum


Colorado Trial Lawyers Association

President 2006 - 2007; Board Member 1997 - Present

Plaintiff's Employment Law Association


National Employment Law Association


Faculty of Federal Advocates


Past Employment Positions:

Killian, Jensen & Davis, P.C., Attorney and Shareholder, 2008 - Present

Killian, Guthro & Jensen, P.C., Attorney and Shareholder, 2004 - 2007

Killian & Guthro, P.C., Attorney and Shareholder, 2000 - 2003

Keith Killian & Associates, P.C., Attorney and Shareholder, 1991 - 1999

Elder & Phillips, P.C., Attorney and Shareholder, 1987 - 1991

Mesa County Public Defenders' Office, Deputy Public Defender, 1983 - 1987

United States Air Force, Judge Advocate General (Attorney), 1979 - 1983

Russell & Warkentine, Associate Attorney, 1978 - 1979