Robert Keane is a real estate partner in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He concentrates his practice primarily on the representation of private equity firms, opportunity funds, domestic and international companies, investment banks, commercial banks, non-regulated lenders and pension funds in real estate-related equity investments, joint venture formations, lending, acquisitions and dispositions and debt restructuring, workouts and reorganizations.

Robert is one of only five lawyers ranked Band 1 for Real Estate in Southern California in the 2021 edition of Chambers USA with clients noting “He is the most efficient attorney that I have ever worked with, he distills things down so quickly” and “I think he is a superstar in the real estate industry.” Prior editions of Chambers USA described Robert as “phenomenal” adding that his clients report “he is truly an excellent lawyer — he knows his stuff, gets along well with opposing counsel and is incredibly responsive” adding “he is incredibly knowledgeable about statute, law and legal precedent and also a great negotiator.”


Thought Leadership


Article Editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review


Presentation to the Financial Lawyers Conference entitled “Hedging Your Bets: Are You Swapping One Problem For Another?” which discussed selected enforceability issues with respect to securing hedge, swap, and derivative transactions with California real property


Named a leading lawyer for real estate in consecutive editions of Chambers USA (2015–2021)

Recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of real estate in consecutive editions of Super Lawyers — Los Angeles (2004–2020)

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2010–2020) for Real Estate Law

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, the State Bar of California

Member, the American Bar Association

Member, the Los Angeles County Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • California


  • Loyola Law School, Los AngelesJ.D.1997
  • Loyola Marymount UniversityB.A.1994