Blake Keating is vice president, media claims, at OneBeacon Professional Insurance (OBPI). Blake is responsible for all aspects of media liability claims at OBPI and supervises claim and litigation defense nationwide and internationally. For more than 20 years, he has specialized exclusively in media claims, making him the longest-serving and, quite likely, the most experienced “media claims only” person currently at any insurance underwriter. His focus is to make the claims experience entirely better through a cooperative, responsive and fair process – he believes deeply that claims service of the highest order is what people purchase, expect and deserve when they buy media insurance from OneBeacon.
Blake utilizes an easy-going manner and a pragmatic approach to media claims, which, combined with his high level of expertise, experience and continuing study of media law developments and trends, make him an extremely valuable resource and strategist for insureds, brokers, lawyers, journalists, business persons and underwriters. He is a recognized media claims “thought leader” and has written 40 white papers on a diverse group of subjects for OBPI insureds and brokers. His singular combination of experiences as a litigator, his long tenure in media claims, his training at leading national law and journalism graduate programs, his integrity and his recognized interpersonal and leadership skills make him one of the most respected claims analysts in the media insurance industry.
An attorney for 30 years, Blake began his career as a commercial law litigator and partner in a Kansas City law firm. He has been Martindale rated “AV Preeminent” by his peers in the legal profession since 2000 for demonstrating the “highest legal and ethical standards,” an esteemed distinction that is rare among media claims persons at insurance underwriters.
He received his degree in liberal arts from Austin College of Texas, where he was the Stephen F. Austin Fellow; a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a writer for the Texas Legal Research Board honorary; and a certificate in technology and communication from the Graduate School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also done work at the School for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
Blake has been a frequent speaker at media law seminars and to law and journalism classes. His writings on a variety of topics have been extensively published in law reviews, professional and scholarly journals and in the popular press. He is the former president of the Kansas City Bar Young Lawyers, the former longtime chairperson of the Kansas City “Media and the Law” program, which he helped develop into one of the nation’s most successful media law seminars, and a member of the advisory board for the University of North Carolina Center for Media Law and Policy.