For as long as Ryan can remember, he always wanted to be an attorney. Growing up, he observed multiple family members build successful legal practices in the Peoria area. Specifically, Ryan learned from his father the hard work, determination, and integrity that it takes to be a successful attorney. Those are values which Ryan tries to incorporate into his work every day.
While attending the University of Missouri, Ryan majored in Political Science where his interest in law and government flourished. At Mizzou, Ryan interned for both a United States Senator and the Speaker Pro Tem of the Missouri House of Representatives. These opportunities provided Ryan with a unique understanding of the legislative process, as well as a deep appreciation of the law itself.
Upon graduating from Mizzou, Ryan attended the Michigan State University College of Law. At MSU, Ryan continued his passion for law and government by serving as a legislative fellow for the House Republican Policy Office. In that role, Ryan analyzed existing legislation and performed legal research for proposed bills and resolutions. Additionally, Ryan also worked for the Office of the Michigan Speaker of the House, focusing on policy issues which directly affected constituents. While holding these positions, Ryan also consistently made the Dean’s List and served as an associate editor for the MSU Animal and Natural Resources Law Review.
Each summer during law school, Ryan returned to Peoria in order to clerk at Quinn Johnston. His experience as a law clerk affirmed his desire to return home and practice law. Upon passing the Bar Exam in 2020, Ryan has focused his practice primarily on defending medical health professionals, insurance companies, and businesses in general. In the short period of time that he has been practicing, Ryan has already assisted in obtaining summary judgment on multiple matters, successfully argued dispositive motions, and obtained a favorable verdict in a small claims bench trial.
Outside of work, Ryan is proud to call Peoria home. When not at the office, you can likely find him on the golf course, enjoying the restaurant scene in Peoria Heights, hanging out at home with his girlfriend, or cheering on his beloved Mizzou Tigers and Michigan State Spartans. Additionally, Ryan is excited to begin joining civic organizations to help give back to an area which has given him so much.
- J.D., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 2020
- Honors: Cum Laude Graduate, Dean’s List (5 of 6 semesters)
- Journal: Associate Editor, Animal and Nature Resource Law Review
- B.A., Political Science, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri 2017
- Honors: Dean’s List
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Peoria County Bar Association
Illinois Emerging Lawyers list, 2022
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Smith and Keeton Obtain Defense Verdict for Surgical Group in Peoria County
Quinn Johnston attorneys Matthew Smith and Ryan Keeton obtained a not guilty verdict for a surgical group and three of its employed physicians in a recent medical malpractice case in Peoria County.