Keane A. Barger


Keane Barger has a broad-based practice with an emphasis on commercial and intellectual-property litigation.  Keane solves clients' problems through thoughtful planning, persuasive writing, and smart and cost-effective advocacy.

Keane regularly counsels individuals and business entities in the entertainment and healthcare industries, in matters ranging from copyright and trademark litigation to contract and parent-company liability disputes.  He also has experience representing clients in LLC-member disputes, tort suits, trusts and estates matters, and employee non-compete litigation.

Keane has defended several of the world's largest music-publishing companies and most prominent pop and country artists in copyright-infringement suits; represented healthcare providers in multi-million dollar contract disputes; and served as litigation counsel for a major professional sports franchise.

Keane has been named a Super Lawyers Mid-South Rising Star since 2018.  Keane was named 2019 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the Tennessee Justice Center for his work representing disabled Tennessee citizens who have been denied home-based care.

Prior to joining Riley Warnock & Jacobson, PLC, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Susan H. Black on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Keane graduated from Vanderbilt Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, Articles Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review, and the Executive Problem Editor of the Vanderbilt Moot Court Board.  He received the Robert F. Jackson Memorial Prize as the highest-ranked second-year student and the Edmund M. Morgan Prize for submitting the best law review note.  Keane graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Centre College with degrees in History and Government.

Publications and Speaking Engagements:

  • Author “Be a Liar or You're Fired! First Amendment Protection for Public Employees Who Object to Their Employer's Criminal Demands," 66 Vand. L. Rev. 1541 (2013).
  • Presenter - Lifting the Veil: A Look Inside the World of Law Clerks, Tennessee Attorney General's Office (June 29, 2016).

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation


Vanderbilt Law School, J.D. 2014
Centre College, B.A. 2010

Bar Admissions

Tennessee, 2014


American Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association


Phone: (615) 320-3700 ext. 151
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