Rich Keshian has extensive experience in civil litigation, concentrating in product liability and business litigation. He has tried more than 80 jury trials to verdict in federal and state courts, including class actions, trade secret, breach of contract, and product liability cases. Mr. Keshian is a certified mediator and arbitrator. He has represented numerous clients in the furniture industry and other manufacturing industries regarding product liability issues. Mr. Keshian is also an adjunct professor at Wake Forest School of Law. During law school, Mr. Keshian was an Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.

Mr. Keshian has consistently been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation, Product Liability and Eminent Domain. He was also named "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Product Liability Litigation — Defendants by The Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. Keshian has also repeatedly been named a North Carolina "Super Lawyer" in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine, and top rated lawyer in Litigation by Corporate Counsel, American Lawyer and the National Law Journal. Mr. Keshian received the 2008 Pro Bono Impact Award from Business Leader Media. He has also consistently been voted by North Carolina attorneys as a member of "Legal Elite," one of the best litigation attorneys in North Carolina in North Carolina Business magazine. Mr. Keshian is listed in the 2013, 2014 and 2017 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of General Commercial Litigation. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell*.

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

Mediator certified by the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission for N.C. Superior Courts and the U.S. District Court, M.D.N.C.

Member, large complex case panel of Arbitrators and Neutrals for the American Arbitration Association

American Bar Association, Tort Insurance Practice Section, Property Insurance Section, Chairman of Publications

Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Member

The Defense Research Institute, Member

Home Owners Annotations Publication, Regional Editor

North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Member

North Carolina Bar Association, Administration of Justice Study Committee, Member

Tort Insurance Practice Section Annual Survey, Property Law Survey, Editor and Author

Vanderbilt Law Review Editorial Board, Member

Wake Forest Law School Moot Court Board Judge

Winston-Salem Davis Cup Organizing Committee, Member

Winston-Salem Open Tennis Tournament, Board of Directors and Legal Counsel


  • Vanderbilt University, J.D. (1982)
  • Duke University, B.A. (1979)
    with honors

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina (1983)
  • Tennessee (2015)


  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Who We Are

What fully engaged means to me:

Working with and caring for clients as if their legal and business challenges were my own.

1001 West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC, 27101-2400
t +1 336.607.7322
f +1 336.734.2645

Richard J. Keshian

Experience Highlights

Class action law suit involving commercial truck diesel engines
Represented defendant in class action involving alleged defects in commercial truck diesel engines with exposure in excess of $250,000,000. more
Product liability claims against mechanical ventilator manufacturer
Represented a leader in the design and manufacturer of portable, mechanical ventilators for home health care in a product liability action more
Breach of warranty claims against heavy truck and engine manufacturer
Represents one of the leading heavy truck and engine manufacturer against allegations of negligence and breach of warranty and product defect claims more
Multiple eminent domain actions for both property owners and condemning authorities
Represented both property owners and condemning authorities, state, municipalities and businesses with regard to eminent domain actions in state and more