Keith D. Grace, Partner

Keith D. Grace, a founding member of the firm, is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer with experience practicing in the nation’s three largest and most competitive legal markets. Since his admission to the bar in 1994, Mr. Grace has represented clients ranging from major corporations to individuals in a wide range of complex litigation matters in State and Federal courts throughout the United States.

Before founding Cornell Grace in 2010, Mr. Grace practiced with prestigious litigation firms in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York focusing in the areas of complex commercial, insurance, securities, construction, products liability and entertainment litigation.

Mr. Grace handles the defense of general liability and insurance coverage matters, primarily on behalf of large construction companies, corporations, hotels, universities, and other educational institutions. Mr. Grace also handles many of the firm’s commercial litigation matters, which include a wide range of complex disputes involving breach of contract, fraud, trade secret, unfair competition, predatory/sub-prime lending, employment and other claims.

Having achieved success in every aspect of litigation, a number of Mr. Grace’s victories over the years have come by way of pre-trial dispositive motion. In 1999, Mr. Grace was instrumental in defeating an injunction action and 9th Circuit appeal brought against the makers of the record-breaking independent film The Blair Witch Project. More recently, Mr. Grace has obtained numerous pre-trial victories for clients in State and Federal Courts, including summary judgment victories in high-value New York State Labor Law matters, and the summary dismissal of fraud, unfair competition, unjust enrichment and tortious interference claims against the firm’s client, a leading management company for charter schools and urban school districts nationwide.

Mr. Grace is admitted to practice law in New York, California and Illinois.

Mr. Grace is a member of the New York State Bar Association, as well as the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), whose mission is to advance the effective practice of higher education attorneys for the benefit of the colleges and universities they serve.  Mr. Grace and other NACUA members have been endorsed by a Member Institution and approved by the Chair of NACUA’s Membership Committee and Board of Directors.

Phone: 212-233-1100     |     Fax: 212-233-1110


Mr. Grace received a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from The University of Oklahoma, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa in his home state of Oklahoma. Mr. Grace completed his third year of legal study as a visiting student at The John Marshall Law school in Chicago. During law school he was selected for his school’s National Moot Court Trial Team and the Phi Delta Phi Honor Fraternity.

Practice Areas

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Construction Accident and Labor Law
  • Construction Defect
  • Educational Liability and School Supervision
  • Municipal Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability

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