Jul 06, 2016
Turner Padget Graham & Laney, P.A. announces the addition of Greenville-based of counsel David H. Keller, a nationally recognized leader in workers’ compensation law. Keller joins Turner Padget’s Workplace Law Group from Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP. He is the 10th lawyer to join Turner Padget this year as part of the firm's continued growth effort to build its five South Carolina offices.
“David is well-known throughout South Carolina and across the country for his distinguished 27-year career in workers' compensation, and his leadership in the law has shaped many of the regulations surrounding workplace legislation in our state,” said Michael E. Chase, shareholder and co-leader of Turner Padget’s Workplace Law Group. “We have a long-standing professional friendship with David and respect for the caliber of work he performs, and we are pleased to add him to our growing team.”
Keller represents self-insureds, carriers and third-party administrators in workers' compensation matters. He has successfully represented hundreds of employers and carriers over his career, and has numerous reported cases from the South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. He has a special interest in jurisdictional cases, professional employment organizations and transportation issues. He has been recognized among the Best Lawyers in America for workers’ compensation defense for the past five years.
He is a frequent lecturer at industry events related to workers’ compensation law and is an adjunct professor in Greenville Technical College's paralegal studies department. He is also a Certified Family Court and Civil Court mediator.
Keller served on the board of managers for the National Council of Self Insurers and is a past president and current board member of the South Carolina Self-Insurers Association. He is an active member of the South Carolina Bar Association, the Greenville County Bar and the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association.
Before entering private practice, Keller was a staff attorney for the South Carolina Supreme Court and the South Carolina State Accident Fund.
Keller currently serves as vice-chair of the Greenville City Planning Commission. He is an active leader in the Anglican Church, serving as a current delegate to the Anglican Church in North America’s Provincial Council and the St. Andrews Society of Upper South Carolina. He is also on the board of directors of the Carolina Ballet Theatre.
Keller earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and his law degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the South Carolina Army National Guard and served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.